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Postnatal Exercises with @lucymarnerfitness

Personal trainer and mum-of-three @lucymarnerfitness specialises in pre and postnatal exercise. She has kindly shared with us the best way for mums to begin working out again after giving birth. Read on to find out more about returning to exercise after your six-week postnatal check-up with your GP.

Hi, I’m Lucy Marner, a pre and postnatal personal trainer, and owner of @lucymarnerfitness. But, most importantly to me, I’m also Mum to three wonderful boys, with our most recent addition to our family being baby Hudson who is now 9 months old.

18 May 2021

Baby steps

Being a busy mum and trying to stay fit and healthy isn’t easy. At times we just need to relax, indulge a little and have fun, but for the most part I like to try and include a few workout sessions a week and the majority of the time eat a healthy balanced diet. I find this helps support my body and keep my mind strong.

It can be daunting to know where to start after you have a baby, so I would always recommend booking a private consultation with a women’s health physio to have a full body MOT at around 6-8 weeks postpartum before starting any kind of exercise.

If you feel unsure or unconfident getting back into exercise on your own, then look for a personal trainer that specialises in pre and postnatal to help you. I personally like to stick to the basics with my clients in the beginning and introduce simple, low impact exercises that will target all the main muscle groups for the start of their postnatal recovery journey.

Squats

The simple squat targets your glutes that often become lazy during pregnancy.

Lunges

Lunges are a mum’s best friend to target all the muscles in the legs. If you feel off-balance, then hold onto a chair or wall at the same time.

Modified Push Ups

Modified push ups in a box position are great whilst your core strength is still on the weaker side. It’s a good idea to try push ups in this position, so you don’t put any strain on your stomach muscles just yet – putting the work into your arms and chest instead.

Glute Bridges

This exercise is great for targeting your glutes again (and can be done with or without your baby). If you’re not ready for squats just yet, this is the next best thing.

Tricep Dips

Tricep dips burn! But they are great for toning up our arms – especially those stubborn ‘bingo wings’.

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I hope you enjoy following along to these videos that I’ve put together for you, with the help of my little workout buddy, dressed in his gorgeous Babidu outfit from Childrensalon.

Check out Lucy's feature on prenatal fitness and staying active with the family

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