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The Reason Why This Gym Is Only Open to Pregnant and Postpartum Moms

It offers a safe place for moms-to-be and new moms to exercise, with workouts tailored specifically for them.
PUBLISHED ON 09/28/2018

No matter how obvious it may be, moms-to-be and new moms are never fully prepared for the changes their bodies will undergo. One New York City gym is here to help with this crazy transition.

Fit Pregnancy Club—known by its regulars as “FPC”—is a gym focussing exclusively on pregnant and postpartum workouts. The fitness center offers a safe place for women to exercise, with workouts tailored specifically for them.

FPC is the brainchild of moms Carolina Gunnarsson and Joanie Johnson. Both women went through pregnancies and postpartum highs and lows, and wanted to find a safe and healthy way to incorporate fitness during this exciting time in a woman’s life.

“We're really training women to move at a functional level and retraining their breathing mechanism and the way they’re activating their core,” Johnson tells ABC news.

Pregnant and postpartum ladies can rest assured knowing they are in good hands. In addition to fitness backgrounds, the instructors offer an array of pregnancy gurus, including doulas, a pelvic floor specialist, a childbirth educator, a prenatal nutrition specialist and a lactation counselor, ABC news reports.

It’s much more than a gym; it’s a support group for moms. It's constantly adding new classes and finding creative ways for new mamas to connect with one another, offering workshops on childbirth, breastfeeding, postpartum recovery and more. A recent addition to the schedule, New Mom Support Group, provides an outlet for moms to share whatever is on their minds.

“We believe that motherhood is nearly impossible without a strong community around you. This is why we launched our New Mom Support Group series. Here we meet, with or without our babies, and chat about things that make us happy, things that make us sad, challenges we are facing, opportunities that have been presented, how life has changed and is changing, we share experiences and advice, we laugh and we sometimes cry. It is always a space of non-judgement and it’s always free,” the company boasts on its Instagram page.

If you don’t live close enough to visit FPC, be sure to brush up on the dos and don’ts of working out while pregnant before hitting the gym.