Pre and post natal exercise is an area where there are many misconceptions and half truths. Also pelvic floor health is an area which is often overlooked or “brushed off” by the medical profession. Have a good, toned , healthy pelvic floor is essential and it is really important to perform pelvic floor exercises correctly (it is so easy to cheat and it isn’t about squeezing as hard as you can!). Also important is doing friendly pelvic floor exercises without impact. Low impact does not mean easy or boring, believe me.
The important base to start is the beginning, to understand the exercise history, stage of pregnancy and whether there are any medical complications or concerns about the pregnancy. Then, an exercise program may be prescribed.
Of course, the exercise program will need to be modified on a regular basis in order to accommodate the changing demands of the body as the pregnancy progresses. Each exercise prescription must be different as each pregnancy is different although there are specific guidelines which do need to be adhered to according to each trimester.
The good news is that exercise can be continued and indeed should be encouraged. There is now evidence to show that exercise in pregnancy can help towards an easier labour, healthy birth weight for baby and a contented mum!
Post natal personal training
You now have your baby but maybe you are struggling to regain your fitness, too tired to go to the gym or perhaps have just lost a little confidence. If you have a diastasis recti (a separation of the rectus abdominus muscle) then I can help with this condition. I have healing exercises for diastasis recti, c-section and pubis symphasis dysfunction. Even if you had your baby years ago you may still be wondering “why isn’t my tummy looking “normal”, why is it still “flabby” – maybe I can help. Sit ups are NOT the answer. Pelvic floor issues can also be addressed and spoken about in confidence and without judgement.
For an exercise plan to get you back into shape and regain your fitness, personal training may be a practical way forward.
We can even build the program around baby when you work out at home (so no childcare issues!).
For an ante or post natal program (land or water based), contact Wendy for further information on 07951 922750 or