24th February 2016

Personal trainers can sometimes seem like fitness just comes easy to them. They rock up to you all bright and breezy, free and easy, looking fit and healthy and you think ‘why is it so easy for you?’.

Of course, it’s not and it’s reassuring to remember you that even though your trainer might seem like a mega fit superhero – she’s really just like you.

When it comes to pre and postnatal fitness, personal trainers face all the same issues as the rest of us.

Many of our Jelly Belly team trainers are mums and have dealt with all of the problems that come with the combination of babies and fitness.

So what does happen when personal trainers have babies? They’re here to tell you…

Janine Twumasi-Anolue:

“I embrace the fact that perfection doesn’t exist. Instead I aim for balance, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually – life is a balancing act of all these things.”

Jelly Belly trainer Janine

“Before having my two children I typically enjoyed high intensity workouts, the harder the better!

So after suffering with hyperemesis gravidarum (extreme vomiting) for both pregnancies, which included being bed bound and hospitalised exercise went out the window. It was all about survival!

The second pregnancy left me far worse – my bones felt weaker, I had to a use a crutch because of the terrible Pelvic Girdle Pain and postnatally I was left with abdominal separation of 4.5-5 finger widths.

To go from a fantastic level of fitness to having an array of issues was quite devastating. I even had a few people questioning whether I could recover well enough to continue working in the industry.

But I desperately wanted to heal for my well being and always thought that if my journey would inspire other people then I would have to take that journey. It was a very difficult and slow process – I had two young children under five and other commitments to juggle on top of all of that.

I did have the help of Physiotherapists, an Advanced Pilates Instructor who specialised in Post Natal recovery and a Nutritional Therapist. I had to learn how to be comfortable with my ‘new body’ and wondered if I really could be inspirational to clients in spite of the changes. The way I trained radically changed and I had to stop doing certain activities I loved. That was my hardest challenge!

So fast forward, it’s been almost two years and I feel fantastic! My bodily awareness has improved ten fold. How I feel has overtaken, how I look. Focusing on how I feel means that I know when my body needs to rest, I know when to push but also when to hold back.

My abdominal separation has improved immensely but I am aware that regression can occur so I factor this in during my everyday activities. I am really happy with my strength and endurance. I see my stretch marks as part of a reminder that I have two healthy miracles and embrace the fact that perfection doesn’t exist. Instead I aim for balance, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually – as life is a balancing act of all these things.”

Zoe Baggi:
 “It’s about fitting exercise in when you can and accepting it won’t be as it was before.”
Zoe team pic

“When I had my first son I would go to a Sunday early evening class and that would be my time to hand bedtime over to daddy and escape for a little while.

 I remember wanting to sleep on the yoga mat afterwards! With my second it was harder as I had two children so I did a lot of 20-30 minute workouts at home when the kids were in bed.  I just had to fit it in when I could and realise that it wouldn’t be the same as it was pre kids  – a good workout doesn’t have to equal an hour in the gym!

A lot of it is about having a different mindset and setting small, achievable goals like finding one class that works for your schedule and trying to stick to that.”

Kellie Moore: 

“Being a ‘fit’ personal trainer doesn’t mean you can just breathe the baby out!”

Kellie team pic

“Post natal recovery is completely personal, trainer or not! Some people heal faster than others so that ha an impact on recovery.
With my first child I had a forceps and episiotomy delivery. I healed well but it took around 2 years for the pelvic floor to restore and function as it should. Also, I breastfed for over a year and I think this makes a difference because I noticed a change once I stopped.
Each pregnancy can feel completely different too. I am nearly full term with my second baby and have found this one much tougher, experiencing prolonged nausea, spd (Symphysis pubis dysfunction), heartburn, sleeplessness, anaemia – to name a few!
There’s less time to relax than in the first pregnancy and I’ve struggled to find time for my own exercise routine (I swam 2 to 3 times a week during the first pregnancy). I have everything crossed for an easier delivery this time though – I’ll let you know the outcome as I only have a couple of weeks to go!
Being a “fit” personal trainer doesn’t mean you just breathe your baby out – though it can be helpful for an active labour.”





So, what happens when personal trainers have babies?- Jelly Belly PT