New term details

As you know, my classes don’t stop for half-term and so the next term starts immediately after this one ends (so week commencing 18 February). It will be a 6-week term for all classes with the exception of the Wednesday morning one, which will be a 5-week term, as there’ll be no class on Wednesday 27 February. Please let me …

Just in case…

This gorgeous girlie announced last week that she “not want nappies anymore” as she slung them down the stairs. (The joy of raising independent girls hey!) You’d be forgiven for asking what this has to do with female fitness and wellbeing, but there is a serious point here. When potty training a little one we often feel the urge to …

How will I know if I’m in labour?

Every woman’s experience of labour is different, but some of the typical signs that suggest you’re in early/latent labour (so not yet 4cm dilated with regular contractions) are: cramps, period like pains or persistent back pain contractions or tightenings that don’t yet have a rhythm or specific frequency to them an upset stomach a brown or blood-tinged mucus (referred to …

Eating for two?

How you fuel your body is always important and during pregnancy those nutrients are needed to support both you and your growing baby. Contrary to popular belief, however, there’s no actual need to eat for two. It’s only in the final three months of your pregnancy that you need any extra calories (only 200 extra per day according to current …

Christmas hols & New Year classes

As the countdown to Christmas (and 2019) is well and truly on, I wanted to make clear my class arrangements over the festive period and into the new year. The last week of classes this year will be w/c 10 December 2018 (so finishing up with Boxercise on Thursday 13 December) and classes resume on Wednesday 2 January 2019. Existing …

Why join my pregnancy exercise class?

I regularly get asked about the benefits (and safety considerations) of exercising whilst pregnant and why my pregnancy exercise classes are different, so here goes… The benefits: 1. This is perhaps the most obvious one…helping you to stay active throughout your pregnancy. It’s perfectly safe for most women to exercise during pregnancy and doing so can make you more physically …

My association with From Bumps 2 Babies

After several fabulous years operating as Frombumps2babies Birmingham, I’ll be trading exclusively through my own Female Fitness Matters brand going forwards (when those ejits at Facebook finally allow me to update my page name, that is!) This is purely down to circumstances changing over time. As many of you know, I’ve recently added Boxercise® for moms to my offerings, with pregnancy, …

Healing damaged tissue

  Whilst your GP may give you the green light to get back to exercise at your 6-week check, your body needs time to heal post birth – particularly if you had an episiotomy, stitches, C-section or an assisted birth. There are 4 stages of wound healing and this process takes at least 1 year to be complete and in …

Posture

Pregnancy typically alters our posture away from its usual or intended “neutral” alignment and this doesn’t necessarily reverse straight after birth. Particularly when you’re carrying a small person around & bending over them for much of the day! Whilst every woman is different, it’s extremely common to see: rounded shoulders rounded upper back lowered head hands falling forwards anteriorly tilted …