Before anything else, go feast your eyes on this video:
At first glance you must've thought it is actually a time-lapse video of a pregnant belly growing and shrinking- but it's not. (And there are no dark magic involved as well.)
Soon to be mommies, you might want to check out this new exercise program! Called the Bloom Method
, this program is created by Brooke Cates of Boulder, Colorado. She said that the belly pump technique is just a part of it and that whole method is about "redefining pregnancy exercise by providing women with really simple, effective tools that they can add into any methodology of fitness that they would want to."
"The reason the belly gets smaller is not because the woman is sucking in, but because she's using her inner core unit," Cates explained. "She's inhaling with the diaphragm as the belly gets bigger and then on the exhale, she's lifting through the pelvic floor and starting to wrap the transverse abdominal muscles — it's like she's using her muscles to hug her baby."
But is it safe? Well, let's ask a prenatal expert.
"I don't think it's going to hurt," said renowned obstetrician Dr. Jaques Moritz
, an OB-GYN at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York. "I think the idea of learning about and controlling your abdominal muscles are great — you're using them a lot for pushing a baby out, there's no doubt about that."
"The only problem I see with the Bloom Method is what she says on her website. Stuff like that she can prevent stretch marks, which are often caused by genetics, or that it's going to lead to an easier birth — I mean, hallelujah if it does, but I don't think there's any guarantee."
With this, Cate said she hopes that her method will have a scientific research someday. "I believe in prevention because I don't feel like women should be broken once they step into motherhood," Cates said. "The goal is to help every mama keep doing what she wants to do."
So, go ahead mommies and be in control of your own body no matter what. Go slay like Beyoncé!