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Be your happiest, healthiest self during pregnancy and beyond

Be your happiest, healthiest self during pregnancy and beyond

Whether you're pregnant or a new mum, sessions at Movers & Shapers can help you be your happiest, healthiest self during pregnancy and beyond.

"The more active and fit you are during pregnancy, the easier it will be for you to adapt to your changing shape and weight gain. It will also help you to cope with labour and get back into shape after the birth" states the NHS. This is all well and good and definitely makes sense. But exercising when pregnant or post-natally (when our bodies are a bit...delicate!) can be daunting. You want to be doing everything you possibly can to be fit and healthy (and anything that can help you 'cope' better with labour is a definite plus) but you also don't want to take any risks. It is often this fear of the risks and a general lack of understanding about what we can and can't do at the various stages of pregnancy and post natally that puts many of us off. This is a real shame because exercising when pregnant and post natally can actually really help both physically and mentally.

A great way to make fitness a part of our lives during this period would be to hire a Personal Trainer. That however, can be very very pricey (when there's already a lot of other stuff to be saving for...buggies, prams, clothes!!) and it can also be a bit lonely. Just you, the Trainer and the bump/baby!! Group Personal Training however, allows you to exercise in the comfort of receiving personal training at a fraction of the cost and in a group setting – so much more fun! Movers & Shapers offers Group Personal Training sessions that pre and post natal clients are more than welcome to participate in. And if you fancy exercising with your NCT friends in a group session (before or after the big event!) that can easily be arranged with the studio and we normally offer discounts to NCT groups. Or you can just join one of the many 30 minute sessions available throughout the day.

Studio Manager Nicky is fully trained in pre and post natal fitness and explains Movers & Shapers' approach to fitness pre and post natally: "In terms of our pre natal clients they will have a consultation with us before their first trimester, before their second trimester and before their third. Their bodies will be changing in each trimester which will impact on their training – hence the consultations at each stage. We will go over with them in each consultation how they should adapt and what to look out for.

Clients can exercise throughout their pregnancy. We have clients that exercised up to two weeks before birth - however we make sure they take it easy as at this stage as it's all about maintenance. In terms of post natal they will need to have their six week check with the doctor for natural birth and 12 week check for caesarean but after that we welcome them back to exercise with us. A doctor should always check their stomach muscles and we ask our clients to request this as unfortunately this isn't always standard practice. That way they can really be sure their bodies are ready - however if this doesn't happen for some reason we have trainers on hand to do this."

NCT Co-ordinator Emma van Klaveren Finlay joined Movers & Shapers a year ago to get fit post-natally: "The membership is predominantly female, an atmosphere I like working out in. The classes are quick and effective if you have little time with kids around. They have a great crèche at the Balham studio and also some classes are kid-friendly-you can bring your children (over 3 years old) to watch. The instructors are very friendly, fun and well trained. The classes are small so you get lots of guidance and personalised teaching. They are also aware of body parts that need working to on postnatally!"

Clients at our Balham studio can also take advantage of a free posture check from a Chiropractor who specialises in pregnancy and paediatrics (Polly Hand – Chiropractic By Hand), a mini chiropractic consultation with baby when he/she arrives along with other discounted therapies including pregnancy massage, reflexology, reiki and nutritional therapy. As well as the on-going nutrition advice and goal setting that is offered to all clients. There is also an on-site crèche so that if you want to continue your training as your little one gets a bit older you can easily do so. 

NCT Members can receive a 20% discount on their first purchase of sessions or the first month of their monthly subscription*. Enter code NCT20 at checkout. Our Balham studio is holding an Open Day on Saturday 18th February from 9am – 2pm. For details of other location Open Days please contact them direct. Pop in for a chat or contact the studio to arrange a free first session at a time that works best for you/your NCT group!

Terms and Conditions: Offer cannot to be used in conjunction with any other offer and is subject to availability. Discount applied to first purchase of sessions or first month only on a monthly subscription after which normal rates apply. Minimum monthly subscription 3 months. Full T&C at www.moversandshapers.co.uk/terms 


After 6 weeks my body fat was down 8% but, more importantly, my entire shape had changed. I'm thrilled to ditch smock-tops and treat myself to a new wardrobe, in size 8.

Lynne Hyland, SW London
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