Staying fit and healthy was a priority as a new mum over 40 throughout my pregnancy that’s why I took up a buggies, bums and tums class.
When I tipped the scales at my six-week check, I started to worry what my post-baby figure would look like. After complaining about the cost of gym creche facilities to a friend, she pointed me in the direction of an innovative exercise class which allowed new mums to exercise with their babies. I couldn’t wait to sign up!
Buggies, bums and tums
Buggies, bums and tums was created by mumpreneur and fitness instructor, Vicky Bradley, to ease mums back into exercise after birth. It’s a great workout for mummies who want to fit exercise around every day chores. It means more time with the little ones without the cost of childcare.
My first class began with Vicky checking my abdominal muscles to make sure I was OK to take part. Then it was on to a warm-up featuring children’s music while little C got to grips with toys and musical instruments on the floor mats.
After that, there was no messing around. Exercises included a buggy run around the Great Park in Newcastle, push-ups, stomach crunches, tricep dips and boxing all under the watchful gaze of three-month-old, little C. He seemed rather bemused by the whole thing.
It was great fun as a new mum over 40 to get out and about with him in the fresh air. It also proved a good way of getting him to sleep later on! Once you get over the embarrassment of any dog-walkers watching you, it’s a really fun way to spend an hour.
Pelvic floor exercises
One thing no one mentions after birth as a new mum over 40 is just how weak your pelvic floor muscles can be. This can lead to embarassment when exercising. The pelvic floor muscles form a sling across the bottom of the pelvis, supporting the bladder, bowel and uterus. Any weakness can lead to loss of bladder control – which is not good when doing jacks! I wasn’t afraid to ask Vicky about this and she suggested one exercise which is great for helping strengthen these muscles.
Lying with a neutral spine, you squeeze and lift the muscles inside the pelvis upwards and forwards from the bottom to the vagina as if you are stopping yourself passing urine. Hold for a count of five seconds and then slowly relax. Repeat this 10 times. Once you can easily hold for five seconds, you can start to hold for longer.
Vicky’s class was brilliant as I really wanted to get back into the gym after Cyrus was born but it wasn’t practical as I had no babysitters. She was a great motivator and no one judged me because everyone was in it together.
Find out other ways we stay fit and healthy at Saffron and Cyrus here.