These Mums Do Fitness is a gym-free personal training company based in Sale, South Manchester.  The focus is on getting women & Mums back to fitness through group training sessions at the same time and place every week, 1:1 personal training and group training sessions at a time and place suitable to you.

The These Mums Do Running Club has been developed to help people start on their running journey and then improve/enhance their running ability.  The aim is to create a running community in Sale for women

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Flexible Approach

Life with kids is extremely busy so These Mums Do has been created to enable Mums to incorporate a fitness plan into their weekly routine– with the ability to train with your babies/toddlers present in the days or when they’re tucked up in bed in the evening.  These Mums Do is for both the novice exerciser as well as experienced one, with all sessions tailored to individual client’s needs.

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Each session will focus on improving your fitness levels, working the core muscles and having fun!  I want to not only help Mums on their fitness journey, but also help them to meet new people, make new friends, get some support and get active.

My Aim

Is to make personal training affordable to everyone and help Mums recognise their potential.  The whole ethos is about making Mums realise they can do anything, be anyone and surprise themselves.  I also want to impart my love of running on others as I’m a huge believer in the idea that everyone can run, as long as they have the right tools and training #thismumcan #thesemumsdo

Facts About Me

In terms of the facts for you – I’m a Level 2 qualified trainer specialising in pre and post-natal fitness who is working towards Level 3 as I type!  I offer a range of services to Mums – group training sessions at the same time and place every week, 1:1 personal training and group training sessions at a time and place suitable to you.

“From personal experience, getting out and doing some exercise can really improve your mood and help you through the craziness which ensues when a newborn baby arrives!”

My Story

My name’s Becca and I live in Sale, Cheshire and I’m a Mum (and wife!) with 2 kids and a very mental dog!! I’ve become a personal trainer to help Mums get back to fitness after having their little ones. After going through my very own battle back to fitness after having both babies, my aim is to now help others Mum’s with their journey.

I put on a LOT of weight with both babies – can’t really tell you why (cake had a little to do with it!) but I have managed to lose all of it – twice! It was no walk in the park (literally!!). A little part of it was down to my personal determination, but primarily it was the way I did it.

12 weeks after having my daughter, I joined a fitness class and this was the start of my journey. I took me 9 months but I finally got to my pre-pregnancy weight and fitted back into my jeans and I was hooked with the exercise bug! I have even learned to love running (it took a while…) but it’s now one of my favourite things – that and drinking wine!! (I’m a huge believer in everything in moderation!!)

I was made redundant whilst on maternity leave with my 2nd baby and I decided to use it as an opportunity to do something that I love and am really passionate about. I now want to help Mums on their own fitness journeys and meet their own goals and at the same time, give them the opportunity that I had – to be able to meet new people, get some support and get active.

Award Winning!

I am extremely proud to announce that I won the Raring2Go Altrincham & Sale Award for the best pre/post natal class in the area – as voted by you!

After such a short time in business I am overawed to have received this.  I’m so pleased you enjoy my classes and running clubs and cant wait to continue to get the ladies of Trafford fit and active!

Prices
My aim is to make personal training affordable to every budget and I hope my pricing structure reflects this. For each person, I will do a detailed goal setting session prior to starting out as there’s no point in training if you don’t know what you want out of it. After working out your goals, I will then design you a tailor made programme which will get you to hit your targets

I have come up with the idea of offering group training sessions for 2-6 people. This can either be groups of people that already know each other for example some of your antenatal/NCT group or just friends going through the same thing the same time, or I can put similar, like minded people into groups with similar goals to yourself.

If you want any further information on pricing, please just get in contact and I’d be happy to discuss everything in more detail

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1:1 Training

One off session – £37 per hour
5 sessions – £170 (£34 per hour)
10 sessions – £320 (£32 per hour)

Group Training

2 people – from £25 per person
3 people – from £20 per person
4 people – from £18 per person
5 people – from £15 per person
6 people – from £12 per person

Classes

£5.00 per session or 5 sessions for £20

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"I certainly wouldn't be (nearly) back into my pre-baby wardrobe if it weren't for this class and being able to take my little one along"

Ellie, Mum to Rufus

"I cannot believe that in the last 7 days I've run 18.13km. I could not have done this without the motivation and support from Becca and the support from all the lovely running group ladies who make it so much fun"

Debbie, Beginners Running Club

"Last night, in the cold, I ran for 25 minutes straight and then didnt drink wine. This is a huge achievement for me! Thank you so much Becca, you rock"

Kirsten, Running Club
Mum and Baby Exercise Class @ Davyhulme Park, Urmston

Canterbury Road, Urmston, M41 0RA

Monday – 9.30 – 10.30

The park is situated just on the outskirts of Urmston town centre off Crofts Bank Road. There is ample free on street parking around the park. The class meets by the pond inside the park.

