FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) - Answers to some of the most commonly asked questions

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Do I need a special buggy?

No, your usual buggy is fine. As long as it's comfortable for you and your baby. Making sure the handles are at the right height for you.

What should I wear for the buggy class?

Comfortable clothes, trainers and a good sports bra!

Possibly gloves in the winter

When can I start?

You may join a mummy boot camp class as soon as you have had your GP check (usually at 6 -10 weeks postnatal) and they have given you the all clear to exercise.

Can I just turn up or do I need to book?

Yes, you will need to book as the class is limited to 15 Mums, to ensure everyone gets a great workout and personal attention.

How do I book?

Email/call/text Jeannie on:

07716 626 642

Is there anything I need to do before coming to the class?

Yes, you need to fill in a health screening questionnaire.

Please turn up 5-10mins early on your first class so you can fill it out.

How soon can I exercise after giving birth?

Everyone is different and a lot is going to depend on your fitness level before and during pregnancy. Women who exercised and therefore had strong abdominal and pelvic floor muscles will most likely be able to start that much sooner unless they had a complicated birth. Your return to exercise can depend on a few factors.

  • Diastasis recti: Your abdominal muscles will have stretched during your pregnancy. In many cases a diastasis recti can occur. This is a stretching of the linea alba causing a separation of the rectus abdominus muscles. Some light core stability exercises will have a positive effect on the closing of this separation and should be encouraged, however it is important that the diastasis recti is healed before vigorous, intense workouts are undertaken.
  • Stress Incontinence: Pelvic floor exercises should be performed as soon as possible after the birth. This will help with the problem of stress incontinence and can also help speed recovery if tearing/episiotomy was involved. Unlike most exercises, pelvic floor exercises can be performed every day.

You should consult your doctor/midwife before undertaking a post-natal exercise program.

The guidelines are 6 weeks for a normal birth and 10 weeks for a caesarean.

What is the cost?

£7 per class or 5 classes for £30

Is there anything I must bring to the class?

  • A drink
  • A towel or something to put on the grass at the end for some abdominal core and Pilates exercises.

What do the babies do while we are exercising?

The younger babies (hopefully!) fall asleep on the power walk and they often stay in the buggy throughout the workout. The older ones seem to occupy themselves watching all the Mum's workout and clapping them!

What do we do in the mummy boot camp class?

We start with walk and move into a power walk to increase our heart rate and burn more calories! We walk for about 20 minutes and end up in Wanstead Park /King Edward Memorial Park to do some circuit based exercises. These might include jogging (or power walking), lunges, squats, dips on the bench and dyna-band exercises. We finish on the grass (bring a towel) for some Pilates and abdominal exercises and then finally a stretch!

What if my baby cries during the mummy boot camp class?

Don't worry most of them do, and if you need to get them out and give them a cuddle or feed them if you feel that is what is needed.

How long does the mummy boot camp last?

50mins - 1 hour

What happens if it rains?

If the weather is really bad the class maybe canceled if it's just light rain the class will go ahead.

I have heard of something called Relaxin. What is it and what relevance does it have to exercise?

A hormone produced by the ovaries during pregnancy that causes pelvic and cervical expansion and relaxation.

The levels of the hormone relaxin will rise in your body during your pregnancy which increases the elasticity of ligaments and cartilage leading to joint instability. The jury is still out on how long relaxin stays in your body and estimates vary from three months to a year. In reality it varies from mother to mother and can be present as long as you are breastfeeding. Once the hormones level has diminished your ligaments will return to their pre-pregnancy inelastic state, but if your joints have been over extended the damage could be permanent.

It is therefore important that all exercise is performed with good posture and within a normal range of movement. Avoiding high impact activities and training to failure is also sensible. Stretches should only be taken to ''biting point'' and no developmental stretching should be undertaken.

All mummy boot camp classes will take this into consideration.

What not to forget?

  • Drink for you and your baby/toddler
  • Rain cover/sunshade
  • Sun cream
  • Toys/books for baby/toddler