FAQs

Can I continue classes once the FitBack & Bumps programme has finished?

Yes, I run a follow-on class for those who have completed the FitBack and Bumps programme. The follow-on classes continue to progress and build on the exercises learnt during the 4-week FitBack & Bumps programme using Pilates exercises incorporating theraband and exercise balls.

Why exercise during pregnancy?

If you are regularly physically active during pregnancy, this can have a number of benefits, both for you and for your baby. If you are pregnant, regular physical activity has been shown to make you:

  • More likely to keep a healthy weight during and after your pregnancy.
  • Sleep better and feel less tired.
  • Have a reduced chance of developing varicose veins.
  • Be less likely to develop swelling of your feet, ankles or hands.
  • Have a reduced chance of becoming anxious or depressed.
  • Be less likely to develop back pain.
  • Have a reduced risk of developing diabetes during your pregnancy (gestational diabetes). In women who do develop diabetes during their pregnancy, regular physical activity may help to improve the control of their diabetes.
  • Be less likely to have problems with high blood pressure during your pregnancy.
  • Perhaps, have a shorter labour and be less likely to have problems or complications during the delivery of your baby.

If you do some physical activity during your pregnancy you are also more likely to continue this after you have given birth and therefore get the longer-term benefits of physical activity. Amongst other things, these benefits may include some protection against developing heart disease, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, colon cancer and breast cancer. Regular physical activity can also help you to manage your weight and keep a healthy weight in the long-term.

Ref - Exercise in Pregnancy (RCOG Statement 4) Jan 2006 (http://www.rcog.org.uk/files/rcog-corp/Statement4-14022011.pdf)

What is a Chartered Physiotherapist?

Physiotherapy is a degree-based healthcare profession. Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. For more information visit the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy website.

What do I need to bring?

You will need some comfortable clothes to exercise in, a gym ball and mat. Don't worry if you don't own a gym ball and mat, you can borrow them on the night; however, it is best to have your own so that you can practise the exercises regularly.

Resources

RCOG guidance on exercise during pregnancy http://www.rcog.org.uk/files/rcog-corp/Recreational%20Exercise%20and%20Pregnancy.pdf

Information on pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain from the pelvic partnership http://www.pelvicpartnership.org.uk/

A youtube video on how to massage you C section scar. It is never too late to start! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he_YB9e__rQ

If you have a breech baby then there is useful information on this website. Tell your midwife if you start using the techniques http://spinningbabies.com/

Useful leaflet about your body immediately after you have given birth. Written by a leading Physiotherapist Diane Lee http://dianelee.ca/documents/post_partum_brochure.pdf

This is the link to the downloadable leaflets produced by the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health, includes leaflets on exercising during pregnancy, pelvic floor exercises and pregnancy-related pelvic-girdle pain http://acpwh.csp.org.uk/publications

This is an information leaflet I have written about looking after your abdominals during pregnancy and after birth 20130711_baby_belly_leaflet.pdf

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