Pregnancy ailments

Before we get started I want to make it clear that I’m not a GP, physio or healthcare provider of any sort and any health conditions should be referred to a professional for proper diagnosis and treatment. Plus every woman is different. This blog simply collates some of the tips and recommendations that I’ve picked up over the years to …

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Hoop Awards 2019

I’m thrilled to have been shortlisted locally in the “best bring along baby activities” category in this years #hoopawards due to the popularity of my classes. If you think my classes deserve to clinch the top spot please do vote for me here. And if you don’t know much about me or my classes but want to hear why they’re proving so …

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 …

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, …

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 which can sometimes bind …

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 and pelvic floor* muscles. When you breathe in, your diaphragm (your breathing muscle) contracts and moves downward to increase the space for your lungs to expand and fill with air. And this downward pressure should …