A guide to hypno-birthing

Many of my ante natal Pilates participants in Epping ask me about hypno-birthing. Does it work? Who to choose. Should I do it in person or online? So many questions. Hypno-birthing I didn’t do it with either of my babies. To be honest, I was a bit sceptical. Sometimes when…

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Pelvic floor or ‘lady bits’ worries? Why it’s time to see a women’s health physiotherapist

Pilates, Epping, Pregnancy, Ante Natal women’s health physiotherapist Pelvic floor or ‘lady bits’ worries? Why it’s time to see a women’s health physiotherapist. From pelvic pain during pregnancy, to urinary incontinence we often refer our Pilates participants and private clients to see a women’s health physiotherapist (WHP). Unfortunately, women’s healthy…

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Lightning Crotch during Pregnancy and other Weird Pregnancy Symptoms

Pilates, Epping, Pregnancy, Ante Natal After 15 years of teaching ante natal Pilates, I’ve heard about some weird pregnancy symptoms. During my Pilates classes I encourage my mums-in-waiting to ask questions. It’s an ideal opportunity to put to bed any worries or perhaps recommend a referral. It amazes me that…

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Should I do Pilates or yoga during pregnancy?

Should I do Pilates or yoga during pregnancy? I’ve been teaching ante natal Pilates and exercise for nearly 15 years and have had two pregnancies, births and babies of my own. As a pregnancy Pilates instructor, whilst I think Pilates is fantastic, it might not be for everyone. I chose…

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Help! I’m really pregnant. Why do I need to pee every time I stand up?

Your desperation to pee – all the time – towards the end of your pregnancy – is largely dictated by four things: 1. How much liquid you have in your bladder (that’s the normal cue); 2. How sensitive you are to the hormone relaxin, which can (amongst all the other…

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5 Resolutions To Make 2017 Your Fittest Ever? #DesperateFitness Free

It’s that time of year when Fitness Frank and Pilates Penny can make you feel like you aren’t good enough. From Instagram #fitspirations who just make you feel fat, to endless 30 day challenges promising everything from losing fat while you sleep to getting you an ab crack*. And then…

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The Very Unsexy Guide to Exercising Safely During Pregnancy

The question of what exercise is best, safest or most appropriate to do during pregnancy is one I get asked a lot. Wanting to answer this question, with facts, rather than hearsay, is one of the reasons I became interested in the field of pre natal exercise in the first…

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10 Tips for a Happy Pregnancy

I’ve been a pregnancy and post natal Pilates and exercise expert for close to 12 years. Throughout this time I’ve trained women privately and in groups. I’ve coached group prenatal fitness but mainly prenatal Pilates. I’ve seen nearly 500 pregnancies, fairly up close and personal (as well has two of…

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Diastasis recti or abdominal separation. Can we fix it?

What is it? Diastasis recti (DR) is the medical way of saying abdominal separation. During pregnancy the line down the middle of your abdominals (the linea alba) will stretch to accommodate your growing uterus and baby. It often occurs to some degree during pregnancy but DR usually refers to abdominals…

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13 ways exercise can help prevent disease (fitness phobes will love #13)

Alzheimers. Type 2 Diabetes. Breast Cancer. Colorectal Cancer. Prostate Cancer. Heart Disease. Depression. What do these major health conditions all have in common? Exercise can prevent, lower the risk of, or in some cases even reverse the effects of the condition. How? We all know that this is what researchers…

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