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Postnatal Advice

If your wee is yellow you haven’t drunk enough water and could be dehydrated! Our pee should be clear so drink plenty of water. Another top tip is never to mistake thirst for hunger. Drink, drink , drink! Its easy when it’s summer but remember we need to make sure we also drink enough in the winter months too. A dry mouth is the first sign of dehydration so keep your body well watered.

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Whilst vibration training is a low impact activity it is not as appropriate as it may seem for postnatal women.

Correct performance requires a large degree of core stability, which if lacking and it will be in most postnatal mums – will require the assistance of other muscles to do the job. This increases the pressure on the pelvic floor, which has already been weakened by pregnancy.

The success of vibration training works on the basis that the user has good postural alignment and joint stability so our recommendation is leave it alone for now!

Work on improving your posture and joint stability with your Pushy Instructor and tone and strengthen in a controlled and supervised way. Vibration training is totally inappropriate for breastfeeding mums!!

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2010-09-30
2010-09-30

LOVE YOUR HEART

Did you know that heart disease is responsible for a third of all deaths in women worldwide? Being active and taking regular aerobic exercise like walking, cycling, swimming, dancing and jogging can reduce the risk of heart disease by up to 40%. It will help to reduce blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, decreases the risk of [...]

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2010-09-30
2010-09-30

SWIM AND TRIM

To add some variety to your programme how about digging out your swimsuit and setting off for the local pool. It’s a great cardiovascular activity and will give you a fun alternative workout. On the way don’t forget to invest in a pair of goggles as you will need to put your face in the [...]

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2010-09-30
2010-09-30

WHEN CAN I DO SITUPS AGAIN?

Great news, you never need to do them ever again! Contrary to popular belief these exercises will not give you a flat tummy – the washboard look is a consequence of low body fat, not countless sit-ups! The muscles involved in sit-ups are your superficial abdominal muscles and they do not need to be super-strong [...]

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2010-09-30
2010-09-30

WHEN CAN I START RUNNING AGAIN?

If you’ve just had a baby it is not advisable to start a running programme until your baby is six months old, longer if breast feeding. The desire to lose weight and feel like the old you again gets many new mums running on the treadmill or round the block much too soon. This is [...]

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2010-09-30
2010-09-30

HOW LONG AM I ‘POSTNATAL’ FOR?

The answer is actually forever but isn’t it sad that in the world we live today women are desperate to sweep this period of time under the carpet. Media images of celebrity mums snapping back into their bikinis in the blink of an eye, and adverts with ‘yummy mummies’ all toned and trim are unrealistic [...]

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2010-07-06
2010-07-06

WHEN CAN I START AEROBICS AGAIN?

We recommend you wait six months, longer if you are breastfeeding, before commencing any type of aerobics classes, apart from classes taught by a specifically qualified postnatal instructor. The majority of mainstream instructors are not qualified to offer you postnatal advice and group classes are often busier so it may not be possible to give [...]

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2010-07-06
2010-07-06

BYE BYE JELLY BELLY

Flat pack your abs with our top tips to a flatter tummy. BURN OFF: Target the ‘baby fat’ by getting breathless, hot and sweaty using low-impact activities. Lots of sweating but avoid any jumping activities until you are at least 6 months postnatal. Up the ante by walking with your buggy at a brisker pace [...]

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2010-07-06
2010-07-06

PELVIC FLOOR EXERCISES

Do you cough and wee? Worry constantly about having to pee? Your pelvic floor is a sensitive subject. And with the exception of one memorable episode of Sex and the City it’s generally not openly discussed. Worse still, when it is mentioned there are plenty of misconceptions and misinformation. New mums may be happy to [...]

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2010-07-06
2010-07-06

THE BENEFITS OF POSTNATAL EXERCISE

Exercise will accelerate your postnatal recovery and you’re already off to a flying start after the toughest workout of your life. During pregnancy your heart and lungs become stronger and more efficient and your leg muscles adapt to the increased load. What better place to start your postnatal exercise regime! Abdominal Recovery Tuning in to [...]

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2010-07-06
2010-07-06

BREASTFEEDING & EXERCISE

Some mums say breastfeeding helped them to get back into shape. If you are exclusively breastfeeding it is vital for you to take in an extra 600 calories per day. Fat utilisation increases during breastfeeding and this will assist weight loss, particularly if combined with moderate exercise and sensible eating. Breastfeeding mums often mistake thirst [...]

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2010-07-06
2010-07-06

POSTNATAL BACK CARE TIPS

Standing with baby
 When holding baby on one shoulder avoid leaning back as your lower back will become very achy if you stand in this position for long periods. Stand as upright as possible and gently draw in your tummy muscles if your back begins to tire. Avoid straddling baby across one hip as this [...]

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2010-06-23
2010-06-23

THE DOs & DON’Ts OF POSTNATAL EXERCISE

DO: Wait to get the all-clear from your GP at your postnatal check to re-start your exercise routine – approx. 6-8 weeks after the birth (10 wks after a C- section.) DON’T: Think that because baby is no longer a passenger you can jump straight back to your previous exercise regime. Respect your body, give [...]

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2009-12-06
2009-12-06

BURN OFF YOUR XMAS DINNER BEFORE YOU EAT IT

Aim to have a light breakfast, boiled egg, wholemeal toast, fruit, yoghurt. This will prevent you from overeating later but will also increase your metabolic rate by 10 per cent. Don’t forget that if you are exclusively breastfeeding you need an extra 500 cals per day, which is in fact one whole meal (maybe without [...]

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