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Post-pregnancy for women, especially after your first child: How it may feel and how to get YOU back feeling where you want and need to be within Health & Fitness!

Many women struggle after giving birth, especially to their first baby. Quite often it is due to your confidence and self-esteem being simply smashed with your whole world changing instantly!

A lot of changes happen to your body after giving birth, some are physical like your breasts filling with milk, and others are emotional like hormonal changes that happen after the baby is born, this could add the feeling of extra stress. Other changes can be things such as the loss of sleep and increased stress that come with taking care of a new-born baby. You are more likely to be affected with negative feelings if you have suffered from depression previously or if it is within family history.

The whole post pregnancy journey is an emotional rollercoaster, a mix of emotions that range from sadness, fear, joy, anger, doubt and happiness. It is clear that your body makes many changes, and you may be left understandably with lowered levels of body confidence, self-belief and self-worth.

You can treat these issues through improving self-care, getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising and taking time to relax. These methods are natural methods to improving your negative feeling after giving birth and things that you have to make time for in your new busy everyday life!

There are other obvious ways to get yourself feeling somewhat back to normal and that is finding yourself some support whether that is counselling or joining groups of people going through same or similar situations to talk with and also getting outdoors in the fresh air, moving and keeping your self filled up with snatches of YOU-Time and not to mention that could be group fitness sessions.

Here are some top tips on how to help yourself:

  • Be proud! Focus on what your body has done and ignore what your body looks like, and you will be more satisfied knowing what your body has achieved.
  • Focus on the positives, teach yourself to accept yourself for who you are and think positive about yourself and choose to focus on the positives whilst rejecting the negatives.
  • Be realistic! No one is perfect although scrolling through social media it may seem they are. Don’t compare yourself to the digital version of them. Look around you in person…
  • Be kind to yourself, it is one of those ‘easier said than done’ phrases and yes it does sound easy to do but for all of you new mums to put it into practise, is a lot harder! Naturally you see yourself with such a critical eye seeing flaws, and visioning flaws that may not actually be there, it is just you are being hard on yourself! Look at yourself with positivity and you will feel the change.
  • Take your time, this is important yet simple! Everyone is different, with different bodies and journeys. Just focus on your own journey and be patient.

Women have a desire to get their body back to how it was before being pregnant, but with the overwhelming exhaustion that they face from caring for a new born, it leaves you feeling out of control with your own body at times. With thoughts constantly filling your mind it can be easy to be thinking of getting back to your fit old self that you can be confident about, but the thoughts on how to look after your baby and be a mother flood your mind and you may not think any further into how this can be done.

Performance To Summit have introduced a new subscription option to suit all mothers. Having just one session on a Saturday morning or even the three scheduled during the week Monday to Friday, means that it is easy to fit into your busy schedules, take an hour for yourself and destress either once a week or build up to three times per week.

All our fitness subscribers are welcome free of charge to our health and wellbeing workshops which you may also find useful if you are suffering after your pregnancy. Subscribe and come along to join us!

For additional information check out the sources below that we used to broaden out knowledge ourselves:

https://theconversation.com/dieting-after-birth-can-make-mums-self-esteem-worse-100247#:~:text=Body%20image%20dissatisfaction%20in%20new%20mums&text=The%20discord%20between%20how%20a,dissatisfaction%20and%20lowered%20self%2Desteem.

https://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/science-says-having-baby-tanks-your-self-esteemhttps://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/women-post-baby-body-psychologist_uk_58fdf2f8e4b018a9ce5cc404?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAALV_9NesAn1mn8xoHwf2ZHXEcZD9u9Nwf4iAb8DzkWGPTGSTu-YlqZg0Z4aP9I6zknM358nO4PX4KNpDWQcF16SqNcOi6Ei8oo_ktARyVButUuJDpiXvb43yaunZXn1K8vJm_-WTOXbnq5xIG0Im3k9KjggiI510MkayUJgCXGjf

Author: Performance To Summit Team – Dave Pickles & Fay Burrows 

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I have been doing these sessions with Performance To Summit and Dave Pickles for the last 3 years and cannot stress how much of a positive impact that these sessions have had on myself and family. Without a doubt the sessions are tough, but they are done in such a way that they are enjoyable and we look forward to them as a family. The sessions are all year round in all weathers,(rain, snow wind – all of them together) and during the winter in the dark, the true testament to me is that not only do my teenagers want to go regularly, without being pushed, but they along other teenagers within the group have been known to drag their reluctant parents to a session in the rain and dark in January, which is down to Dave, his motivational skills and the inspiration he gives us. The benefits we get from these sessions are not only physical, I can see how we have all grown in positive mental attitude, self-confidence and general wellbeing and I can see that in others who are part of the Performance To Summit family. I am not sure what I would do if these sessions ever stopped which was a massive concern for me once lockdown started, however, Dave launched the on line version which has been a fantastic success although I do still miss the face to face sessions and the interaction with the other Performance To Summit fitness family members.

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The sessions are hard, but fun (if that’s possible)? Dave’s endless positivity turns any event into a positive one. The sessions during lockdown have been great, not only in order to keep fit but also to keep connected with others. We laugh, we smile, we grimace, but we are all fitter and stronger as a result. Why not give it a go?

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I began my journey with Performance To Summit following a recommendation from a friend who said it may help me improve my fitness and strength and help to resolve a long standing problem with sciatic pain caused by a problem with my Piriformis muscle.
When I began, I was reasonably fit having exercised regularly throughout my life, however this pain was causing me problems and I was becoming frustrated by not being able to exercise as I would like. I informed Dave of my injury and the exercises I took part in were adapted where needed to help with this injury. Through attending regularly and developing correct form on the functional exercises given by Dave my injury improved, to the point of being pain free. This was a really positive outcome and I continued to regularly attend Dave’s sessions and my fitness and strength has improved greatly. Initially I could not do more than a few sit ups or press ups and I can now confidently and correctly complete many sets of these during a session.
At every session Dave asks if there are any injuries or restrictions and then the exercises and sessions are adapted as needed. This is always done in a positive, reassuring and motivating way, so you never feel like you cannot achieve. His positivity and enthusiasm are unmeasurable. I feel fitter and stronger than ever before.

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When I first started attending the Performance To Summit fitness sessions, I had ruptured my ACL and was waiting for surgery. In the weeks prior to my operation, through the fitness sessions, Dave encouraged me to get my knee and hamstring as strong as possible. Following surgery, even before I could walk without crutches, Dave devised exercises I could do whilst sitting and using my crutches in novel ways to keep my upper body active and me challenged! Through every stage of my rehabilitation, Dave was full of encouragement and constantly adapting exercises as part of the session to keep me motivated and fully involved. Still being able to be part of the Performance To Summit team was a huge boost mentally; being outside with an amazing group of like-minded people is great for self-esteem. The support I received from Dave through Performance To Summit was invaluable to my recovery; he made me believe in myself that I would reach my ultimate goal of getting back on the hockey pitch. Even though it was a year from operation to achieving this, Dave was always positive, always encouraging, and always listened to how I was feeling and how hard he could push me without ever making me feel like it was too much. Without Dave’s constant encouragement and positivity, I know my rehabilitation would have been much harder - his drive drove me - it’s infectious!

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