Post Partum Fitness Journey
My post partum fitness journey started at 7 weeks after I had my beautiful baby girl. I had gained 3 stone after having my daughter, I was on cloud 9 with every part of her but I was not prepared for the impact birth had on my body or my self confidence. Wanting to show my daughter off to the world but at the same time wanting to hide away in shame. I had also injured my knee and just getting down on the floor to play with her and do simple tasks was becoming difficult and painful and I knew I was ready to feel strong, fitter and more agile.
Finding a Mums and Baby Class
I found Danielle on Instagram and had been following her account for some time. After Elena was born I saw that on her stories she was asking if anyone would be interested in a Mamas and Babas class.I had seen other classes in the area which looked great, however, they were pay as you go and didn’t require a big commitment. This is amazing for people who want a more flexible approach to returning to exercise and its such a great offering, however, I wanted something a little more structured. The class Danielle ran was a 6 week program, 3 times a week at 9.30am and this is exactly the structure I needed. I needed someone there to make me accountable and to build a routine without excuses.
Signing up to the Mamas and Babas Class at The Unit, Saddleworth
At 7 weeks post partum I signed up to the Mama's and Babas class at the Unit. I loved it so much I continued for the next 4 programs! Elena was only 7 weeks when we started and for the first part she slept through most of the sessions. As she became more alert she loved listening to the music, watching us workout and interacting with the other babies. I met some incredible like minded women and the mamas and the baba’s class became a fitness family.
When Are You Ready To Train?
I knew I was ready to train at 7 weeks post partum. I had an uncomplicated natural birth and I had been signed off from my doctors and I felt ready. Everyone has such a different birthing experience, no one should ever put pressure on themselves to do something they are not ready to do.
I am now returning to work from maternity leave and I have lost 2 stone. The weight loss has not been the biggest benefit of this class. It’s the relationships, the advice, the strength and the fitness that has contributed to such a positive maternity experience.
Thank you to the Mamas and Babas Class at The Unit Saddleworth
There are so many different types of mums and babies fitness classes to choose from. Contact the organiser and ask for a trial session so you can see which one suits you best. I have so much gratitude to Danielle, thank you from the bottom of my heart! My maternity is over but my fitness journey is has only just begun!