Frequently Asked Questions
At Oh Baby Fitness we recognize first hand bellies/babies and schedules don’t always go hand in hand. Illness occurs, nap time changes and we do our very best to accommodate every situation that may arise. Our classes are based on a 6 week schedule. If you are unable to attend a class during the 6 weeks you will be welcomed to make up that class during the next session. Please contact us if special circumstances arise. We want to ensure class consistency from week to week for all our clients and trainers.
Oh Baby Fitness outdoor seasonal classes have a NO RAIN only SHINE policy. If it is raining (or snowing) within 30 minutes of the start time for class the class WILL be cancelled this done NOT include overcast or chilly days. Class WILL be running on those days. If you are questioning whether class is running or not please contact us.
Physical activity can make you feel better and is beneficial for both you and your baby. The decision to be active during pregnancy may be the initial step toward a long-lasting healthy way of life for you and for your baby. Speak with your doctor or midwife before you begin, so you can talk about different types of activities and cover any questions you may have. It is important to start easy and progress gradually.
The Oh Baby prenatal and post-natal fitness programs were developed to tailor specifically to the pregnant and new mothers’ body. A woman’s physiology changes through each stage of pregnancy and the post-partum period and therefore certain, otherwise safe exercises, should be avoided. Also, certain muscle groups require specific targeting in order to prepare for labour and childbirth. For example, there is a strong emphasis on Kegel exercises to prevent incontinence, back muscles are strengthened in order to maintain good posture and to avoid back pain, outer thigh muscles are strengthened to avoid the “pregnant waddle”, etc…. Also, a 30-minute discussion period has been incorporated into the program in order to provide information to the mother to help her feel confident she is making the right decision for her and her family. Socialization is so very important during this time of a woman’s life and research has shown that being able to share pregnancy and parenthood experiences with peers helps to reduce the feelings of uncertainty and anxiety that often accompany this period of change.
Knowledge is power! Oh Baby Fitness has thoroughly researched topics of interest and continues to broaden the spectrum. Following is a short list of topics that will be covered in class:
• Nutrition for pregnancy • Diapering options • Common pregnancy and post-partum discomforts and suggestions to ease the discomforts • Preparing for / establishing breastfeeding & local support • Baby carriers • Car seat safety • Family balance • Mom & baby programs available in the K-W Region • Treating & preventing post-partum depression • Labour pain management options
If you were physically active before you became pregnant you may safely join the classes in your first trimester. If you were previously sedentary or participated in sporadic physical activity before becoming pregnant it is advisable to wait until your second trimester. Detailed guidelines may be viewed by clicking on this link: http://www.csep.ca/communities/c574/files/hidden/pdfs/parmed-xpreg.pdf.
It’s not so much as whether the baby is old enough, rather, if you have healed from your birth and are settling in well in your new role as mother. Generally speaking any time following your 6-week check-up and on the “ok” by your healthcare provider is perfect!
If your baby tends to be quite vocal, this is the class for you! It’s a great way to get out, get some exercise and know that you are not the only one! Babies cry and if one class your baby needs you, know that next week it will be someone else and we’re all in the same club. Also, in all classes, baby comes first and if they need you simply break away from class to tend to the baby – no need to leave the room! If the baby needs to be held you can hold the baby and simply step through the moves – it’s a great workout either way.
Yes! Absolutely we will prorate all sessions that have already started if you wish to register. Please contact us directly to register.
Our classes do NOT run outdoors in the rain. If it is raining within 30 minutes of the class starting it will be cancelled. The reasoning for this is we want to ensure each class is as enjoyable and safe as possible.