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Exactly how this woman made her baby bump disappear.

Mamamia logo Mamamia 18/5/2017 Rachel Curtis

Pregnant women have been sharing videos of a breathing technique that almost makes their bumps disappear.

The “belly pump” videos are proving a hit on Instagram – with thousands of views.

Happy Spring Mamas! Our beautiful instructor Rachel tapping into her deep core on her stunning hike this afternoon! Do you connect to your changing core in both exercise & daily movements? Do you know what intra-abdominal pressure is and how to maintain appropriate pressure in your abdomen whether pregnant or not? Are you aware that incorrect intra-abdominal pressure throughout your pregnancy (or after) can increase your chances of having diastasis Recti, PF prolapse & incontinence? Simple re-patterning can shift all of this while providing better results through exercise & other movement modalities. The Bloom Method wants to help you with all of this... pregnancy doesn't have to cause pain, it doesn't have to be complicated, It doesn't have to create a sense of disconnect within your body and it most certainly shouldn't make you feel any other way than Empowered & Strong! Shifting unnecessary movement & breathing patterns will provide more joy & awareness in your body than you may have imagined! TBM Belly Pumps are a must for all mamas, while we teach a series of deep core engagement exercises these are super yummy and easy for any woman to incorporate into her pregnancy! Adding BP's to your day may feel weird at first as most of us are chest breathers before we draw awareness to the imporantace of diaphragmatic breathing. Stick with it and be patient... your body came into this world breathing this way, it just has to remember 😜 We know you want to feel better during pregnancy (no pelvic or low back pain), decrease your chance of abdominal separation & PF prolapse or incontinence, become more aware of your deep core in ALL movements; not just your workout, build a stronger relationship with your PF outside of the dreaded kegel, & better understand how to use your deep core in the pushing phase of labor - making your pushing time drastically less, and heal quicker and safely pp! Give it a try and feel free to reach out if you need guidance- #fitpregnancy #fitbump #bellypump #thebloommethod #fitpregnancy #pregnancyfitness #pregnancyexercise #prenatalexercise #prenatalfitness #strongasamother

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Spearheaded by a US fitness studio, The Bloom Method, the pumping is described as “diaphragmatic breathing with deep core engagement”.

But we just call it “wow”.

Belly Pumping aka Diaphragmatic breathing with Deep Core Engagement! Why do we think EVERY expecting mother should be adding this to her daily regimen? 1️⃣ Helps to maintain a connection to the deep core muscles throughout pregnancy {pelvic floor, transverse abdominis, & Multifidus} 2️⃣ Decreases low back & Pelvic pain due to the deep cores ability to stabilize the spine & pelvis 3️⃣ Decreases your chance of abdominal separation by creating a balancing effect of the Inhale- creating space for the baby & the Exhale - maintaining strength in the muscles of the deep core 4️⃣ Helps teach women how to effective PUSH during labor. Knowing how to use your deep core during the pushing phase of birth speeds up pushing time by over 70% 5️⃣ Provides more stability postpartum while speeding up healing times during this rehabilitative stage 6️⃣ Keeps the expecting woman in parasympathetic nervous system, providing de-stressing signals to her and baby {this is much healthier than the Fight or Flight space most people currently live in} ::Add belly pumps to workouts or do throughout your day to create more balance and strength to your pregnancy. Try while driving, siting at your desk, brushing your teeth, cooking, etc :: The Belly Pump follows your breath with an inhale as the belly expands, Exhale as you activate your PF & TA together. Keep the breath slow and controlled throughout the exercise! #fitpregnancy #prenatalexercise #birthprep #prenatalworkout #prenatalfitness #pregnancyfitness #pregnancyexercise #birth #labor #expecting #prenatalcore #pregnant #pregnancy #maternity #thebloommethod #boulder #colorado #aspen #aspencolorado #fitness #fitmom #exercise #core

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Brooke Cates, from The Bloom Method, said on Instagram that “every expecting mother should be adding this to her daily regimen”.

She claims it decreases low back and pelvic pain and helps teach women how to push during labour.

Fans of the studio have shared their belly pumping versions on Instagram.

A beautiful reminder that no matter how many babies we carry and/or the belief systems that go along with our pregnancies, you are as strong as you believe you are and that staying connected to your core while pregnant is a beautiful reality. @exercisingbalance was 33 weeks pregnant with twins in this video and it's amazing to see her deep core strength as she grows her two beautiful baby boys. Amy is a Pre & Postnatal yoga teacher (check out her DVD's) and knows all to well how beneficial Belly Pumping and Belly breathing is to an expecting mama. These techniques aren't just exercises they are ways to tap deeper into yourself using your breath & the co-contraction of your deep core muscles. They help you prevent low back pain, reduce stress during pregnancy, push baby (or babies) more efficiently during labor and re establish a deep connection to your core post birth. ALL expecting mamas should be adding these simple yet powerful techniques to their fitness regimen. It's smart, functional training for mamas who want to stay in charge of their bodies! #fitpregnancy #thebloommethod #bodyafterbaby #postpartumfitness #postpartumbody #prenatalfitness #pregnancyfitness #pregnancyexercise #prenatalexercise #prenatalworkout #pregnancycore #healthybaby #fitmom #fitfam #strongmom #pregnantwithtwins #boulder #colorado #bloomfit #bellypump #core #labor #birth #strength

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Cates claims the technique provides de-stressing signals to the unborn baby.

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