Being pregnant is a magical time in most women’s lives. But pregnancy and childbirth can also physically strain a women’s body, leading to lifelong problems. Drawing upon her own experiences, Marianne Ryan, the founder of Marianne Ryan Physical Therapy and author of “Baby Bod: Turn Flab to Fab in 12 Weeks Flat!,” wants to teach expectant moms and mommies how to take care of themselves postpartum to prevent any problems. Ryan’s offerings will help pregnant women get into their best shape for childbirth, and moms embark safely on their postpartum health and fitness journey.
What’s more, Marianne Ryan will be at the upcoming New York Baby Show on May 20 and 21, at Pier 94.
The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler. From top products to trusted parenting experts, the New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!
Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.
We spoke with Marianne Ryan to learn more about her book, “Baby Bod: Turn Flab to Fab in 12 Weeks Flat!,” and all of her offerings when it comes to postpartum self-care.
What is your professional background? What did you do before writing “Baby Bod: Turn Flab to Fab in 12 Weeks Flat!”?
I’ve been working as a physical therapist in my own Midtown Manhattan practice, Marianne Ryan Physical Therapy, for over 30 years and we specialize in women’s health.
I’m also a mother. During both of my pregnancies, I had a reoccurring back pain and urine leakage that did not go away after childbirth. I lived with the pain, stress, and incontinence (leaking urine when I sneezed, coughed, or jumped) for decades. I tried several different treatment programs to get rid of it: physical therapy, biofeedback, massages, pilates, and yoga. But nothing worked.
So I did a lot of research and developed a simple exercise program that takes less then 15 minutes a day, and it cured my problems. That is why I wrote my book. I wanted to share this successful program with women around the world. There is a lot of incorrect information and poorly designed exercise programs out there that may cause more problems and not help women fully recover from childbirth.
For someone unfamiliar with Marianne Ryan Physical Therapy, how would you describe the practice’s mission and core offerings?
Women receive a lot of support during their pregnancy, but the medical care ball is dropped after childbirth. In other countries, like France, women go for physical therapy treatment after each baby starting at six weeks postpartum. They are encouraged to go for two to three months to recover the strength in their pelvic floor and core muscles.
Our entire practice, Marianne Ryan Physical Therapy, focuses on women’s health needs during pregnancy and after. We use the Baby Bod Exercise Program along with specific treatment protocols to help pregnant women prepare for childbirth and help moms safely and fully recover after delivery, no matter how long it has been!
Moms can bring their babies to the office during treatment, which is especially important when we treat Blocked Milk Ducts. We also have treatment programs to help women with pelvic pain and other orthopedic problems like back and neck pain, TMJ Dysfunctions, headaches, and general orthopedic conditions.
What inspired you to write “Baby Bod: Turn Flab to Fab in 12 Weeks Flat!”? And how would you describe its core message?
In my physical therapy practice, I started seeing a lot of French women who live in NYC for postpartum rehab about ten years ago. They explained to me that all women in France go for physical therapy and that it is considered a normal part of their childbirth experience.
In the U.S., women are not encouraged to go for a postpartum checkup or treatment after childbirth. I didn’t think that I could change our medical care system so I wrote my book to help women reclaim their bodies after childbirth.
What sets “Baby Bod: Turn Flab to Fab in 12 Weeks Flat!” apart from similar books in the marketplace?
First of all, it is an evidenced-based program; the book is based on scientific evidence written by a medical professional. It’s not just fitness advice. The book bridges the gap between medical care and fitness advice. To get a free preview of the book, click HERE.
What can parents and families expect to see from your company in the future?
We are launching an Internet coaching program where women can meet with their own certified Baby Bod practitioner. A lot of moms feel overwhelmed and that they don’t have the time to read my book, but would like extra help in learning about the Baby Bod Program.
The coaching program consists of four one-on-one sessions for a half-hour each via Skype with a certified Baby Bod practitioner. The program includes the book, “Baby Bod: Turn Flab to Fab in 12 Weeks Flat!,” in paperback and on the Kindle, and the Baby Bod exercise app. For more on the program, click HERE.
To learn more about “Baby Bod: Turn Flab to Fab in 12 Weeks Flat!,” check out babybodbook.com!