Before giving birth you may have had a grand plan of “getting your body back” once your baby had arrived, or perhaps you’re shocked and discouraged by the surge of “snap-back” posts on social media, pressuring Mums to lose the baby weight.
Deep down, you know your body needs a little more than a bootcamp.
The thought of strenuous exercise may make you cringe and your pelvic floor shudder.
Our Stronger Mummy programme is specially designed to
✅ Assess your body’s needs
✅ Determine whether you have diastasis recti
✅ Reconnect you with your Core and Pelvic Floor
✅ Support you with nutritional approaches and recipes to aid post-natal recovery
✅ Provide tips for coping with motherhood and still feeling good
✅ Educate you on areas such as your gut health and recovery post-pregnancy
✅ Coach you to lift your baby, car seat, pram and, should you choose, any weights safely and effectively
✅ Guide you through a safe return to exercise that suits your aims, body and schedule
✅ Offer options to relieve tension and stress
This 4 session private package is fully supportive of your personal needs
We start with a detailed pre-screening and private conversation.
Frequently Asked Questions
- My baby is now 6 months old - is the course still suitable for me?
Post-natal is for life, not just a few weeks - so whether it's 6 weeks, 6 months or longer since you gave birth, this course will still be relevant for You. Once you enrol on the course, I will send you a detailed pre-screening form to understand your specific situation, so I can offer the support You require and tailor the physical aspects of the sessions specifically for You.
2. How soon after birth can I start this course?
To start this course, You must have attended your 6 week post-natal check and your lochia discharge (post-natal bleeding) must have stopped. As part of the course, I will ask you about your delivery experience and any follow up treatments You have undergone, &/or any recommendations your GP (or other medical professional) has given You. The course is suitable for both those who delivered vaginally or by C-section.
3. Can I bring my baby to the class?
Absolutely! I understand that your time as a Mum is precious and that childcare can be tricky. I may actually seek to include your baby in your sessions too. Why? Lifting, carrying and feeding your baby can lead to changes in your alignment that lead to discomfort &/or aches. By incorporating, movements with your baby into the sessions, we hope to build your strength, improve your alignment and show you a way to include aspects of our course into your day with your baby.
I recommend you bring along whatever toys, chairs or other items You feel would keep your baby comfortable, warm and happy. Your baby remains your own responsibility during the session though I will do our utmost to support You.
4. How many people will be on the course?
Just You. This course is private to ensure that you receive the support you need to restore your confidence and strength in your body.
5. My abdomen bulges down the middle when I cough or laugh - is this normal?
Whilst this is common, it is not normal. You may have a separation of the abdominals or diastasis recti. This happens to every woman in the latter stages of pregnancy and, given rest and recovery post-natally, often heals itself. That said, how many new Mums nowadays get the luxury or rest and recovery after childbirth??? As part of this course, I check for diastasis recti and coach you through breathing, nutrition, stress management and restorative moves to aid natural healing of any separation.
This will also reduce the impact of associated issues such as pelvic floor dysfunction and low back pain. What's more, I will coach you to lift your baby and all their equipment without pressuring this area of weakness in your body to give your body the best support for recovery.
6. I'm experiencing some leakage when I cough or sneeze - is that normal?
Again, whilst this is common, it is not normal either. My pre-screening process will take the time to understand your particular experiences. The course includes pelvic floor activation and release strategies. I have a range of approaches to these exercises as we recognise that not everyone learns or responds in the same way. My approach is strictly external though.
Where appropriate, I will refer to a female health physiotherapist to ensure your specific needs and situation are properly addressed. Again, I understand that this can be daunting - it's much easier to just ignore it all and hope it goes away - I don't think this is an option. So again, I provide information and ongoing support as required, to reassure You as much as possible.
7. How does the course actually work?
We meet face-to-face within my private studio in Lincoln (LN2 4DR) at agreed times. During these sessions we will focus on movement approaches - supporting you in lifting your baby, prams, car seats etc whilst gradually improving your strength & fitness.
These sessions are suitable for all fitness and ability levels as I coach you on appropriate form and ensure you are working at a level suitable for You.
Away from these sessions, your online support course includes access to videos demonstrating the key movements and stretches from our sessions as well as webinars. These webinars cover other aspects that support post-natal recovery. You can watch these at a time to suit you - pause them and replay them to your heart's content! Plus, of course, you are free to ask questions at any time during the course on any of the content and it's relevance to You.
8. Who teaches the course?
Creator and owner of OptiMum Health, Lisa Gimenez-Codd is a Mum of 2 young boys herself. An advanced Personal Trainer, Pilates instructor and Pre/Post Natal instructor, she has furthered her qualifications to specialise in female health matters. Including pelvic floor restoration, nutrition for post-natal recovery and movement strategies to restore confidence, vitality and strength in the post-natal period. Further details can be found at www.optimum-health.me.uk.
9. At my 6 week check, my GP said I was fine to return to exercise - why do I need a Restoration & Recovery course?
Recovery from childbirth is now known to take around one year - in some cases, longer. The medical checks in the UK tend to occur at 6-8 weeks after childbirth, during which the practitioner often says you are fine to return to exercise. However, these checks are slowly disappearing and even where they do occur, they rarely include a physical examination to fully determine your stage of recovery. These checks do not assess for diastasis recti - see point 5 above. Nor do they take any account of your fitness before and during pregnancy, your experience of motherhood in those difficult early weeks, the extent of your support network, the amount of rest you are getting or the type of exercise you are contemplating returning too. All of these factors have a direct effect on your recovery from pregnancy and childbirth.
Your body adapted to pregnancy over nearly 10 months - it's unrealistic to expect it to snap back to pre-pregnancy status in a few short weeks when you're also adapting to caring for a brand new baby as well.
I understand this - from first hand experience as well as qualifications in the field. This course has been tried and tested with other new Mums from across the Lincoln area with great success.
10. How much does the course cost?
The course, including 4 privately coached sessions, online webinars and exercise video access, plus active support & access to your Coach throughout the course is available at just £240 per person. Payment in 2 instalments is split into 2 monthly instalments of £120 each.
Lincoln Mums card holders discounts are available - please contact us for details.