Pre Natal

Although not recognised as a professional skill by City and Guilds, my most difficult but rewarding qualification i hold is that as a MOTHER. There is nothing more precious in life than that of your own child. Thats why it is extremely important when exercising during pregnancy, you get professional advice from someone who is qualified to prescribe Pre and Post natal exercise.  As a mother of 3 children, I can remember the worries/stress/tiredness/anxieties/up and downs of the long 9 month of pregnancy like it were yesterday. Pre children I was someone who enjoyed running and the gym and when i discovered I was pregnant, I was unsure whether I should give up exercise all together and spend the 9 months chilling out, enjoying the extra chocolate biscuits without feeling guilty! At the forefront of my mind was, will it harm my baby if I keep pounding the treadmill? I decided to speak to my local gym who assured me that exercise during pregnancy has many benefits. There is some evidence that active women are less likely to experience problems in later pregnancy and labour. I then decided to book my first ever Personal Training session which i continued with until shortly before my first child was born.


Did you know that exercising during pregnancy has many benefits including

  • Regular exercise can strengthen your heart/lungs/muscles and stop you feeling so tired
  • Helps maintain a healthy weight
  • May reduce some risks associated with pregnancy, eg pre-eclampsia
  • Prepares your body for birth
  • Makes getting back into shape after your baby is born easier

It is extremely important that you exercise safely, especially in the 2nd and 3rd trimester. Your body will be full of hormones, including "Relaxin" which relaxes your ligaments in preparation for birth. You become "bendier" and there is greater risk of overstretching. Pre Natal Personal Training will ensure a tailor made exercise programme that ensures safety to you and your baby at ALL times. 

Always seek medical advice before taking up exercise in pregnancy. It you have any medical worries/questions, contact your GP.


For any further "exercise in pregnancy" related questions please take a look on the NHS website

Post Natal

Congratulations! At long last your baby is here and you are already wondering about how to get back to your pre-pregnancy shape. Firstly, remember that EVERY women is different. Stay away from the gossip magazines and don't make any comparisons! This is YOUR baby and YOUR body and the best way to regain your shape is with a safely prescribed exercise programme by a qualified professional and a healthy diet.  It is important that you have your 6 week check up with your doctor and a further check up a couple of weeks later if recovering from a C-Section.

These are just a few of the benefits of post natal exercise

  • Promote weight loss
  • Make you less tired as raises your energy level and improves your sense of wellbeing
  • Helps restore muscle strenth
  • Firms body
  • Improves your mood and helps prevent post natal depression

As your body has gone through many changes, it is important to start off any exercise slowly and build up gradually, allowing the body to adjust accordingly.


Post Natal Personal Training allows you to exercise in the comfort of your own home without having to find suitable creche facilities for your little one.  Your child can be in the same room whilst you train, giving you comfort in the knowledge that you will never be far away. 


For further advice on your post pregnancy body, click here

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Dianne Hardman Personal Training and Nutrition Advice

684 Galleywood Road




M: 07990 584534



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COVID-19 Remote Sessions Via ZOOM

During this unprecended time, i am continuing to deliver PT sessions via Zoom/FaceTime. This will help to keep you active and improve your physical and mental strength. Please see above page or contact for more detail.

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