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NOW CLOSED: Had a baby in the last 3 years? Complete a short survey for Central YMCA about postnatal exercise and you could win a £200 JL voucher

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 23-Sep-11 10:56:00

We've been asked by Central YMCA to find out how you feel about postnatal exercise. If you've had a baby in the last 3 years we'd very much like you to complete this survey about this topic - regardless of what level of exercise you did grin.

The survey is open to all UK MNers who've had a baby in the past 3 years.

~ If it was your first baby you should be at least 3 months post-partum to take part.

~ If you have had more than one child in the past 3 years, please answer about the most recent one (unless it was very recent - you should ideally be 3 months post-partum).

Everyone who takes part and adds their details at the end will be entered into a prize draw to win £200 of John Lewis vouchers.

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw
<pulls in pelvic floor>

PelvicFloorsOfSteel Fri 23-Sep-11 11:04:20

I've answered it but I think it could do with some more options - I look like I don't do any exercise at all from the tick box options but I do several miles a day with the double buggy just getting from place to place.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 23-Sep-11 11:06:15

PelvicFloorsOfSteel - good point - have added 'other' to list at Q2. Will tweak your entry

tootssweet Fri 23-Sep-11 11:07:20

Done whilst waiting for physio app't grin

PuzzleRocks Fri 23-Sep-11 11:15:08

Done. I love the idea of online classes. I worked out at home as I did not want to use the creche with a very small baby, nor could I have afforded to do so on top of the cost of the class.

Filmbuffmum Fri 23-Sep-11 12:09:56

Why such emphasis on the first three months after giving birth? At this point I still didn't feel like doing anything except sitting on the sofa breastfeeding, and occasionally walking with the buggy. Joined a running club when DS2 was 6 months, and lost over a stone within a few months, but am quite sure that any attempts to do so any earlier would have been lost amidst the sleepless nights etc. There are enough pressures on new mothers without worrying about getting back into a pair of jeans when the baby is still so little!

headfairy Fri 23-Sep-11 12:22:32

same as filmbuffmum, I'd had my second section after I had dd, I couldnt' straighten up for 6 weeks so there was no way I was going to be doing any exercise in the 2-3 months after she was born. Plus it was midwinter, there was snow on the ground for at least a month. No way was I going out running in that. I joined a buggy fit class when she was 4 months old and went for over a year. My responses obviously won't reflect that. But then it possibly wasn't considered postnatal exercise after 4 months.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 23-Sep-11 12:36:19

Good point Filmbuffmum and headfairy - we've amended to being about the first few months (once you're up and about) after giving birth.

I was just about to complain about it being the first 2/3 months and have filled in the older version <had a shower and forgot about the survey> grin
My baby is now 11 months old and I am now seriously trying to get into shape. Couldn't of cared less before now.

DamselInDisarray Fri 23-Sep-11 13:20:18

Same as other people, I didn't care at all about exercise until DS2 started sleeping properly and I had some energy to spare. For man of us sleep deprivation goes on well beyond the first few months.

PuzzleRocks Fri 23-Sep-11 13:23:12

Damsel - I feel your pain. Mine didn't sleep through until each of them were two. However, I found second time round that exercising actually alleviated that awful zombie like feeling. I'm not sure how but it really helped.

tigercametotea Fri 23-Sep-11 13:44:03

Done !

doughnutty Fri 23-Sep-11 14:25:46


dinkystinky Fri 23-Sep-11 14:54:46

Done - though I never win any of those draw thingys.

Fillybuster Fri 23-Sep-11 14:55:08

Done. Would definitely have used online classes post-partum, and would now, too...

trixymalixy Fri 23-Sep-11 19:34:54

My two didn't sleep through until 18 months and also didn't have the energy to do anything before that.

PeterSpanswick Fri 23-Sep-11 20:35:24

I'm obviously a bit of a weirdo - I couldn't wait to get back in the gym and burn ditch my maternity wardrobe! Exercise was the only thing that shook that sluggish, stuck-to-the-sofa feeling for me although I was lucky enough to have two straightforward births so imagine that was a major factor in how I felt afterwards both times.

Hi AnnMumsnet!
I missed out the 'l' at the end of the word 'hotmail' in my email address when I did the survey. Please can you bear this in mind for the purposes of prize draws? <crosses fingers she might win>
Thanks smile

PuzzleRocks Fri 23-Sep-11 21:50:04

I think it also helped that breastfeeding mine never took longer than ten/fifteen minutes at a time. I have friends whose babies, in the early months, would be latched on for the best part of an hour.

