So you've had your baby and now you want to try to start exercising again. There are many benefits to exercise after having a baby. It can boost your mood and be a part of your self-care routine. Exercise that has a focus on pelvic floor strength such as pilates or yoga can be beneficial to repair any strain your pelvic muscles experienced from pregnancy or birth. Regular exercise as part of a group can also be a wonderful way to meet other mums and create a social network. Not to mention all the health benefits such as weight loss and improved fitness.
Just like pre-natal exercise it is important to find an instructor that has knowledge of the unique requirements of a woman who has recently had a baby.
Some women want an exercise routine that is high impact and geared towards losing weight. Other women want something that is more relaxing and gentle like yoga. Others just want to go a gym, do their own thing and know their baby is being taken care of in a creche there.
There are so many classes and options for post natal exercise here in the Illawarra, there is bound to be one that suits you!
Fitness classes & personal trainers
Zest Fitness & Personal Training
Port Kembla 0403 130 613
Revolution Health & Performance
North Wollongong 0421 748 867
Fairy Meadow & Albion Park
Shellharbour (02) 4295 1244
Beachside Personal Trainer
Shellharbour 0422 351 628
Bec Hansen Fitness
Kanahooka 0431 987 702
Mums & bubs yoga
Beaton Park Gym
Gwynneville 4227 7755
Bulli Woonona RSL Gym
Princes Hwy Woonona 4284 1577
Warilla 4296 7065
Wollongong 4286 4555
Albion Park 4257 8588
Coniston 4228 7776
Woonona 1300 510 510
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So you just found out you are pregnant, congratulations!
....but now what? What are your options and how do you choose what's right for you?
Your birth location and provider can have a big impact on your birth experience so it's good to invest a little time to find an option that suits you best.
Let me start off by acknowledging that unlike capital cities such as Sydney or Melbourne we don't currently have a huge range of options for pregnancy and birth here in the Illawarra.
Maybe one day that will change and more options will be available (wishing for a birth centre!) but at the moment the main choice is which hospital you will deliver your baby.
One of the most common reasons pregnant women contact me looking for a doula is because of a previous difficult birth. When they share their birth experiences they often say things like "my first baby’s birth was horrible” or “I had such an awful experience last time”.
NSW Health has released the latest Mother and Baby report. The report provides an interesting snapshot of what its like to give birth in the Illawarra.
If a woman is told at an ultrasound that she has a low lying placenta this can often cause her to feel confused and worried. The sonographer may mention that the woman may need to have a caesarean and if she is planning a vaginal birth this can throw her plans into chaos.
Whether your baby is born vaginally or by caesarean there is bound to be some post-birth sore parts to your body. Your body will take days and even weeks to fully recover both from the pregnancy and birth.
So you've had your baby and now you want to try to start exercising again. There are many benefits to exercise after having a baby. It can boost your mood and be a part of your self-care routine.
We know from numerous studies the great benefits of exercise during pregnancy. Regular prenatal can reduce discomfort during pregnancy, make birth easier, reduce stress, and help your post-baby body get back into shape.
Generally, low impact exercises specifically designed for pregnant women are the best bet. Here in the Illawarra we are lucky to have many options for prenatal exercises.
March is Trisomy Awareness Month. It is a time to raise awareness of this condition, to support families experiencing Trisomy and to help people with Trisomy live full and meaningful lives.
Trying to explain what a doula does can be challenging. It is a profession that some people have heard about but often they aren’t quite sure what a doula does. One of the ways I explain it to someone is to use an analogy of a profession they are familiar with. These are some of the useful analogies I have used to explain what I do.
A doula is like a personal trainer
At least once a week I am asked “what should I pack in my hospital bag?”. Rather than typing the same list over and over again I thought I would just write a quick blog post.
* This list is suitable if you are planning on staying in hospital for up to 48 hours, adjust quantities for longer stays.
Have these packed in a separate or easily identifiable part of the bag so that you aren’t pulling things out everywhere in the delivery room.