Your Post Partum Fitness Timeline

Chloe Pedley Jun 6, 2017 0 comments 0

Are you ready to return to exercise?  Let’s talk about that! Firstly let’s look at your priorities. Are you making healthy choices that will support your body, mind and soul? Are you choosing you, mama bear? So much has changed in your body, it’s a time to honour that. There is SO much pressure for you to bounce back and…

Birth Stories: Oliver’s Arrival

Chloe Pedley Apr 9, 2017 0 comments 0

On February 5th, 2009 Oliver was born. Various versions of this story have appeared on the web and in books since 2009, and it’s finally come home to roost in Polkadotsi, with it’s mother. My labour started in the wee hours of the morning (1am) when I could no longer ignore the fact I was having more than just niggles in…

Birth Stories: The Arrival of Wee Finn

Chloe Pedley Apr 6, 2017 0 comments 0

I have had four very different births, three of which have been at home with my very lovely midwife. This is the story of my fourth birth, which was by far my easiest most enjoyable birth, but my most challenging pregnancy. We had decided firmly that three children was enough for us. We had three magnificent little boys, and a…

We Need To Talk About Prolapse

Chloe Pedley Mar 23, 2017 0 comments 0

We need to talk about prolapse! Sometimes the weakening of our pelvic floor during and after pregnancy  is enough to cause a prolapse, which is when the internal organs fall through the connective tissue of your pelvic floor. This can be a bladder prolapse, a rectal prolapse, a uterine prolapse, or an intestinal prolapse. Prolapse can also be caused by…

Are Squats Safe in Pregnancy?

Chloe Pedley Mar 23, 2017 0 comments 0

Squats are a fantastic and relatively safe exercise for pregnant women. We get asked all the time, are squats safe in pregnancy? At Polkadotsi we train pregnant women to be strong, stable, and have the best birth they can. An active birth has many benefits, and being able to stay mobile can help with pain management, blood flow to the…

Why Do I Still Look Pregnant: Do You Have Diastastis Recti?

Chloe Pedley Mar 22, 2017 0 comments 0

Diastastis Recti (DRAMs): It’s the reason that so many of us still look pregnant, even when we gave birth 6 or more months ago. It can leave us feeling weak and with that pregnant looking “pooch”. If you feel weak through the core, perhaps  find it difficult to walk, lift, or even get out of bed, you may have diastasis…

Exercising During Pregnancy Part 1: Getting Started

Chloe Pedley Jan 29, 2017 0 comments 0

I love training pregnant women. The benefits of exercise during pregnancy are just so frigging fantastic, it’s a joy to work with women to help them feel strong, stable, and powerful as they head towards one of the most amazing days of their life. One o f the big reasons I love working with pregnant women is that it  forces…

Shake Up Your Workout With These Post-Workout Smoothies

Chloe Pedley Nov 22, 2016 0 comments 0

Summer is nearly upon us and I have to admit, I love smoothies. I’ve had health conscious friends tell me they’re all the carbs and none of the fibre, and this is probably true – but frankly all things in moderation and I LOVE smoothies! Smoothies are an awesome way to cool off after a workout. If you’ve been hitting…

Working Out Around Children: 5 Kid Friendly Workout Tips

Chloe Pedley Nov 21, 2016 0 comments 0

Got kids? Gotta workout? Woo Hoo!! Let’s DO this! Admittedly getting to a gym with children is either A) expensive or B) impossible – but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your sweat on. Try these tips to have a fun, family friendly workout! 1 – Go for a family walk! This is one of my favourites. We all get…

How To Learn To Do Push-ups

Chloe Pedley Nov 19, 2016 0 comments 0

How To Learn To Do Push-ups If you’re recently post-natal or pregnant or have abdominal separation – stop reading right now, this article ain’t for you! There are other push-up modifications that will suit your body, and I’ll be posting an article series on them soon! Push-ups are SUPER awesome! They hit a whole bunch of muscle groups (Chest, core,…