Postnatal-12There will be times as a pre/postnatal specialist, where it’s necessary for you to say:

“Hands up! I honestly don’t know.”

And, actually that’s completely fine.

There’s a growing trend across ‘Specialists’ in this industry to: educate yourself, get hands on, go on every training course going….in the hope that you’ll be able to solve ALL of your pre/postnatal clients’ problems.

Unfortunately, this really isn’t true.

And, actually quite unnecessary.

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1_motherandbabykissDue to changes in recent legislation (Children and Disabled Persons Act), if you’re planning on running a postnatal class where mums bring their babies along with them, there are a few points for consideration before you begin.

Put simply, YOU as the Instructor in this environment, are responsible for each babies’ safety.

Not the mum.

It’s important therefore, that you don’t put a baby in a comprising or unsafe position, whilst their mother exercises.

In the old days (and in America for example), it’s absolutely fine for mums to do such things as:

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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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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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Prenatal-12FitPros, Pilates Instructors and Personal Trainers often contact me for advice by asking me: “Who did you do your Level 3 Ante/Postnatal qualification with?”.

To be honest, I tend to try and avoid answering this question directly because:

a) it was like a million years ago (!), and

b) I’m of the firm opinion that it doesn’t really matter which training provider you do your qualification with.

Point b) above is a fairly sweeping statement, I think you’d agree, but what I’m saying here is, as an Ante/Postnatal Fitness Expert, there are literally hundreds of training providers  in the UK offering the Level 3 certificate, and to get to where I am today, it wasn’t based on who I trained with initially.

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