Are you looking for a postpartum personal trainer in Balham?
This article breaks down 3 areas you cannot overlook if you’re looking for the best expert to guide you through the postpartum process.
1. Experience In The PostPartum Process
Finding a trainer with experience not just in training, but in working with ladies postpartum is the most important step in this process.
Just like you wouldn’t want to use a heart surgeon who had never operated on anyone’s heart, you want to find a trainer who has experience in working with ladies postpartum.
There are two main reasons for this
You don’t want to be the first person this trainer has ever trained postpartum. Let someone else be the tester…
Unfortunately, there are no qualified courses for trainers (I’ve looked for many years) and so this is where experience becomes worth its weight in gold.
C-sections are on the rise. This expert was taken from a BBC article looking at the rise in C-section births in 2016
“There were 73,551 elective – or planned – C-sections on the NHS in 2015-16, which was about 6,750 more than in 2011-12.
There was also a small rise in the number of emergency Caesarean births – up from 97,054 in 2011-12 to 99,403 in 2015-16.”
Training someone postpartum is difficult enough, but adding in post-c-section births takes it to a whole new level.
Back in 2016, I went on an anatomy course called Segmental and Analytical Strengthening of the Abdominal Muscles by world-renowned French Osteopath Guy Voyer.
It was, without doubt, one of the most difficult courses I have ever completed, including my degree from Loughborough University.
When looking at the abdominal anatomy, it’s not just muscles you have to consider. You have to consider muscles, tendons, ligaments and the hundreds of types of fascia which weaves and connects itself to one of the most complex parts of your body.
Finding an expert personal trainer is important when you are not recovering from birth.
But finding an excellent professional post-birth is an essential step in your recovery.
2. Understanding the Recovery Process
Working with someone who understands the effects of how difficult the process of starting, or adding to your family, can be the difference between an enjoyable training experience, and one that is truly horrid.
Did you know, in Asian and especially Chinese culture, women would have a postnatal confinement period, something which is still practised today.
The belief is that post-birth, the immune system of the mother is low and exposing her and her newborn baby to the elements should be restricted.
In my view this is an excellent strategy, so that mum as much rest as possible.
Recovery Is Key
The period post-birth should be about recovery and nutrition (which I’ll touch on in a second) and recovering the body from 9 months of the incredible task of making a baby.
When you finally decide to go back to the gym or start a new program, the last thing you want is for a trainer to push you too hard or to disregard the fact your body is likely in recover for some time.
Specific weight training and recovering abdominal strength should be the focus for at least 6 months following birth, but only once you feel ready to exercise again*.
Weight loss can also be achieved by marrying this with good nutrition, but caution is advised when reducing calories and breastfeeding because it’s the abundance of food and nutrients that will allow good breast milk production.
It is said breastfeeding can burn up to 1000 calories per day! So make sure if you’re working with a trainer, they have a good grasp of nutritional guidances and practices for postpartum mums.
*On a side note, some ladies feel fine to exercise after 6 weeks, others only feel okay after 6 months to a year and some longer.
Take your time and ease back into exercise. It’s your body, don’t let anyone influence your decision to exercise.
3. Postpartum Diet & Nutrition
It has been shown it takes around 75,000 calories to produce a baby. But once that miracle is over, diet is still so important for mother and baby, if not more important.
Breastfeeding is what makes this process so important.
Saturated fat is the highest source of nutrition for babies (even more so if you are breastfeeding a girl) so making sure you get high-quality sources of organic saturated fat is important.
Focusing on good mono and polyunsaturated fats like those from Cod Liver Oil and Olive Oil are also essential.
When working with a trainer, it is imperative they understand nutrition and are able to guide you with a specific plan for you and your baby. Because everything you eat, also passes through to your baby.
Cookie cutter programs that lower calories is an awful idea for mums post birth.
If you’re looking to hire a Postpartum Personal Trainer in Balham, I hope this article has helped you consider some things you may not have thought about before.
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