A long term client (2.5 years and two children later) rang me today to tell me that she would no longer be coming to classes. Not because she didn't love the venues, the friendships she had made or me as a trainer, but because she felt she was ready to venture into other forms of exercise. As she was singing my praises and apologising for moving on, my heart was filled with joy and satisfaction. This is exactly why Go Mum exists! We don't want to hold onto our clients forever. Instead, we strive to provide a safe place for mums to learn about their postnatal bodies, move within their physical boundaries and strengthen and rebuild in order to cater for the physical nature of motherhood and get them back doing the sports and activities they love.
It got me thinking about the reasons why mums come to join us at Go Mum Group Fitness. Sometimes it is because they have a postnatal condition such as prolapse or diastasis and need a trainer who can cater for these issues, sometimes it is because they have always enjoyed group fitness but just need to be able to do it with their kids in tow. Either way, every Go Mum client becomes part of the Go Mum tribe, welcome to come and go with each pregnancy and birth, or from time to time join in the social activities or physical challenges that appeal to them. We want each mum to chase what makes them feel good, inspires their mind and nourishes their soul. We want all mums to enjoy exercise for a lifetime, and we are proud to be a part of that journey.
If you would like to experience a Go Mum class first hand, join us for a free trial class. We look forward to welcoming you soon.
I vividly remember my first kickboxing class. I was 21 and had recently broken up with a boyfriend who I thought had sapped every last bit of my confidence. But for some reason I felt it was a good idea to take up kickboxing at my local PCYC. I didn't know anyone, they were mostly male participants and I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. Maybe my sub-conscience knew that it was time to stand up or be stood on forever!
A magical thing happened at that first class. A guardian angel in the shape of a petite, blonde competitive kickboxer gifted me my first pair of boxing wraps and showed me in one hour how strength and fragility, kindness and fierceness can coexist in the one body at the same time. My confidence was restored and I hit and kicked that bag with all I had. I was hooked.
I kept up with the boxing side of kickboxing over the years and it was something my husband and I enjoyed doing together pre-children. After I had our second child I remember doing my first boxing session thinking, "this doesn't feel right". My core stability was not yet able to cope with the twisting and impact and subsequently my pelvic floor was bearing the brunt of every blow. Boxing had to take a back seat for a while until my core was stronger and functioning well and my pelvic floor had regained some strength.
Another important factor in my return to this much loved sport revolved around changing how I thought about boxing and what I was really trying to achieve. I was no longer trying to punch out the imaginary face of my ex-boyfriend on the focus mitt with everything I had, and I realised I needed to modify my boxing to get the benefits I enjoyed previously but within my body's current abilities. So I applied what I had learnt about pelvic floor health and exercise to boxing and ran it past some physio friends for good measure.
Here are the top tips for pelvic floor friendly boxing we came up with:
Boxing doesn't have to be like Fight Club and you don't need to be an expert before you put on a pair of gloves. At Go Mum we pride ourselves on having a relaxed, fun atmosphere where everyone is welcome and we can support mums to get the most out of pelvic floor aware training.
If you haven't tried boxing before, here are some of the benefits you can expect:
To work on your pelvic floor friendly boxing technique, join us on Thursday's at Enoggera for our Boxing Mums class. Kids of all ages welcome to play while mum works out. If you are not sure if you are ready to start back at boxing due to pelvic floor or abdominal separation please call Christine to check the best course of action 0402 211 927.
Christine is the owner of Go Mum! Group Fitness and is a prolapse and diastasis survivor with a passion for pelvic floor and abdominal safe exercise.
This article was kindly written by a Go Mum! client, Kate. She shares her story in the hope of helping other mums realise that they are not alone and that there is a light at the end of the postnatal depression tunnel.
Post Natal Depression and Anxiety (PND) is far more common than most would think. I suffered PND after the birth of my second daughter but didn't after the birth of my first.
I initially spent approximately three weeks in the Post Natal Disorder ward at Belmont Hospital when my youngest daughter was about 6 months old. I was admitted as an involuntary patient. I simply wasn't coping. My youngest wasn't sleeping very well, I struggled with parenting my almost 3 year old and couldn't cope with any kinds of additional stresses that I normally would be able to. I kept telling myself I should be able to cope, after all I didn't have any problems after the birth of my first daughter. I thought I just had to keep going. But I hit a wall. I got angry. Angry at myself and my family.
I finally agreed for my family to have a home doctor visit me. She told us about Belmont's facilities for PND patients. It is an 8 bed ward mother and baby unit. I was breastfeeding and believed it was the only thing I was good at so I did not want to be separated from my daughter. I spent one night at the Royal Brisbane Hospital psych ward (which was a scary experience) and the next day I was transferred to Belmont Hospital (which was like the Hilton in comparison).
I was put on anti depressant and anti-psychotic drugs and received some amazing therapy. There was generally a midwife and psychiatric nurse on each shift so support was always available. I was assigned a psychiatrist who helped me identify how my PND developed and helped me work through these issues.
PND is an underlying hormonal imbalance that can be made worse by stressful events. This was my case. I spent 3 weeks at Belmont and commenced a course of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). Once home, I started to put into action some of the coping techniques I was taught and continued to go back for my course.
All went well for a few weeks until some stressful events triggered me again. I couldn't let them go, I wasn't sleeping very well, I got angry. I ended up back at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and then Belmont. My medication was increased and I spent a further couple of weeks as an inpatient. I was determined to get better. I still am.
I am enjoying being back at work, engage in regular exercise and am doing well. I have also become much better at accepting help when it is offered and not trying to manage everything on my own. I have no plans to stop my medication and believe we need to start talking about these experiences, to educate and help others.
About the Author
Kate is a mother of two and long term client of Go Mum! We thank her for her willingness to share her story and encourage all mums to seek help if they feel overwhelmed or don't feel like themselves.
Below are links to excellent resources on postnatal depression.
Also, our Go Mum! Advisory Board Member Amanda Bryen is a clinical psychologist that specialises in the treatment of postnatal depression and anxiety and does home visits.
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