So my first memory of being a brand new mummy (only because the drugs were great and I had ALOT) was dragging along the catheter to have a shower. Having just spent 26 hours in labour with what felt like 25.5 of them with my knees touching my ears (not really but you’ll soon get that Im a bit dramatic), I couldn’t think of anything better than a long hot shower. So you can imagine my dismay when I got undressed and the six pack wasn’t back – not even close. In fact the bump i’d spent so long lovingly rubbing was JELLY! No-one told me that! Talk about mis-managing your own expectations! Shock number one!
Being at home was OK. A bit dull, well very dull actually, my life became a 3 hourly cycle – sound familiar? So the second shock that hit home for me was when the phone rang and the person on the other end asked if she could speak to Freya’s mum??? WHAT?? Who stole my name? The reality that I was no longer a person in my own right was harsh. I’ve been an independent successful career women all my life so not only do I a/ not belong to anything other than a baby who doesn’t talk back, b/ no longer even have a name as I’m now someone’s mum/ wife/chief cook bottle washer (literally), c/ have flab where the 6 pack used to be and d/ im actually jealous if the husband being able to get up and go to work on his own – this was not good – not good at all. So needless to say on my 6 weeks postpartum check I arrived in full gym regalia on the basis that once I had the all clear I was back on the treadmill as the Gym was the one place my identity was still fully intact.
So I got the all clear…… then I got the FEAR! What if I can’t do it? What if people don’t remember me being pregnant and can’t see past the belly? What if my pelvic floor fails me on the treadmill?? OH and the other thing I totally failed to take into account – you’re on Maternity leave – you have NO MONEY! Who will pay the Gym membership AND creche fees??? Shock number 3!
So I’m not blowing my own trumpet ( although this is obviously about how fantabulous my Mummy and Baby bootie camps are) but if someone had told me that there was a place I could exercise with my newbie in eyesight, where I could go at my own pace, be motivated and pushed and everyone had matching jeltums (for the price of a skinny latte and ahem a chocolate Brownie) – quite honestly I’d have snatched their hand off!!!
So what do we actually do? The atmosphere is relaxed, babies lie/crawl/scoot/ dribble cry basically do what babies do whilst the mums are put through their paces with resistance bands, kettle bells medicine balls and body weight exercises. We work a lot on the core area re-strengthening the muscles who have taken a 9 month hammering from the weight of the baby and re-establish the feeling and control of the muscles not just in the pelvic floor area but also the inner girdle (your inner version of Spanx!) Mums love it, babies couldn’t care less and everyone is happy.
For those wanting to exercise more often the boot camp at Hulme hall Grammar school is on Monday and Wednesday 7-8pm and Sunday Mornings 9-10 (come on you’ve been up since 5am anyway and that was a lie in!) Ladies – if you need a pitch to the hubby ‘it’s a perfect opportunity for you to bond with the baby when I’m not interfering and telling you what to do’. All exercises come with adaptations to take them up/ down to suit and is a great opportunity to have a conversation that doesn’t include the colour/ consistency of baby poo (although this chat can go on for weeks what is it about the colour of baby poo changing when they’re only on milk!)
Now isn’t that just cute? This snapshot is from one of my classes.
So if you fancy giving it a bash, I’ll just let you know that apart from the obvious weight loss you get with exercising, some of the other benefits include a better quality of sleep, posture correction ( think of the baby sitting on your hip! Do you want your spine to bend forever), learn how not to wee when bouncing on the trampoline (quite important when they hit 2/3), feel better about yourself – Oh and Ill also call you by your own name!
To check out more visit www.transformpersonaltraining.co.uk or call me on 07703569645 and ask for Freya’s Mummy! 10% Discount for MITK.