As an Advanced Fitness Instructor I have trained people with various abilities, goals and conditions. I firmly believe that any instructor should only give advice and plans within their qualifications. Since becoming qualified to teach Pre and Post Natal Classes, I've become more aware of the risks involved with trainers helping pre and post natal women without the correct duty of care -this implications not only for the mam but the baby as well. So ladies, please ask your instructor if they have the relevant correct qualifications to train you, as otherwise it's yourself at risk!
From learning training principles relating to pre and post pregnancy, I found it extremely interesting how training sessions must be adapted as trimesters develop - I really enjoy this as it keeps me thinking on how to adapt certain exercise motions for different abilities and trimesters.
At first when I started the classes for Active Northumberland, the new mam’s may be felt ‘why is a man taking our post natal exercise classes….?’ However once the sessions started and I was able to show them my style and workout structures which were especially designed for new mams, we all clicked which allowed my rappor with the Mams and babies flourish.
I would like to see pregnancy and postnatal fitness ran properly across all of the UK especially, as I feel as a nation of qualified knowledgeable instructors we can help all of our communities of pre and post natal ladies which will have a positive impact on their physical and mental health.
I also became a dad at the end of March 2019 to my beautiful daughter, which became my life’s number one focus. During the pregnancy with my Fiancee, seeing the incredible changes the female body did all in aid of having a baby just blew my mind! It made me understand the changes to the body in more depth from the training myself and the staff attended but actually seeing it all unfold was crazy (in a good way!)....and then post pregnancy as well!
So my Top 3 Tips for any new mam would be the following…
Number 1 - enjoy your time with Baby
Number 2 - remember to look after yourself. Not just for now, but the way you work now will also have a knock on effect for your future and even future pregnancies. As I've mentioned, remember to seek professional QUALIFIED Instructors to help you, like our ‘Mams on the Move Group’.
Number 3 - finally, nothing will be ‘Perfect’, attending sessions like going to the shop with a baby can be daunting. I understand myself as a dad. But at the end of the day, your baby is loved and will be fine, and if you need to stop to see to your baby or cut your workout short sometimes…that’s not a problem. At least you did SOMETHING and remember, even a little bit of exercise can boost your mood and mental wellbeing!
Let's all work to become FITTER-STRONGER-HEALTHIER-HAPPIER…. TOGETHER!
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