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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Optimal Baby Positioning Healthy Back Pregnancy

http://fitschoolradio.jellycast.com/files/audio/FITSCHOOL-PODKL-OptimalBabyPositioningHealthyBackPregnancy.mp3 This podcast is fantastic for those last few months of pregnancy. These moves will guide you through getting baby into optimal positioning for birth whilst relaxing and easing out any niggles in your back. Running time: 6 minutes, 17 seconds.

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Naomi’s birth story

AS a pre and post natal exercise specialist, NCT volunteer and mum of young children, I’m often surrounded by birth stories. Good, bad and ugly. I had polar opposite experiences with the births of my children, so before the memories fade, I thought the time was ripe to pen my…

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Top 10 things you can do for an easier birth

WHEN it comes to labour and birth, there is no shortage of information out there. But with highs and lows, great labours and horrific stories all up for consumption wouldn’t it be nice to have a simple guide to the best ways to prepare yourself for birth? Of course, no…

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The Princess. The bump. Your body. How long does it really take to recover after pregnancy and birth?

THERE has been much furore surrounding Princess Kate and her post baby body since she emerged, glowing, from the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital last week. In fact perhaps more media attention has focused on Kate’s body than on beautiful baby Prince George. So newsflash, the female body takes…

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