DuelingFanjo Sat 24-Sep-11 00:10:34


I was the only one of my NCT group not doing any excercise. They all seemed really keen to get out to buggy fit. I prefered to stay in bed eating cake.

PontyMython Sat 24-Sep-11 07:42:20

Done. That's my exercise for the day grin

SilveryMoon Sat 24-Sep-11 07:55:08

Done, although I didn't do any exercise after ds2 was born and never attempted to, so not sure how much help my answers will be blush

lexa2011 Sat 24-Sep-11 15:14:41

hi ann please can you confirm that my survey entry (central ymca) has been entered. many thanks

Jacksterbear Sat 24-Sep-11 18:43:44



AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 24-Sep-11 20:57:15

lexa2011 - yes thanks!

SweetGrapes Sat 24-Sep-11 21:47:26


Nevercan Sat 24-Sep-11 21:47:49


pearlgirl Sat 24-Sep-11 23:33:57


twotesttickles Sun 25-Sep-11 00:33:23

I couldn't exercise for six months post partum as I had an incisional hernia from the last CS and then had to have surgery to correct that. hmm

But for previous one could. not. be. arsed. really blush

I suspect most first time mums have enough trouble getting themselves dressed let alone bloody leaping about trying to reduce the size of their arses, frankly. grin Or was that just me? grin

rumpleteaser Sun 25-Sep-11 11:34:43

I'm not currently in the Uk but I was in the Uk when I had ds.... am I still able to enter or not?

kiwijesta Sun 25-Sep-11 13:31:16

Was there a space to say when you started exercising again? I was walking everywhere from 3 months I'd say but wasn't up to proper exercise eg DVD until DD was 6/7 months old, that might have been a good question.

windatmytail Sun 25-Sep-11 19:11:36

all of my exercise involved pushing the buggy with the dog in tow but I did do a hell of a lot of that as I was slowly going round the twist indoors smile

HavePatience Sun 25-Sep-11 19:29:56

I did the survey a few days ago. I'm never sure if I'm meant to add to the thread or not...
I would have loved a group class in my area where the class involved exercising with my baby. To Both meet people and learn ways of keeping fit even with a baby who needed to be near me constantly.

HavePatience Sun 25-Sep-11 19:31:06

Oh blush just read the thread. I had no idea "buggy fit" existed. blush

CheerfulSingsOut Mon 26-Sep-11 13:41:08

Done. That was quite fun! grin

Done smile

ButteryPie Mon 26-Sep-11 20:01:27

I was going to go to a class called "pushy mums", but it was a bus, metro and another bus away, and that just seemed a bit much on top of the class, and the fact that I would have had to do it pushing a double buggy as DD1 was still too young, and I had a limp until about 18 months after having DD2 anyway.

Also, I'm a lazy arse.

HavePatience Mon 26-Sep-11 20:37:37

grin "pushy mums"!

cosmicdiva Mon 26-Sep-11 20:52:31

Done but it wasn't clear what was meant by exercise. I haven't done any sports or gym or anything, but with a 3yr old and a baby to take care of, housework, gardening etc, I wasn't exactly sitting on my backside watching TV all day!

Blatherskite Mon 26-Sep-11 21:00:44



Lizzzombie Mon 26-Sep-11 21:45:53


PoppetOne Mon 26-Sep-11 22:12:12

Done smile

Michiem Mon 26-Sep-11 22:42:43


Kahu Mon 26-Sep-11 23:14:49



milk Tue 27-Sep-11 14:09:15

done smile

I really need those vouchers, I have no clothes that fit me sad

FoofFighters Tue 27-Sep-11 14:28:11


bluecake Tue 27-Sep-11 17:35:21

Done - but I was a bit confused about the 'first few months' thing - I thought that because of the mention of 3 months that it meant that so I probably underestimated what I did because I didn't start until 8 weeks and so was only just getting going by 3 months.

openerofjars Wed 28-Sep-11 22:48:59

Done the other day but forgot to post here. Does it matter? Oh well.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 29-Sep-11 18:19:00

MagicsInTheMakeUp was chosen as the winner of the £200 John Lewis voucher...well done! Thanks to everyone who took part.

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