Mum and Baby Exercise Class @ Worthington Park, Sale

Broad Road, Sale, M33 2FR

Tuesday – 9.30 – 10.30

The park is situated on Broad Road close to the centre of Sale. There is plenty of free on street parking around the park. The class meets at the bandstand in the middle of the park.

Ladies Only Exercise Class @ Sale Sports Club, Sale

Clarendon Crescent, Sale, M33 2DE

Wednesday 7.30 – 8.30pm

The Sports club is on the corner of Clarendon Crescent & Dane Road and there is ample free parking available.  Dependent on the weather we will be outside on the tennis courts or inside in the function room of the clubhouse.

Mum and Baby Exercise Class @ Stamford Park, Altrincham

Stamford Park Road, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA15 8HR

Wednesday- 10.00 – 11.00

The park is situated just on the outskirts of Altrincham town centre towards Hale close to Altrincham football ground. There is ample free on street parking around the park as well as a small car park in the park. The class meets by flagpole by the pond in the middle of the park.

Beginners Running Club

Just £30 for 10 weeks

NEXT 10 WEEK PROGRAMME BEGINS on Monday 24th September and will be based in Sale, South Manchester.  

For just £30, I am offering a trainer led 10 week Couch to 5K programme.  This is a beginners running class to get you well on your way to running 5K.

On Week 1, you will be given a detailed 10 week programme which will consist of 3 x 30 minute workouts per week – 1 of which you will do with me in a group and the other 2 sessions you can fit into your own schedule.

Every Monday, we will meet at the main gates of Worthington Park, Sale and together we will complete the first run of the week.  This will be round the streets of Sale and the session will last 30 minutes.  Each weeks session will be different and primarily involve the walk/run method which gradually increases your endurance levels.

By the end of week 10 you will be able to comfortably run for 30 minutes plus and be well on your way to being able to easily complete 5K.

5k Smash

£5 per week or £20 for 5 sessions

You’ve got to 5k but you want to increase your pace and endurance then this is the class for you.  We will run various different sessions every Monday evening from 8.15-9.00pm.

We will do Interval training to increase your current pace, Tempo training to look at speed, Fartlek (speedplay) training to build up your speed and endurance and various other fun methods.  I also run some sessions mixing running and toning exercises to build muscle strength and therefore endurance – this is fabulous cross training and a definite for all runners of any ability – only pre-requisite is you need to be able to comfortably run 4k.

5-10k Running Club

Just £50 for 8 weeks

NEXT COURSE STARTS on Tuesday the 2nd October and will be training for the Tatton Yule Yomp 10k in December

For just £50, I am offering a trainer led 8 week 5-10k programme.  This is a running class suitable for those who can already run 5k to get you well on your way to running 10K.

On Week 1, you will be given an 8 week programme which will consist of 3 workouts per week – 1 of which you will do with me in a group and the other 2 sessions you can fit into your own schedule.

We will meet at the main gates of Worthington Park, Sale at 7.30pm every Tuesday and together we will complete the first run of the week.  This will be round the streets of Sale and the session will last between 40 and 60 minutes.  Each weeks session will involve the walk/run method which increases your endurance levels.

By the end of week 8 you will be able to comfortably run for 60 minutes plus and be well on your way to being able to easily complete 10K.

This course is training to be ready for the Tatton Yule Yomp on the 9th December 2018

FAQ’s

When can I start?

If you’ve had a natural delivery, you can start exercise from 6 weeks postnatal and if you’ve had a C-Section, it’s 10-12 weeks post. It really important that you have had your 6 week check with the GP prior to starting any exercise (or with the Health Visitor if the GP isn’t an option for you) but mum’s can join in at any time you feel ready to start after this.

How do I join?

For the exercises classes in the parks, you don’t have to book in but if you are coming for the first time, if you get a chance please just get in contact with me first as you need to fill out a pre-screening questionnaire prior to your first session

For personal training (group or 1:1), please get in touch with me and we can discuss all the different options available to you.

For the running clubs, for beginners and the 5-10k clubs, they run in fixed time programmes so please get in touch for the next start dates and for the Monday evening running club its complete drop in, just again let me know if you’re coming for the first time

How much does it cost?

