Micky Marie Morrison, PT, ICPFE

Micky Marie Morrison is a licensed physical therapist and a certified perinatal fitness educator, author of Baby Weight: The Complete Guide to Prenatal and Postpartum Fitness, and creator of www.BabyWeight.TV, a website featuring more than 100 prenatal and postpartum fitness videos to help mothers get and stay in shape throughout pregnancy and beyond from the comfort and convenience of home.

Extreme Exercise During Pregnancy: How Much Is Too Much?

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Recommendations for exercise during pregnancy are vague, and generally quite conservative so as to prevent any undue stress on the pregnancy or the expectant mom. Official medical position on the subject has been revised in recent years, however, to encourage more activity during pregnancy. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends... Read more

Activities To Help Induce Labor

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The last weeks of pregnancy are often uncomfortable, and most of us get to the point of wishing to speed up the time and get the baby out ASAP.  With swollen feet, an achy back, acid reflux, and sleepless nights, who can blame you? So the question often arises: What can I do to get... Read more

Getting Moving After A Cesarean: When Is It Okay?

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If you had a c-section, keep in mind that in addition to recovering from the drastic bodily changes resulting from pregnancy, you are also recovering from a major abdominal surgery. This means that you will be weaker, especially in the abdominal muscles, than the new mom who didn’t have a c-section, and will have more... Read more

The 3 Most Important Third Trimester Exercises

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Even though you may not feel like doing much at all as your belly grows week after week, it's important to keep moving throughout pregnancy, including in the awkward and uncomfortable last weeks. Third trimester exercises are some of the most important, helping to alleviate aches and pains while also prepping your body for labor. These... Read more

Losing The Mommy Pouch: Ten Minutes A Day To Firm Your Lower Abs

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Summer is upon us, which means pools and beaches and many other opportunities to don a bathing suit. Bikini season can be a real bummer for new moms who aren't pleased with the body changes leftover from pregnancy. The good news is that there's a lot you can do to help yourself look and feel... Read more

Combatting Summer Pregnancy Swelling

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A summer pregnancy can be uncomfortable, to say the least. The only thing worse than trying to maneuver a third trimester bump around in the heat and humidity is trying to do so with swollen, achy feet and legs. Unfortunately, the higher temperatures increase the probability of swelling, which can be both unsightly and painful.... Read more

Postbaby Body Love: Stop Comparing

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After being overstretched and overstressed, your postpartum body needs some love. It's tough not to frown when faced with sagging skin and a fuller frame in the mirror, but remember what your body has accomplished! Remember, it took nine months to stretch everything out, so you shouldn't expect it to "bounce back" a week or... Read more

Why You Shouldn't Strive for Pregnancy Abs

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When Los Angeles model Sarah Stage posted pics of her surprisingly slim 8-month pregnant bikini bod on Instagram, she certainly received the attention she solicited. Some praised her impressive physique while others remarked she must have an eating disorder and unhealthy pregnancy. So began a heated dialogue about what pregnant... Read more

How to Improve Your Pregnancy Posture

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It's not uncommon for pregnancy and parenthood to seriously affect your posture, causing aches, pains and other physical changes. As breasts grow during pregnancy, the increased weight tends to round shoulders and position the head forward, causing a hunchback-like posture that's already worsened by hours in front of a computer screen and behind the wheel of a... Read more

Make Tummy Time Fun for Mom and Baby

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As a physical therapist, I often educate new moms on the importance of tummy time for their babies. It can start when baby is about two or three months old (or can lift her head). Helping baby become comfortable in the prone position has big benefits: Reduces risks of SIDS- Placing baby on her belly helps... Read more