Molly Galbraith on Training during and after Pregnancy

Like many people, Molly Galbraith was unhappy with her body when she was 18 and would spend years struggling with insecurities.

But, when she discovered how she could stop comparing herself to other women, Molly dedicated her life to supporting women and helping them feel strong, confident, and empowered in their lives and bodies.

She and other passionate women co-founded Girls Gone Strong as a platform dedicated to women and strength. Since its founding, Girls Gone Strong has grown to become the world’s premier education company that provides evidence-based interdisciplinary health, fitness nutrition, and pregnancy education for women and the health and fitness professionals who work with them.

In her book, Strong Women Lift Each Other Up, Molly draws from her experience as a coach and Woman-in-Charge at Girls Gone Strong to guide women through what it takes to use their values and lift other women.

Molly joins me today to discuss training during and after pregnancy. She discusses pelvic organ health and the role of coaches in supporting women’s health.

She reveals the dos and don’ts of exercising and lifting heavy weights while pregnant and shares her advice for planning a return-to-work program for women postpartum.

And Molly also explains why she is a staunch advocate of therapy and mental health and how women can develop a healthy relationship with their bodies.


Unless you’re someone who specializes in working with young male bodybuilders, you’re going to work with women, and there are things you need to know about their bodies to be able to coach them well. – Molly Galbraith


This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:

  • How Molly got into the world of physical preparation
  • Why she emphasizes pregnancy and postpartum phases in her work
  • The reason coaches need to be educated on pregnancy, postpartum, and women’s health
  • The biggest misconceptions and myths about pregnant women and exercise
  • The dos and don’ts of exercising for pregnant women
  • Molly’s recommendations for lifting heavy weights while pregnant
  • Using the principles of strength and conditioning to write a smart return-to-exercise program for women in postpartum
  • Assessing the healing of the diastasis recti
  • The importance of seeing a pelvic floor specialist
  • Tips and advice for coaches talking to their clients about potentially sensitive topics
  • How therapy helped Molly cultivate a healthy relationship with her body
  • How to be a strong woman who lifts up other women


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