In case you didn’t already know, a few of our hot instructors at Bobbi’s Pole Studio Singapore are mothers.
Part 1 of our interview features sexy mommas – Jasmine and Charlene. Read on to find out more about what makes them tick and how they balance babies, body waves and everything in between.
Charlene is a senior instructor in our studio and currently teaches Beginners, Techniques 1, and Intermediate 2. She used to teach up to Advanced before she gave birth to her son Matthias 6 months ago.
1) What’s your advice for pole students who find out they’re expecting?
Jasmine: Always seek your doctor’s advice first!
Charlene: STAY CALM. You’ve probably built up good mental and physical strength during your time in pole classes to prepare you for motherhood. :) Hold off any strenuous workouts and do not lift heavy things. That includes lifting your body weight and attempting an up-side-down trick! Consult your doctor for professional advice before resuming any exercise regime.
I would say Beginner SLAP without those sexy killer heels would be a nice way to keep the heart pumping and still feel sexy with your little baby bump now. Your ligaments will get looser during this time, so be sure to go easy on your splits and do not go too low in your lunges. Pre-natal yoga and a nice slow swim will help relax you and your baby too. Should you feel any giddiness or pain, stop immediately and consult a doctor.
Also, come by the studio and sit in to watch classes and go for a nice dinner with your pole buddies! Having to stop your usual regime and not see your friends would be too depressing. (Jasmine and I meet up with pole mummies from time to time and welcome others to join us over lunch or dinner to share mummy tips and let the kids get some playtime together!)
2) What’s your advice for new mummies who want to start or resume pole dancing?
Jasmine: Expect to be winded for the first few lessons! Age does play a factor too, as the older you get, the longer you will take to recover.
For my second pregnancy, I would do Beginners all the way till the 3rd trimester, no upside downs. In addition, I would do Beginner SLAP and Flexibility classes.
Charlene: Your doctor/nurses would have taught you some simple conditioning exercises for your core and back muscles after your delivery. Be sure to do them daily as soon as your wound recovers. Kegel exercise are the best to help with recovery. Do them whenever you get some free time.
When those ‘bed-ridden’ conditioning exercises get too easy and you’re starting to yawn at brisk walking, come by Bobbi’s to sign up for a Beginner pole or SLAP class. This should be after 3 months if you’ve had a natural birth and after 6 months if you’ve had a C-section. Again, make sure that you have the green light from your doctor because every individual is different.
3) What was your personal experience like, as a pole instructor having a baby?
Jasmine: I had a great pregnancy and worked out as usual with yoga and swimming. I had to stop teaching pole classes though, as I was bleeding a bit in my first trimester.
After Sarah’s birth, I was back in 3 months and it felt great!
Charlene: In the initial weeks after conception, I wasn’t used to being pregnant and not being able to do those crazy tricks! I wanted to dance every time the music came on!
The constant warmth, gifts and advice from my friends at Bobbi’s helped me pull through the pregnancy blues. Seeing my students progress and dance to the routines also brought lots of joy and happiness to my life then. I guess that’s why Matt’s a happy and smiley baby!
I also believe that pole has given me both physical and mental stamina during and after my pregnancy. I did not experience many aches or lethargy before and I take on my new motherhood journey with much courage and strength (like how I would approach a new crazy trick).
I’m waiting for Sarah and Matt to start pole-ing with me now!
Coming up next: Part 2 of Body After Baby – with Jamie
Stay tuned as Jamie imparts her tips to being a happy mum, coming up next week.