Before children my life was mine!
I worked in a successful but stressful career as a New Business Development Manager. I worked long hours and drove over 30,000 miles per year. Exercise was my ‘me time’- the way I relaxed and unwound after a long day. I always felt so much better after an hour in the gym. I love how exercise makes you feel after you have finished; it gives you a great sense of well-being. When I didn’t exercise I just didn’t feel right.
In June 2012 my life changed forever, for the better. I had my first son. Overnight life was now all about him. He was my world and he came before everyone and anything -including (without hesitation), myself. I spent the following few months in a newborn haze of feeding, burping, colic induced crying, sleepless nights and eating a lot of cake with my new NCT friends.
11 months later, I had the honour of being bridesmaid for one of my best friends. It was two weeks before the wedding and time for the final fitting of my gorgeous dress. To my shock the dress didn’t fit!! It was so much tighter than it was 5 months previously at the original fitting. At that moment I realised how self-conscious and unattractive I felt in my new mummy body. It suddenly dawned on me that the excuse that I had just had a baby (and my love of cake) had to stop! It was time for action! From that day onwards I started exercising again. I considered joining a gym with a crèche, but my outlay would be £50 a month plus £7 to put my son in the crèche each session. Going only twice a week would cost £106 a month, which on maternity leave I just couldn’t afford. I was also not 100% comfortable leaving my young Son. I took matters into my own hands. I started walking with the buggy and doing some home exercise DVD’s as they fitted in around my life. Once my fitness improved, I started jogging.
Slowly but surely I started to lose the weight. I very quickly began to feel so much better about myself again and I fell back in love with exercise and the way it makes you feel. Exercise also gave me some much needed ‘me time’ again and helped me deal better with the stresses of being a Mum.
To cut a long story short I lost the weight and pretty much the day I got back into my pre- pregnancy jeans -I fell pregnant again with my second son!
In February 2015 my amazing second son was born. Once again I found myself in that new born haze of sleepless nights and cake! But this time it only lasted a couple of months and then I found myself craving exercise again. Pregnancy and Childbirth had once again taken its toll on my body but I was determined not to be in the same situation I was with my first Son 10 months down the line. So I started exercising again and slowly lb by lb lost the baby weight.
Last summer it hit me hard that I didn’t want to go back to my old job, it was hard enough juggling it with being a Mum of one let alone two young children. It had always been a dream of mine to start my own company in something that I enjoy. It took me a matter of seconds to realise that my passion in life was fitness and exercise and this was the area I wanted to focus on. I decided that I really wanted to be able to help other new mums who found themselves in a similar position to what I did.
I consequently spent the next 6 months of my life re-trained and undertook a number of qualifications including Level 2 Fitness Instructor, Level 3 Personal Trainer and a qualification in Pre and Post Natal Fitness and I came up with the concept of Active Mummies. My aim is ‘to help mums of different fitness abilities to reach their own personal fitness goals in a motivational, fun and friendly group environment, whilst giving them the opportunity to meet and socialised with likeminded new mums.’
I still have a long way to go in achieving my own fitness goals and my very own Mummy tummy I am still working on. I am by no means perfect and I still have a love for wine and cheese (almost as strong as my love for exercise)! I didn’t fit back into my skinny jeans 6 weeks after having my baby which we read about so much in the media. I understand the pressures put on new mums to lose the baby weight (which I strongly disagree with) but really I just want to be able to work out with you, have fun and give you a much needed hour of ‘me time’ and help you regain you sense of wellbeing, increase your fitness level and hopefully help you lose a few extra pounds along the way… with your precious baby by your side at all times.
– Claire Brown (Founder of Active Mummies)
Our Personal Trainer
Insurances and Qualifications
- REPS Level 2 Fitness Instructor
- REPS Level 3 Personal Trainer
- QCF Level 3 in Designing Pre and Post Natal Exercise Programs
- CPD Pad Work Training
- CPD Medication Ball Training
- Advanced Nutrition for Weight Lose (Be a Better You)
- Advanced Nutrition Exercise and Performance (Be a Better You)
- Emergency First Aid Qualified – The Red Cross
- Insure for Sports up to £10 Million Public Liability Insurance
‘Before commencing a post natal fitness class please always check with your GP / Midwife. It is necessary that after a natural birth with no complications you wait until after your 6 week post natal check by your GP. If you had a caesarean you need to wait 10 to 12 weeks after the birth before participating in any form of exercise.’
Any abdominal crunches or high impact exercise should be avoided at least 16 to 18 weeks Post Natal.
Running should be avoided until you are at least 13/14 weeks Post Natal and have no niggles or pains.
A supportive sport’s bra is recommended during exercise, this is especially important if you are breast feeding.