pilates, pregnancy & postnatal fitness for the borders
After having my son in 2011, returning to my former managment career in Policing and the unsocialble hours that it entailed, no longer appealed to me, so I undertook a complete career change to develop a career in fitness. I moved to the Borders two weeks before I had my son. My husband is originally from the Borders, we had always talked about raising a family here and things just fell into place to allow us to move (although the timing could have been better!).
Having worked in operational policing, I had always been physically fit; regularly climbing, snowboarding, adventure racing and power kiting, all of which I had to stop when I discovered I pregnant. I found it really difficult to access the advice I wanted and needed regarding exercising whilst pregnant, and as a result, gained a lot of weight (I was still eating like I had when I was active), I suffered pelvic (PGP/SPD) pain and abdominal seperation. My labour was also not ideal, ending in an emergency caesarean. This all became a distant memory after the arrival of my beautiful baby boy, but I then became frustrated again, at the lack of advice around recovery and how slow it seemed. I had no idea how long it would take to get back to my pre pregnancy activities, or even how to start training again. I was also suffering De Quervain's tendonitis ("Mommy's Thumb", which no-one warns you about!), which made me even more miserable. During the research and developent of my own recovery plan, and conversations with the Mums I was meeting and health professionals, developing a new career path within fitness, specialising in Pregnancy and Postnatal fitness, made sense. Not one to do things by halves, I trained with nationally recognised and accredited bodies and as a result am a fitness professional, part of a national network, Registered with both the Register of Exercise Professionals and the Guild of Pregnancy and Postnatal Exercise. As a REPs registered Level 3 professional, I am also constantly ensuring professional development to keep my knowledge and classes, fresh, up to date and safe. I also have PVG disclosure and have trained with the NHS as a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter to enable me to better understand and meet the needs of my Mums & Mums2B. Whilst I like to be professional, I also don't take myself too seriously; this keeps the classes relaxed, friendly and sociable.
The work I do is a pleasure and a priviledge. I have worked with over 200 clients in the past few of years, many of whom still attend at least once a week, and it's lovley to be seeing returning mums throughout their second pregnancies. I meet so many interesting, lovely, funny and amazing people. You all work so hard in my classes; it's great that you see such benefits and enjoy them (even if I did nag you about your pelvic floor!).