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 …

C-Section scar massage

27.8% of recorded UK births* in 2016-17 were via Caesarean Section and I’d love to know what percentage of those 174,720 women were advised or shown how to massage their scars and/or told why this is beneficial. Frustratingly it’s likely to be a very small number. When your body is healing, it produces internal scar tissue and these adhesions (as …

Breathing: what should happen?

Pregnancy can have a huge impact on our breathing patterns due to the growing baby and this can have a potential impact on our core muscles. When you breathe in, your diaphragm contracts and moves downward to increase the space for your lungs to expand and fill with air. And this downward pressure should mean that your abdominal muscles and …