For the weekly classes and the drop in run club, it’s £5.00 per session or £20 for 5 (£4.00 per session)

Prices vary for group and 1:1 personal training – please click here for more information

What if it rains? (we are in Manchester after all!)

We do the workouts come rain or shine – unless the weather man tells us to stay inside or if it’s snowing (no-one’s that keen, surely??!!) so please make sure you come prepared for both yourself and the baby – lightweight waterproofs and pram rain covers are essential. There are areas under tree cover which we can move to which give a little extra protection from the elements

What to bring?

All you need to bring a bottle of water – especially if you’re breastfeeding as you’re more susceptible to dehydration and then a snack like a banana (wouldn’t advise cake!!) for the way home in case you need an energy boost.

Also, for babies, it might be advisable to bring them a drink and snack to see them through the hour. Their favourite toy could also be handy too to keep them happy!

What do I need to wear?

  • Trainers – proper footwear is essential. You need trainers which will support and cushion when doing exercise. Good trainers will reduce your injury risk, especially if you’ve not done exercise in a while.
  • Sports Bra – your breasts change so much during and after pregnancy, it is essential that you support them correctly when doing exercise – and this is even more important if you are breastfeeding. It’s advised to feed before doing exercise so you are more “comfortable”!! For more information on good sports bras, I highly recommend the website www.boobydoo.co.uk who offer a fab range including maternity ones.
  • Light layers – we all know how changeable the weather is. It’s best to wear a few light layers so you can easily remove then during the workout

Becca Broadbent

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becca@thismumcanfitness.co.uk

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Guest Blog……Introducing my fabulous Run Leader Laura McKinney

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Laura, This Mum Can’s fabulous Run Leader took some time from her crazy schedule to talk to me about her, the love she has for running and what she can’t live without!  Laura’s kicking off her first solo led runs on Saturday morning as part of the new half marathon running club which started on Monday.

Who are you, where are you from and tell me some facts about you!

I’m Laura – I was born in Scotland, moved to Ireland where I grew up and then moved to Manchester last year with my Husband and 3 kids.  Before I moved to Manchester last year, I was a prop buyer and set decorator in film and TV.  This is where/how I met my husband.  He often works away and on one of his jobs he worked in Manchester and loved it.  He said “Hey, why don’t we all move here, it’s great”, so we did!

 

I feel most at home when…

I’m cuddled up on the couch with my 3 kids after I’ve just run 21kms

 

When did you start running and what got you into it?

Just after my 2nd child was born I walked the Dublin mini-marathon which was a 10k race – the largest event of it’s kind and I remember thinking “next year, I want to run this” and that was that!

 

What made you join a running club? 

I joined a running club back in Ireland years ago to help me reach my mini marathon goal of 10k – I was so nervous the first time but I felt really at home when I started it and I made some amazing friends.  I had a collicy baby driving me nuts and I needed to run off some steam and I was hooked.  When I moved to Manchester I saw Becca’s poster in Worthington Park – it was a lifeline as I didn’t want to run on my own all the time

 

Tell me about your best ever run?

I think it was probably when I ran the Connamarathon Half – it’s a rugged hilly course in the West of Ireland.  This was my first ever half marathon and I loved every second of it

 

What do you enjoy most about running with This Mum Can Fitness?

I love meeting like-minded people and when I started with the group, it was a lifeline – it also helps me to not get lost on my runs (which I have a huge habit of!!)

What motivated you to become a Run Leader?

When Becca offered me the opportunity to train as a Run Leader, I jumped at the chance.  I couldn’t have run all the races I have without other peoples support so I wanted to help train others.  We are all run leaders in our own way

What can someone expect from a run session with you?

I hope they will have fun!  You can run any distance if you do the proper training and learn to pace yourself and have the right attitude but the most important thing is that you’re enjoying it.

 

Do you get injured at all?  Do you have any handy hints/injury prevention tips that you can share?

I get the odd niggle but if you listen to your body and remember to stetch you should be fine.  Epsom salt baths are amazing and drink plenty of water.

 

What’s your top tips for new Mums who are getting back to exercise?

I literally ran from one lamppost to the next when I began running – we all have to start somewhere.  No-one is judging you, only yourself, so be kind and just get out there.

 

Let’s talk pelvic floor…what’s your advice to anyone who’s experiencing issues whilst running?

