My postnatal classes are designed for new mums who want to get back to their fitness levels safely and effectively. All classes are baby friendly, so you don’t need to find childcare. You can workout in a relaxed environment, knowing that you can tend to your baby whenever you need to. Babies attend in buggies for the outdoor workout. For the indoor workout they can stay in car seats, buggies, bouncy chair or on a playmat.
Make sure you’ve had your doctor’s approval to recommence exercise (normally 6 weeks for a vaginal birth, 8-10 weeks for a caesarean). After your check you are then welcome to join us as soon as you feel up to it!
Benefits of Coming to Postnatal Classes
- help regain your fitness and lose baby weight
- heal and strengthen stomach muscles and pelvic floor
- strengthen and stretch muscles affected by pregnancy
- meet other mums
- non-competitive atmosphere
- no need for childcare
- helps prevent postnatal depression
- exercises specially selected to prevent injury
Mums, Tums and Buggies
An outdoor postnatal fitness class with buggies.
The classes are designed to help you get back your fitness levels safely and to strengthen you for your daily mummy activities!
What does the class involve?
The session is an hour long and varies every week. We warm up with a brisk walk around the park, working on our posture. We then park the babies up for the main workout. This involves a mixture of cardio drills and strengthening and toning exercises. We’ll finish with a cool down walk back to the start and a well-earned stretch.
We exercise whatever the weather so make sure both you and baby are prepared for all eventualities!!
I provide all the equipment necessary so you don’t need to bring anything other than water.
1:30pm – Heaton Moor Park
1:30pm – Lyme Park, Disley
11:00am – Vernon Park, Stockport
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Here’s an interview I did with “Canalside’s The Thread” about Mums, Tums & Buggies – should give you an idea of what goes on in class!
Postnatal Pilates Recovery
Postnatal Pilates Recovery is designed to specifically address healing of the postnatal body after the changes from pregnancy and birth.
We work on posture and alignment
restoring the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles
and strengthening you for you daily mummy activities!
12:00pm – Christ Church, Reddish
10:30am – St. Martin’s Church, Heaton Norris
Postnatal Pilates Fitness
A new addition to my timetable! This is for those mums who have been through Recovery and are ready to progress on. It is also open to those who are later postnatal and/or have no diastasis or pelvic floor dysfunction. And for those who want to improve their fitness but prefer to work indoors!
The class still works on posture and pelvic floor and core strength. But we also include a circuit of exercises for strengthening further
10:30am – Christ Church, Reddish
- Do I need to bring anything with me?
I provide mats and all equipment necessary. You may like to bring a playmat or blanket for baby to lie on. I’ve also had mums bring rockers, bumbos and play gyms – anything to keep baby happy for the hour! If baby is asleep they can stay in their prams/car seats next to you
- I’ve never done Pilates before, does that matter?
This is not a regular Pilates class – the focus and purpose is different. So it won’t matter if you’ve never done it before! I’ve had many mums attend who have never done Pilates before and they loved it so much they continued into my regular Pilates classes once back at work! All the movements are done at your own pace so you won’t feel like you’re being left behind. And you can choose your own range of movement so you work to your own level.
- When can I start exercising again?
You can start my postnatal classes once you’ve had your 6-week check up from the doctor. For a Caesarean it’s 8-10 weeks. This is just a guideline to starting. It doesn’t mean you should go straight back to running/your previous routine straight away. Best to ease yourself in, start from the inside out and make sure you feel well in yourself. Any stitches should have healed and bleeding stopped.
- What if my baby needs a feed?
All my classes are breastfeeding friendly and the churches also have kitchens if hot water is needed. You can stop to feed at any stage – there are chairs available or you can stay on your mat. You can also tend to your baby whenever’s necessary – if I can help I will, with rocking, pushing prams or holding. In fact part of my job description seems to be baby whispering!
- What do I wear?
Comfortable clothing that you can move easily in. No need to splash out on gym gear if you don’t have it – most mums wear legging and a T-shirt. Layers are good, so you can stay comfortable throughout the class – you always cool down a bit when you come to the floorwork. We exercise in bare feet so no need to wear trainers. Socks are fine, if they have some grip on them that’s even better!
- Can I just turn up to a class?
Pre-booking is essential – all classes are limited in the number of participants I allow. I keep class size small so I can give personal attention to everyone. It also means you get to know a great group of mums!
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