Get back into shape after pregnancy! Real Hospital Footage First Six Weeks Plan A MUST for getting back your pre-pregnant body. Includes real footage of Jennifer immediately after her C-Section offering tips on what to ex... more »pect and how to care for yourself during your hospital stay. Also includes a SAFE First Six Weeks Exercise Plan, which will gently prepare you for Jennifer?s Main Post Pregnancy Workout. This unique and inspiring workout: ? Includes a First Six Weeks Exercise Plan, safe to perform whether your delivery was vaginal, c-section or even if you have a diastis recti ? Includes Jennifer?s Main Post Pregnancy Workout that strengthens all the core muscles to get you back into shape after pregnancy, FAST! ? Includes yoga-infused pilates as well as low-impact cardio to shape and tone« less
"First, let me preface this review with the fact that I didn't workout regularly pre-pregnancy. I've been blessed genetically, and that combined with a crazy schedule and, admittedly, plain laziness, I rarely found time for exercise except for a pilates class a few times a month. Also, I ordered this dvd after I gave birth and it was delivered after my doctor released me for exercise at 6 wks so I didn't get to use the exercises she demonstrates in the hospital. However, I've used the main work out and found that it is generally good overall. It helps if you have experience with some basic dance moves (she incorporates basic ballet moves in the work out)so you understand the form/balance, as well as some basic pilates, for the same reason. I don't feel she does a really good job of explaining the neutral spine, and, for the benefit of beginners, it would help if she demonstrated modified versions of some of the movements. For example, the pilates roll down/roll up can be very challenging, and requires a lot of stomach strength that tends to be lacking after pregnancy, let alone a c-section - there are modified ways of performing this exercise, as I learned in past pilates classes, that helps develop stomach strength without risk of injury, etc.
I would not recommend this work out for someone who considers themselves advanced as far as exercising goes. It isn't likely to be a challenge, but may still be a good resource for exercise suggestions while still in the hospital/immediately following birth. I would recommend it to anyone who is a beginner (as long as you have some basic pilates knowledge, as I mentioned before) to someone intermediately skilled. The workout was quite challenging to me when I first started it about 6 wks ago but since then I've mixed up my routine to include other forms of exercise; now it still provides a good, somewhat challenging workout without being too boring. It has definitely contributed to getting me back into my pre-baby wardrobe.
Also, check out the book "Bounce Back Into Shape After Baby" by Caroline Creager. This is a GREAT book. I found the information contained within to be very thorough and helpful. It includes information for exercising following either c-section or vaginal delivery."
sher | 03/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"WOW. It is amazing to see the footage of Jennifer right after her C section in the hospital and then see the change in her body just a few months later. It is really encouraging. Pretty brave of her to let the camera roll in the hospital right after giving birth! (brave, and really helpful...) I love the beginning of the tape . Both the hospital tips and the first six week exercises. I was so lucky to have this dvd before I gave birth. So I was prepared!! I went to the hospital knowing the exercises I could and should do during my stay. After I returned home I was able to do all the gentle and effective exercises in this workout's 1st 6 wk plan right away!! And the main workout is incredible. In 4 and half months I really feel like I've gotten my pre pregnant body back without killing myself. I feel healthy and strong!!! Highly recommend this dvd..."
Great workout--post partum and otherwise
Kironic | Houston, TX USA | 09/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I exercised through my pregnancy and was eager to start up again but was cautious because of the 6-week rule. This DVD was a great beginning in that phase and beyond. It would have been nice to have seen the DVD even before I went to the hospital since the instructor shows some simple things you can do while in the bed. The bed exercises would have been great just to start stretching out and feeling less like an invalid.
I've started the post-6-week workout and it is great. To be honest, since I've done pilates before pregnancy and exercised regularly throughout, I thought it would be an easy workout. It is not, though it is low-impact and sensitive to the post-pregnancy physical state.
All in all a great purchase. Highly recommended."
Good low impact workout
Mary Milton | san francisco | 07/16/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I liked this workout. It leaves you feeling warm and relaxed, not exhausted. I think there could be a few more advanced options for when you get a little farther along... but it's a good one to start with."
Good, but not very satisfying
T. Sullivan | Chicago, IL United States | 08/31/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This video is pretty good in the sense that you really feel like she knows what you're going through since she had her own C-section and you see her in the hospital. The post 6 week routine is pretty relaxing, easy to follow and you can easily find the props in your home. The only thing I didn't like about it was that I didn't really feel like I got a good workout OR a good stretch, which I would have liked. I'm pretty average when it comes to being in shape and just had my second c-section, but I just didn't feel afterward like I had accomplished much after this workout. It may be just that I'm impatient, but I would have liked to feel a little burn or a little sore the next day, but I haven't felt a thing. I know the point isn't to hurt yourself, but you would like to think that you are burning some calories and building some muscle after having a baby and I just didn't feel like the workout pushed me very hard."