Pregnant or had a baby recently? You have come to the right place! I offer a range of services for mums-to-be and new mums – ranging from personal training to providing home workouts that are safe throughout all stages of pregnancy and postpartum.
I will teach you how to breathe on exertion, vital throughout all aspects of life but even more so during pregnancy and postpartum, to ensure that you keep your core and pelvic core strong. If you’ve already had your baby, understanding these techniques will help to restore your core and address any pelvic floor dysfunctions you may have. Did you know that performing functional exercises such as glute bridges, squats and lunges, whilst breathing on exertion and engaging your pelvic floor, is 30% to 50% more effective at strengthening your core and restoring your pelvic floor, than lying on the floor doing regular core or pelvic floor work, such as kegels or crunches? Did you also know that if you have any type of stress urinary incontinence, (i.e. you leak when you sneeze, run, jump or laugh,) doing things like ab crunches, sit ups, planks and jumping, can put unnecessary pressure on your intra-abdominal wall and will further weaken your, likely already weak, core?
Whether you’re pregnant or postpartum, don’t worry if you’ve never done any form of strength training before, your sessions are tailor-made for you.
For pregnant mamas, we will also do pregnancy release mobilisation techniques to protect your muscles and joints throughout pregnancy as well as preparing your body for birth. My goal is not only to protect you and your body but ultimately, it’s to have you feeling strong as you head towards childbirth. I firmly believe (and so does the NHS) that the fitter and stronger you are going into childbirth, the quicker your recovery afterwards.
For postpartum mamas, we will check you for diastasis recti (ab separation) as well as have a chat about your pelvic floor. If we suspect that you may have any sort of pelvic floor dysfunction, I will refer you to a local women’s health physio called Louise Rahmanou. Louise does Mummy MOTs – a specialist post-natal assessment recommended for all women following childbirth, whether 6 weeks or many years after. Louise will assess the strength and function of the tummy and pelvic floor muscles to help prevent long-term childbirth related complaints using a restorative exercise programme to regain stability and optimal function. If any serious dysfunction is not addressed, it can lead to serious problems further down the line, such as prolapse or hernia. We can absolutely commence training at the same time. I will also show you some super fun exercises that you can do whilst using baby (minimum 12 weeks old) as a weight!
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I am educated (and continue to get educated) through Burrell Education – world renowned leaders in women’s health, specifically in pregnancy, postpartum and menopause.