"A life of health and happiness is an intentional choice we all have the power to create."
Gigi Gibbs, MPH, CHES, is a coach, speaker, and founder of The Art of Well-being. For nearly twenty years she has empowered people to live healthier, happier, and more balanced lives. Gigi has worked with entrepreneurs, fortune 500 companies, artists/entertainers, business executives, moms, and individuals who want to live and feel better.
She earned her Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from UCLA and her Business degree in Finance with a minor in Kinesiology & Nutrition from USC with honors. Gigi holds credentials as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), a Certified Financial Educator (CFEI), and a certificate in Culinary Arts. Additional areas of specialization include optimal pregnancy preparation, mindfulness, and corporate wellness.
A lifelong athlete and decorated veteran, Gigi got started in wellness when she served as a nutritionist and culinarian. She was responsible for planning and preparing meals that optimized performance for service members in the U.S. Army.
When she is not helping clients, Gigi loves being in nature, practicing yin yoga, going to the spa and spending time with her husband and son.
My Wonder Baby
I should have had difficulty getting pregnant. I have PCOS (a condition where cysts form on the ovaries and can lead to infertility), and I am genetically predisposed for obesity, diabetes, and hypertension for good measure. Add to that, in the world of obstetrics I was old. At 36 I would be described as “Elderly Primagravida” or “Advanced Maternal Age.” Getting pregnant at my age was a “geriatric pregnancy” and categorized as “high-risk.”
That wasn’t my reality.
I beat all those odds with my lifestyle choices. Despite having a hormonal disorder and being maternally “elderly,” I got pregnant with three months of trying and zero medical interventions. My endocrinologist credited my lifestyle and labeled my PCOS “atypical” all because of my health behaviors.
I had a beautiful, healthy pregnancy with no complications. Sure, I had fatigue and there were days I wanted to crawl under my desk, but I successfully managed all the cravings (CARBS!) and strange nuances without compromising my baby or my body. My son went to full-term and is thriving, healthy, and happy. After giving birth, I didn’t skip a beat. I was back to leading an active, healthy lifestyle only I was babywearing and breastfeeding.
Today I enjoy my ever-changing role as a mother and wife, while balancing my commitment to self-love and care.