*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!
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