Win a brillaint new post natal fitness DVD

*comp now closed the winner weas Dani Baker*

Claire Mockridge is an Ante/Postnatal Fitness Expert who runs Pregnancy and Postnatal Fitness and Pilates classes for new mums and mums-to-be, and is here to answer your questions about exercising after birth.

 Claire has a Pregnancy Fitness DVD “Don’t let your BUMP get in the way”, and a Postnatal Fitness DVD “Now it’s YOUR time”, and she’s offering one lucky reader the chance to win a copy.

When can you return to exercise after birth?

New mums can generally return to exercise 6-8 weeks (natural birth), or 8-12 weeks (c-section) after birth.  Do make sure you’ve had your Doctor’s Health Check-up first before you start.

What happens to the abdominals during pregnancy?

The six-pack muscle which runs from your breast bone to your pubic bone is joined together with a strong fibrous sheath called the Linea Alba.  As your pregnancy develops, the Linea Alba (painlessly) lengthens and, in some cases separates.  It’s a bit like cling film stretching apart!

Do the abdominals re-align after birth?

Thankfully – yes!  The abdominals start to re-align within a few weeks after birth.  They will never completely re-attach to their original place, and the more pregnancies you have, the more the gap remains.  If you’re in any doubt, ask your Doctor to check for you.  If your GP finds a gap of more than 2 fingers between your Linea Alba, Pilates-based exercise and lots of pelvic floor work are what you need.

What sorts of exercise should new mums do?

Pilates-based exercise, or a postnatal-specific fitness class run by a qualified Ante/Postnatal Instructor really are the safest options.  Mainstream exercise classes could do more harm than good, as not all fitness instructors are qualified to accept postnatal women in their classes.  It’s really important not to rush back into your pre-pregnancy fitness regime too quickly after having had a baby.  You may do ever-lasting damage if you do so, because your body is very injury-prone for the first 6 months after birth, due to the pregnancy hormones that remain in your system which affect the stability of joints.

What if I can’t find a Postnatal class?

If you can’t find a postnatal-specific or mother and baby class, why not consider doing a workout at home in between your baby’s routine?  There are several DVDs and books now available which provide a cheap option for getting back into shape.  Claire’s Postnatal Fitness DVD “Now it’s YOUR time” comprises of 3 different workouts, and no workout is longer than 15 minutes, which makes it perfect for busy new mums.  There’s lots of variety with over 2 hours worth of footage, and you could chose from 3 x cardio routines, 3 x toning sections, 3 x Pilates-based segments and 2 x stretching sequences.  You will not get bored with the DVD!

post natal dvd

 Competition:

To win a copy of Claire s fab post natal exercise video simply answer this question in the comments section. How fit did you feel after having a baby?  I know I felt I could jump a mile with joy but my poor body didn’t!

If you also tweet I am trying to win a post natal fitness DVD by @clairemockridge over at the @babybudgeting blog and let me know you have I will give you 2 entires.

T&C’s:  UK entrants only please. Winner picked at random. Comp ends on November 4th

Claire’s  contact details

Mummies and Buggies – www.mummiesandbuggies.co.uk  CoreBaby Pilates – www.corebaby.co.uk

Pregnancy Classes – www.bumptobabe.co.uk    www.facebook.com/clairemockridge1  www.twitter.com/clairemockridge

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19 Comments

  1. kath v
    October 28, 2011 / 6:16 am

    I had my second baby 3 weeks ago and my stomach (never great anyway) feels so spongey! A specific postnatal dvd sounds great

  2. kath v
    October 28, 2011 / 6:19 am

    I have retweeted as kathvcomps

    Thanks

  3. Angela Webster
    October 28, 2011 / 6:29 am

    I felt like I was running on adrenalin after giving birth, but have felt so unfit during this pregnancy so I’m not sure how fit I will feel after this one.

    @MrsWebster147

  4. Angela Webster
    October 28, 2011 / 6:30 am

    I have also Tweeted 🙂

    @MrsWebster147

  5. Danielle baker
    October 28, 2011 / 6:51 am

    My second baby – a beautiful little girl named Rosie-Faith is now 4 weeks old.
    I’m elated at the chance of being a Mummy again and am so in love with her.
    I wish I could say the same about the relationship with my post-birth body.
    I had lost 3 stone before getting pregnant but managed to put it all back on and more during my pregnancy , as eating was the only thing that eased my allday sickness!
    I had a caesarean , and the first time I saw my tummy I CRIED!!
    It doesn’t look much better now , and hangs horribly over my scar.
    I love being a Mummy but I HATE my tummy , and just want to feel like me again.

  6. Danielle baker
    October 28, 2011 / 7:18 am

    I have also RT’d the competition message , I am @TheDizzyMama on Twitter xx

  7. Kate Cunningham
    October 28, 2011 / 10:18 pm

    I felt really good after both my girls and started exercise really quickly but I was fit before hand (not so fit now!) Would love to win this for my daughter who is having her first baby at beginning of January and is keen to get back in shape as soon as she can.
    @01592_katie

  8. Kate Cunningham
    October 28, 2011 / 10:19 pm

    I have tweeted too
    @01592_katie
    Thanks for great giveaway

  9. October 29, 2011 / 12:24 pm

    I seriously felt like I had been hit by a bus after I gave birth. Every muscle felt like it was strained, even muscles I didn’t know I had! @RedRoseMummy

  10. Carolina J.
    October 29, 2011 / 3:32 pm

    I was struggling with breastfeeding so did not think much of my body, just wanted my baby to be fed and happy!

  11. Carolina J.
    October 29, 2011 / 3:32 pm

    Tweeted! @pandcands

  12. November 1, 2011 / 4:54 pm

    Pickle is now 10 weeks old after arriving via emergency c-section & I am only just feeling like my body can cope with some exercise beyond pushing his pram. I’m also recovering & still being treated for SPD, so need to return to exercise gradually & carefully!

    Cheers, @Kanga_Rue 🙂

  13. November 1, 2011 / 4:55 pm

    I have tweeted too 🙂

    @Kanga_Rue

  14. Charlotte
    November 2, 2011 / 10:36 pm

    Straight after, sure I felt pretty awful fitness wise. Having said that, after my first I had a prolapsed disk so I was severly out of action with a new born for months and months. With my second, after the initial shock, I was desperate to get back to pilates within 6 weeks, twice a week, which helped my tummy ping back into shape. Combined with some aerobic classes 2 or 3 times a week, and I have to say, now that baby Pippa is just over 1, I have never felt fitter in my life! I’d love this DVD because i’ve heard a lot of good things about it…

  15. Charlotte
    November 2, 2011 / 10:37 pm

    Have tweeted as @cupcakecorneruk

  16. Debbie. A
    November 4, 2011 / 7:34 pm

    I had my 3rd baby, a girl, on 28th October. I feel battered and bruised but confident my body will recover all in good time, with lots of tlc.@debbieandr

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