On this weeks episode of Mom, Slow Down!, we talk to seasoned pilates expert Elizabeth Heidari who is a NASM and CES (corrective exercise specialty) personal trainer with PROnatal Fitness, TRX Suspension, and Pilates Mat certifications. The former professional dancer and choreographer has worked with crazy big names like Madonna and Nicki Minaj, and she joins us on the show today to talk about how pregnancy and motherhood have changed her perspective on health and fitness. A self-proclaimed Type A personality, Elizabeth has always been a go-getter who battled to say no in her twenties. But now, as a mom of one, she has learned to be more gentle with herself and embrace those off days, guilt-free. She talks about her passion for helping especially postpartum women who tend to suffer in silence, getting fired up about the need to dismantle the myth that we women simply have to accept the hands we are dealt after childbirth. Regardless of how old your youngest baby is, you can always address the difficulties, whether it is getting your abs or your energy back. Our guest also shares her personal experience of pregnancy, what she would do differently with subsequent ones, and why it is important to enjoy the process instead of wishing it over. We also talk about all-things-good like self-love, saying no, and making those gut-based decisions. So be sure to tune in!
Hear why Elizabeth is a deserving badass who has worked with Madonna and Nikki Minaj.
How motherhood changed her perspective on health and fitness for herself and her clients.
Get a sense of the types of classes she teaches and the time slots she is looking at.
Finding the balance between pushing your body and knowing when to listen and slow down.
The types of clients she focuses on and the massive need for especially postpartum support.
Dismantling the myth that women have to live with the problems they experience as mothers.
The most common pre and postnatal issues that Elizabeth can help women with.
Dealing with the overwhelming societal pressure to get back into shape after childbirth.
Elizabeth talks about her experience of pregnancy, including getting on a train during labor!
Hear what our guest would do differently if she was to have a second little one …
The importance of enjoying the process of pregnancy and permitting yourself some time off.
Finding ways to relax away from your digital devices, from reading to arranging flowers.
Learning to say no to the non-essential and doing the gut-check before committing yourself.
Advice to 25-year-old Elizabeth about hustling, being kind to yourself, and toxic relationships.