1_motherandbabykissWhen it comes to teaching pre and postnatal clients and making a real success of it, it’s difficult to know whether teaching a class that accepts both pre and postnatal in it is a good idea or indeed not.

 

It’s true – a lot of the exercises you prescribe for your prenatal clients are also well-suited to your new mums, so it seems easy in principle to make a few alterations to your lesson plan here and there and off you go.

 

Mums-to-be will be new mums themselves very soon (exciting!), so you’d think it’d be a great introduction for your prenatal clients to meet other postnatal mums with babies, huh?

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If you’re a regular follower of my blog you might realise that I’m a bit of a Pelvic Floor Geek now, having written quite a few posts about the pelvic floor recently.pelvis

 

Let me just clarify – you asked for it, so I’m delivering it!

 

Today, I’m here with “ANOTHER 3 Things You Should Know About Training the Pelvic Floor“.

 

How many “I Know What You Did Last Summer” movies were there again?!

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pelvisfloorsideI recently wrote a blog post titled “3 Things You Should Know About Training the Pelvic Floor

 

As you’re probably time-poor, I’ll give you a quick synopsis:

 

1)      The pelvic floor is NOT designed to exercise in isolation

2)      If a pelvic floor muscle is too tight, kegels will only make it tighter, weaker and looser, and

3)      Doing movement-based exercise is up to 75% more effective than doing a Kegel alone.

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pelvisfloorsideSo, when it comes to training the pelvic floor muscles nowadays as Ante/Postnatal Specialists, unless you’ve had your head in the sand, I think you’ve noticed a shift away from Kegel exercises, and more of a directional turn towards incorporating movement into what it is we prescribe.

 

Kegels, those isolated exercises which involve a ‘squeeze and release’ or ‘draw up and hold’ of the pelvic floor muscles may work for some clients.  However, if we can find a more effective way of training the pelvic floor to help more and more pre and postnatal women with pelvic floor dysfunction, it’s kinda like a win-win, isn’t it?

 

So, the main 3 things to be aware of regarding training the pelvic floor muscles are:

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Postnatal-16If you’re a Fitness Instructor, Pilates Teacher or Personal Trainer who has often toyed with the idea of working with postnatal clients, I’m here to help!

 

Working with new mums and running outdoor buggy workouts, whatever the weather is a great way of filling up your daytime slots where other classes have failed.

 

Have a watch of my vlog below where I list not just one reason, but 4 reasons why you should be working with postnatal women.

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Prenatal-155One of the most commonly asked questions I field from Fitness Instructors, Pilates Teachers and Personal Trainers is:

 

“Claire, I’ve just found out I’m pregnant. It’s early days, but I just wanted to check with you – what do I need to stop doing to keep things safe for me whilst I continue to teach?”

 

So, to help any FitPros out there who are a) either in the early stages of pregnancy or b) trying to conceive, let me shed some light on the situation for you.

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SONY DSCThere’s no real “yes” or “no” answer to the question: “Can clients give themselves abdominal separation after birth?”, but in today’s post, I’m hoping to educate you, as a Fitness/Pilates Professional, with a little bit more about what abdominal separation is, and how certain movements, and indeed general habits of several new mums can actually cause abdominal separation, or indeed make it worse.

 

If this is the first time you’ve heard about Diastasis Recti (the technical term for abdominal separation), you may want to educate yourself more about the condition.  

 

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personaltrainingWhen it comes time for new mums to return exercise, it can be a tad on the uncomfortable side if they’re breastfeeding.

 

I’ve worked with over 1,000 new mums and I’m here to share my top tips for making exercise whilst breastfeeding more comfortable.

 

Grab a pen and paper to jot some notes down and feel free to list them in your weekly newsletter, on Twitter or on your Facebook Page.

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Generally speaking, after the 12th week of pregnancy, it’s suggested that, as Fitness Instructors, we DON’T lie our pregnant clients on their back to do exercise.25_pregnancy_exercise

There are several reasons why it’s unsafe to lie mums-to-be supine when they’re doing exercise and if you’d like to know more than just the medical reasons, I’ll help you understand a little more.

I’ve worked with over 1,000 pre/postnatal women and I’m more than happy to share my experiences on this topic.

So, without further ado, take a watch of this video, make some notes, and turn the information into a blog post or weekly newsletter article for your own pregnant clients.

Education is key, remember, so the more information you share with your clients, the more rapport you will build with them.

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Postnatal-53Setting up an outdoor buggy class for new mums is a brilliant way of training, for them, for their babies and for you too.

 

But, beware!  There are certain qualifications and insurance boundaries you need to adhere to when running outdoor exercise classes for new mums.

 

To save you time, I’ve spelt everything out in a little vlog for you below, so grap a pen and paper, make some notes and let me know if you have any further questions:

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