How soon after giving birth can I start?
It depends on so many things. Your level of fitness prior to and throughout pregnancy, the delivery, your current stress and sleep level, how you feel ... etc.
There are many things that you can do to support your healing right from the get-go and the first and most important being REST. Yup, I said it. For the first 2 weeks after delivery, you need to REST. This is when your body (and most notably, your pelvic floor) is the most vulnerable.
Once you're feeling more energy and walking around the house is too easy, we can start to talk about mobility exercises and functional movement - who is kidding who - you still need to get up from chairs, the bed, lift your newborn, lift the newborn in the carseat, etc. so let's make sure we are doing these things properly and setting you up for success down the road!
When will I start to see results?
It depends on your goals!
If we are talking physiological changes like diastasis recti, weight loss, or muscle definition, there is a scientific timeline to answer this question but I'll put it short and sweet. We are going to be making a lot of new connections in your brain with every new exercise and with every exercise we are going to focus on breath, core and the muscles we intend to use. You will FEEL yourself getting stronger before you see it but just remember, great things take time.
If we are talking freeing yourself from pain or addressing incontinence - this also depends! We'll investigate to find the root cause of the issue and incorporate the mobility and exercises needed to help the issue.
What is the booking process?
Upon submission of a postpartum assessment request (or giving me a shout via any of my contact methods), I will contact you to set up a date for your assessment.
At that time, I will also send along to you all the paperwork that we'll need to get started. These will include:
Client Intake Form
PAR-Q (Exercise Readiness Questionnaire)
After your postpartum assessment we can discuss what type of program would best suit you and get started! At this point, I will be sending old school invoices, and payment can be made via e-transfer or cash.
Should you decide to hold off on a program, the cost for the postpartum assessment will be $75.
What equipment do I need?
Not too much! A lot of exercises are body weight exercises but it would be helpful to have the following:
Bender Ball (aka Pilates Ball) or a Small Cushion
Weights - Dumbbells, Kettlebells, your Baby, Bottles of Wine (unopened for the workout, I can help you drink it after ... ), Canned Food, Milk Jugs filled with Water
Hop on over to the 'Equipment' page to find links to a few items on Amazon!