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Five great reasons to come along to Buggyfit

posted by Joan Palmer

Gluten Free Banana Bread
  1. The biggest reason when you are a new mum, is that you get an hour of ‘me’ time!! On having your baby, everything and everyone is focussed on the baby, now it’s time for you to do something for yourself while your baby is safely with you in their buggy. Start early on giving yourself some time to do something for you as it can be quite difficult to fit it in!
  2. Fresh air! Even if you have had a poor night’s sleep you will feel so much better for getting up and out into the fresh air – so many mums at my classes tell me this. Many studies have also shown that babies who go out in the fresh air will sleep better – it’s a win win situation for you.
  3. You know you will be returning to exercise post pregnancy and birth in a safe and gradual manner. You will complete a full health questionnaire to pick up any complications that may inhibit your return to exercise and I will perform a tummy muscle check to make sure you are doing the correct exercise at the right stage of your post-natal recovery. All exercises are given with an easier option so you don’t need to be concerned about your level of fitness before starting the class. Come along and get fitter and stronger with every session.
  4. You will get a release of endorphins with a session of exercise. Endorphins are your natural feel good hormones and when you are a new mum finding your way with new situations you could do with a few of these. Your workout will also mean that you are getting stronger in all the areas that will have weakened through your changing pregnancy posture. Unless you work on these areas of change they will remain weak and you will then be more susceptible to developing aches and pains through a lack of muscle strength and good posture.
  5. A social outing. An opportunity to have a chat and make new friends going though similar things in life as you and with the same interest as you to get back in shape. You know the saying, ‘A problem shared......’ You may be at an exercise session but there is always time for a chat!

Come along and join us Monday, Wednesday and Friday meeting for 10.30 in front of the Pump Rooms at Pittville Park. There is plenty of free parking behind. E mail joan@mumsfit.co.uk for any other details.

Coffee and Mince Pies - Central Cross Café

posted by Joan Palmer

After the Buggyfit classes on Mon 14th , Wed 16th and Fri 18th Dec we will be finishing the class at Central Cross Café (11.30am) for coffee and mince pies – any old Buggyfitters are welcome to join us as are prospective Buggyfitters.

Have you checked out your post pregnancy posture?

posted by Joan Palmer

Upper and Lower Crossed Syndrome

During pregnancy there are many postural changes that can occur to accommodate your growing baby. Once you have had your baby these muscular changes can remain which can lead to pain locally and in the surrounding areas. 

You may have developed weak muscles in the front of the neck, around the shoulder blades, abdominals and bottom and tight muscles around the front of the shoulders, lower back and in front of the hips. These areas are shown on the picture.

 These areas of change can continue post birth due to all the lifting, carrying and feeding you now have to do. All of these are new tasks that the body isn’t used to. 

You can try and help restore these muscle changes by being aware of your posture when feeding your baby whether it is bottle or breast fed. Make sure that you are sitting in a supportive chair and that you are able to sit right back into the chair with your feet on the floor. You could also put a cushion behind your back to keep you upright. Make sure your baby is close enough to you so pop them on a pillow if necessary. When you have finished feeding try and give your upper back a stretch and circle your shoulders to relax them and gently take your head from side to side to stretch your neck. 

When you are pushing your baby in the pram/buggy make sure you are keeping up tall and not pushing it too far ahead of you causing you to lean forward. 

Keeping active during pregnancy and afterwards will always help to keep these changes to a minimum but they can creep up on us without us being aware. At Buggyfit we work on strengthening all of the weak areas mentioned that develop during pregnancy. So if you haven’t tried it out yet then come along and give it a go.

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