I try to do my exercises semi-regularly!  I guess I also try and engage my core when I run and that helps me.  Yoga’s great too to focus you on your core.  I’ve never had major issues luckily

 

What’s your personal favourite type of run training and why?

Speed work and hill training are great (when they’re over!) and they really work but my absolute favourite type of run is a long social run with a good friend when we put the world to rights!

 

What’s your best piece of advice to runners?

You learn the most on a bad run…never give up

 

What cant you live without?

A sense of humour

 

How would you friends describe you?

Bonkers!!

 

If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 things would you take and why?

Sports Bra and a blankety blank cheque book and pen!

The Importance of Good Trainers for Running

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This next blog is about something which is vital to all runners – the importance of wearing a good running shoe.  Everyone is different and has a different shoe need but running shoes “are designed to protect your feet from the road, provide traction on different surfaces, cushion the landing shock and support your feet” (Active.com)

I’m trainer obsessed…yes, I admit it!! It must be a family things as my brother even collects them (yes that’s a thing!) I’ve 3 pairs of running shoes, 1 pair of training shoes and a couple of pairs of “fashion” trainers that I don’t really do any sport in, they just look pretty!!  You might be thinking “why does she have so many” and I admit I’m able to wear trainers a lot more than the average person so I do need a few extra pairs for if they get soaked or muddy, etc but please let me explain why I’ve more than one pair of running shoes…

A running shoe has a “life” and its estimated that this is around 300-500 miles before you should replace it, so I have 2-3 pairs of running shoes that I alternate between.  I wear the newer pair (once worn in) for my longer runs and then alternate between the two older pairs for other, shorter runs.  I can feel in a shoe when it starts to need to be replaced – I note achier calf muscles, sorer knees, etc when a shoe isn’t up to scratch any longer.  “Each time you take a stride and land, your foot has to absorb 2 to 3 times your body weight” (Active.com) so it’s vital that the cushioning and support that a trainer has to offer is up to scratch.

It is essential for injury free running that you’re sporting the right footwear.  The first thing I ask any of my runners when they tell me about an injury or pain in their knee, shin, back, ankle is about their shoes and whether they are fit for purpose.  You’d be amazed at what some people run in…

There are so many different types of running shoe – for performance/distance, racing, trail running, etc and there are 3 main categories of “feet” which is all linked to your gait which is the running term for how you run.  It can all get a bit mind blowing…“Running shoes should not only provide substantial midsole cushioning, they should offer arch support, aid the prevention of injuries and can promote improved athletic performance” (Livestrong.com)  It’s a lot from one little thing but it’s the most important bit of kit required for running.  But don’t worry – there are professionals out there that can help!  But before you go you need to ask the following question

What is it I’m training for? Are you a beginner trying to get to 5k, are you going for your first 10k or half or are you full blown marathon training?  The style and amount of cushioning/stability depends on what you are training for.  Quick hint…please don’t pick shoes entirely on colour or style.  It’s not about how they look it’s about how they fit your feet.  Obviously you have to like them but please don’t just get the prettiest in the shop!

So back to the professionals.  There are a number of Running shops out there – loads in the local area (Up and Running in Manchester, RealBuzz in Altrincham, Running Bear in Alderley Edge to name a few) and they are fabulous.  The staff are well trained and will be able to answer any running shoe queries you may have (hopefully!!)  What they’ll do first of is understand your “gait” by assessing how you run on a treadmill (in store).  They will look at how you run and analyse (in layman’s terms) how your stride lands on the belt and see what your feet and ankles do.  You gait goes into three categories – neutral, overpronate (feed land inwards) or supinate (feet land outwards)  Once they have seen how you run and what support your feet need, they will then recommend a shoe which is fit for purpose.  They will offer your shoes which cushion, support and stabilise your feet and ankles. In my personal opinion (and everyone has different) the top running shoes brands for me are Brooks, Asics, Adidas and Mizuno (not in any particular order!!) so keep an eye out for these.  My personal fave is Adidas but I’ve just got a new pair of Brooks and I love them!

By way of my final piece of advice and something which isn’t talked about that much is all about how your shoes fit.  They must feel comfy – they should fit you like a glove so to speak!  Also, you need a bit of space at the end of your shoe – the recommendation is a full thumbs width (yes, like Clarks!!)  This is, I’ve heard, one of the most commonly made mistakes from people with their running shoes.  It is down to the fact that your feet swell and expand when running and you need that extra room to accommodate this.  If your shoes are too small you run the risk of blisters or sore feet (or losing toenails if you’re marathon running – ewwwww!!)

