Today is book review day. I love doing these because I love to have loads of books on the subjects I am passionate about and to be in the know!
I appreciate that having sessions with a Specialist Pre & Postnatal Trainer like myself is not possible for every mum. With this in mind, I recommend “Postnatal Fitness” by Judy Difiore as a good place to start. It will help you understand why getting back to fitness is a process that needs to be considered carefully. You need to ensure you build the correct blocks to create a strong foundation for your posture, core, pelvic floor and muscles, so they heal and then fire perfectly. If you take care of your body, you can care for you newborn and carry on with your everyday activities, to the best of your ability.
Who is Judy Difiore?
The author has been specialising in pre and postnatal exercise for more than 20 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in teacher training – yes she knows her stuff! She has also been responsible for the creation of the Buggy Workout Instructor Training Course.
Why do I recommend this book?
Judy breaks down the method of training into bite size pieces, helping you to understand why and how each exercise works. From a specialist instructor’s point of view, this book (and many others) help me to continue updating my knowledge and skills with the latest research.
There are lots of photographs and illustrations to accompany each exercise, which make them easy to understand. Judy also outlines what changes occur to a woman’s body during pregnancy and after. I have spoken to many many Mums who have little or no knowledge of the changes their body is going through. This can often leave them feeling vulnerable and even nervous (especially if it is their first baby). This book can put to rest any questions or concerns a Mum may have. It is also very easy to read and digest.
As it says on the front of the book: “If you buy only one postnatal exercise reference book, make it this one!” (quote from Guild of Pregnancy & Postnatal Exercise Instructors)
Happy Reading, Happy Recovery, Happy You!