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Episode 3: Olympic Weightlifter, Quiana Welch, on her Pregnancy & Postpartum Journey

January 6, 2020 | 0 Comments
Episode 3: Olympic Weightlifter, Quiana Welch, on her Pregnancy & Postpartum Journey

Listen on: Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Podcasts I’m excited to introduce you to Olympic weightlifter, coach, and my friend, Quiana Welch, on this episode of the Practice Brave Podcast! Quiana shares her journey from finding out she was pregnant, to training while pregnant and now postpartum. We cover how her mindset has shifted and what her goals …

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Episode 2: What you need to know about being a pregnant & postpartum athlete

January 6, 2020 | 0 Comments
Episode 2: What you need to know about being a pregnant & postpartum athlete

Listen on: Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Podcasts Why is there no relatable information for female athletes who want to train through their pregnancy and make a return to the kind of performance and fitness they want to do as mothers? This question is what lead me to start the Pregnant & Postpartum Athlete. In this episode, I …

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Episode 1: The Story Behind Brianna Battles

January 5, 2020 | 0 Comments
Episode 1: The story behind Brianna Battles

Listen on: Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Podcasts Welcome to the first episode of the Practice Brave Podcast! I invited my business project manager on this first episode to talk about my pregnancy and postpartum stories and how they led me to create Pregnancy & Postpartum Athleticism and this podcast! We cover my story, what Practice Brave is …

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How do I change my breathing during pregnancy/postpartum

December 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Breathing has grown a lot in awareness within the health and fitness industry. You could say it’s had a glow-up of attention over the past few years, yes with good reasons, yes with some overkill. While breathing is a simple, automatic process that we, of course, take for granted, there are different breath strategies that …

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Key Considerations for Coaching Pregnant & Postpartum Athletes

November 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Coaches act as the first line of defense for the people they influence. A good coach knows that what we do and how we do it extends FAR beyond exercises and a kick-ass training session. What makes us good at what we do is our ability to connect, observe and be creative with context. Anyone …

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MY STORY

November 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

I grew up in a small town in Southern California, raised by my single mom and sister, until my mom remarried in my teenage years. I was involved in swimming and water polo for most of my childhood and continued with water polo through college at a Division 1 University. I graduated with my degree …

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Your First 6 Weeks Postpartum: 6 movements + guidance for the postpartum athlete

October 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

*This guidance is NOT medical advice and all pregnancies, birth methods and recoveries vary by individual and experience. It is highly suggested to prioritize rest above stress. For at least the first six weeks postpartum, keep activity levels low to moderate and know that less is more right now even if it seems counterintuitive. WHEN …

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The 5 P’s: Preconception, Pregnancy, Postpartum, Pelvic Health, Performance

August 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

When it comes to preconception, pregnancy, postpartum, performance and pelvic health, there’s a lot of extreme OR generic info. I like to hang out in the middle, connecting all the considerations for a variety of individuals. Yes, we can make some general suggestions. Yes, we can identify the extremes. But mostly importantly, I want anyone who …

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Am I the “Worst Case” Scenario?

May 20, 2019 | 1 Comment

I am 2 weeks post op from a scar revision. The above image shows the healing of my scar at this stage (2 weeks post), and some of the redness is due to laser treatment. I was incredibly hesitant to get it revised at only three months post op from my original abdominoplasty, but after …

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Abdominoplasty update

April 19, 2019 | 3 Comments

I am 10 weeks post abdominoplasty and recovery has been challenging, just not in the ways I originally anticipated. Going into surgery, I was concerned about things such as implications to my pelvic health function (no history of symptoms, but was concerned about the potential of them due to pressure changes), and long term athleticism. …

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