So by way of ending this – go grab your runners and have a look at them and if you’ve even contemplating the fact that they’re probably on their way out, go grab yourself a new pair – in the same way that no-one ever regrets a workout, no-one ever regrets getting a decent, supportive pair of trainers.  If you want any advice please just comment or ask and I’ll share some wisdom if I can!!

Guest Blog…Lorrie Hartshorn on why hiring a PT is one of the best things she’s ever done

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“Treat yourself to some me-time,” they said…

My time with Becca is 100%, unashamedly for me, and there’s something really powerful in blocking out that space every week to look after myself.

Hiring a personal trainer wasn’t something I ever thought I’d do. But, until I became a mum, there was something I didn’t realise:

A tired woman covered in Petits Filous will pull some strange shit.

So while I don’t know quite why I suddenly emailed a personal trainer to book a session, what I do know is this:

  • It was a really big deal for me
  • I felt slightly sick once I hit send

OK, more than slightly.

Wanting to be more than mum

I had my little girl when I was 30. With her came a whacking great dose of post-natal depression.

I did everything to look after her, and nothing to look after myself. Nearly three years later, I was tired, pissed off and really, really unhappy in my body.

I loved being a mum. What I didn’t love was the fact that, somewhere along the line, I’d stopped being anything but mum.

Life was moving in ever-decreasing circles: baby groups, library sessions, supermarket trips, naps in the car.

And right there at the centre of it all was me: overweight, depressed, and almost always slumped in baggy, yoghurt-covered leggings.

Facebook: finally good for something

I found This Mum Can on Facebook.

I’d joined a group for our local area and, in a sudden burst of motivation (I’d had more coffee than usual), I typed up a thread asking members to recommend a personal trainer in south Manchester.

Before I hit enter, I went back and rejigged my post: I wanted a female PT who knew about motherhood and all the never-ending, yoghurt-slinging shit challenges that came with it.

The first poster recommended Becca.

Then the next one.

Then the next.

Either she was really good, or she’d got a lot of fake Facebook accounts. Either way, she seemed like a good choice.

I booked a session.

The Mouth from the South arrives…

Becca turned up at my house with a number of terrifying things: a step, weights, a mat, and a look on her face that said, “You’re about to exercise.”

She’s very expressive.

We started at what I now realise was a super gentle pace, baby-stepping into HIIT (high intensity interval training) with plenty of gaps between sets so I could lie face-down on my patio and wonder why I was doing this to myself.

And we got through it. I got through it.

Becca was really motivating, and my shame at being so unfit didn’t seem to faze her – as she put it, there were only three rules:

1) Don’t faint

2) Don’t puke

3) Don’t die

The way she figured, if I worked hard enough to hate it, I wouldn’t do it again.

Again! Again!

I did it again.

I signed up for another five sessions. Then another 10. And we’re still going.

The exercises have got harder, the weights have got heavier, the gaps between sets have got shorter.

And me?

I’ve got stronger. I’ve got more toned. I’ve taken up running and smashed the targets I set for myself. I’ve ugly cried after getting off the treadmill because I was proud, and I’ve never been proud of my body.

Now, my little girl plays in the garden and joins in while Mummy and “Auntie Becca” work out. And when I’ve had to take breaks for illness or to recover from some surgery, I’ve wanted to get back to it.

I’ve never wanted to work out before.

Hiring a PT has been one of the best things I’ve ever done.

My time with Becca is 100%, unashamedly for me, and there’s something really powerful in blocking out that space every week to look after myself.

Working out has taught me that I want to be strong, not skinny. It’s shown me that I can actually stick to things that I find tough rather than throwing the towel in (or at Becca).

And it’s taught me to look after my sizeable bum with lots and lots of squats, because who wants a pancake ass anyway?

I’m pretty sure I’ll keep This Mum Can Fitness around. I’ve got more goals and a long way to go before I’ll feel as fit as I want to be, but I really feel like I’m on the right track.

This mum can. This mum did.

Lorrie’s a Manchester copywriter – http://lorriehartshorn.com. When she’s not being tortured by Becca, she spends her time sitting on her fabulous, squat-enhanced bootay and writing website content for her lovely clients.

Diastasis Recti – what it means, how to help it heal & what to do if it’s you’re not feeling right

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The official medical term for this is “diastasis recti abdominus” and although often referred to as a “Mum Tum” it is actually a medical condition which in some cases can have serious consequences.   It is a condition where the right and left sides of the rectus abdominis, the so called ‘six-pack’ muscles, spread apart at the stomach midline (the linea alba).  Separation of your abdominal muscles during your 3rd trimester of pregnancy is entirely normal and ALL women will experience this to a degree.  This is due to the growth of the baby in the uterus pushing against the abdominal wall, and pregnancy hormones that soften connective tissue.  Separation can occur any time in the last trimester but is most problematic after pregnancy when the abdominal wall is weak.

What are the consequences?  When the stomach muscles are drawn apart during pregnancy they are unable to work properly and can’t respond to the stresses and strains of the day to support your body as they should, and it can prevent optimal function of the core.  Your abdominals are important in supporting your back if a diastasis is left untreated, it can cause a number of issues including pain in your back or pelvis, poor core stability and pelvic floor dysfunction – yes, you read that right – pelvic floor muscles.  66% of women with diastasis recti have some level of pelvic floor dysfunction (Spitznagle et al 2007).

Your stomach muscles and pelvic floor muscles are intrinsically linked and to strengthen one will hugely help the other.  This is another reason why doing your pelvic floor exercises is so important.  In many cases physio is needed to help restore stability to the abdominals so they can function optimally.  It is easy to check if you have a diastasis; lie on your back with your knees bent and press your fingers down towards your spine a few centimetres above and below your belly button, perform a sit up movement and see can you feel the rectus abdominus muscles come together around your fingers. If the gap is more than two fingers width, you should seek out physiotherapy to help abdominal recovery.

Traditional “ab” work like crunches and planks won’t restore normal muscle activity if you have a diastasis and if performed inefficiently, can actually cause more harm than good.  This is why I never have “crunches” or anything like that in my classes and why I demonstrate ½ planks along side full planks or give you the option to do a totally different exercise so that you don’t do anything unsuitable until your body is “ready” and back to normal – whatever normal might be!!

Some helpful tips for general function and healing after having a baby are:

  1. Reduce the load on your abdominal wall by avoiding excessive lifting and twisting – when getting out of bed, always roll onto your side, drop your legs off together and push up into a sitting position with your arms. Do the reverse to get back into bed.
  2. Allow your body to rest as much as possible for the first 4-6 weeks. As hard as it is for some (not so much for others!!) your body WILL thank you for it.  From 6 weeks post labour (10 after c-section) you are fine to start exercising but take things easy – don’t do full HIIT training off the internet – try and exercise with someone like me, a post natal specialist.  I’m qualified to know suitable exercises and also quickly adapt exercises if you can’t fully complete the full one or if it hurts you section scar, etc
  3. Avoid all activities that place stress on your stomach, and that stretch or overly expand the abdominal wall. Movements to avoid:
    • All strenuous exercises that cause your abdominal wall to bulge out
    • Sit ups/abdominal crunches
    • Holding baby on one hip continuously
    • Lifting and carrying heavy objects – this includes the car seat so be very careful when lifting that in and out of the car and avoid carrying it for prolonged periods of time
    • Intense coughing while your muscles are unsupported (obviously sometimes unavoidable but if possible!)
  4. When lifting your baby, draw in and hold your tummy muscles, bend your knees and bring baby into your chest when you lift.
  5. Keep yourself well hydrated and eat as healthily as possible to promote tissue healing. As hard as it is, the more fruit and veg you have early on, the healthy option will help your recovery – sorry!!! Ha ha

So by way of finishing this blog – if you don’t feel “right” please don’t ignore it – get some help.  Your doctor can refer you for appointment with a specialist women’s health physiotherapist.  Professional advice is essential in your recovery and the sooner you do it, the better it is.  Please speak to your GP before or at your 6 week check and they will be able to refer you for an NHS appointment.

If you didn’t want to wait for an NHS referral, you can go to a Mummy MOT practitioner privately. I work closely with pelvic physiotherapist, Felicity Nicholson who provides a specialist post natal physiotherapist assessment called a ‘Mummy MOT’. She believes all women postnatally should be able to access pelvic physiotherapy to help them recover optimal pelvic health. She works in the NHS and privately and uses pilates to help mums restore optimum abdominal and pelvic floor recovery.  These do cost money (approx. £65-75) but (personally) they’re worth the investment entirely as you get a personal  1:1 session to discuss any issues or problems you may have discovered and you get a tailored plan designed specifically for your post natal rehab.