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About Bump and Beyond – Pregnancy and Postnatal Fitness, Health and Wellbeing

Who We Are and What We Do

Whether you are wanting to maintain your fitness levels throughout pregnancy, know what the guidelines are for exercise during pregnancy and after birth of your baby, get back into shape safely after your baby has arrived and restore your core muscles or you want to exercise or follow a weight loss programme later into motherhood, then Bump and Beyond is for you.

We are experts in the field of Antenatal and Postnatal exercise, health and nutrition and have over 18 years’ experience of prescribing exercise, nutrition and health interventions to women and many community groups.

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Our Aims

We aim to provide safe, effective, structured, fun and functional exercise programmes to all mums-to-be and mums. We recognise that women who are able to continue to exercise and eat healthily whilst they are pregnant and postnatally gain less weight, feel better and have more energy.  Exercise can also help in having shorter labours, ease their post-partum recovery and help their bodies feel stronger and fitter to meets the demands of being a mummy.

Studies have shown that not only does exercise benefit the mother, but also your precious baby inside.

 

Our Services

For more information on our range of services, from one to one personal training sessions, nutritional and weight management consultations and plans, nutritional guidance and advice, sport specific training programmes and prescriptive exercise and lifestyle programmes for women with additional health conditions, please visit our Personal Training and Services pages.

Bump and Beyond provides Individual and Group training sessions in and around the Swindon and Marlborough areas in Wiltshire, UK and if you’d prefer a programme  online, they are available everywhere!

About Polly Simpkins

Welcome to Bump and Beyond.

My name is Polly Simpkins and I am founder of Bump and Beyond. I am a mummy of two and I have always enjoyed taking part in exercise since a young age from playing tennis, to using the gym.  I love setting myself challenges such as running the London and New York Marathons and more recently generally keeping myself fit by running and taking part in regular exercise.

When I became pregnant for the first time with my daughter, I was very unsure about what exercises I should and shouldn’t do, I found there was conflicting advice and guidance around and very little on offer in terms of exercise classes for pregnant ladies and new mums. I therefore found that I started to do less exercise and was very cautious about what I did.

With my following pregnancy I was determined to find the correct exercises to suit me during and after having my son.

The whole experience of being pregnant and having babies is magical, but I learnt that it’s so important to look after your body and know the correct guidelines and recommendations for exercising.

I wanted to share my experience and knowledge that I learnt with other mums to be and new mummies, so I have studied for further qualifications and attended various courses to qualify me as a Pre- and Postnatal Exercise Instructor and set up Bump and Beyond as a result.

My Background

I have worked for the last eighteen years in Sports development, public heath and developing physical activity and health initiatives.  I have worked with high risk cardiac patients and individuals with varying health conditions and chronic illnesses in prescribing them exercise to improve their health and wellbeing. I’m passionate about exercise and physical activity and want to pass on all it’s benefits to those who attend Bump and Beyond.

My aim is to provide specialist exercise and nutritional programmes to Pregnant women and mums that are purposeful, safe, effective, structured and fun which will meet the needs of women in their various stages of motherhood, where I can offer advice and guidance in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

Below is a list of my qualifications I have gained over the years.

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Health Sciences
  • Level 3 Award in designing Pre and Postnatal Exercise Programmes
  • Level 3 Personal Trainer
  • Modern Pregnancy Exercise CPD Course
  • Modern Post Natal Exercise CPD Course
  • Level 4 Cardiac Rehabilitation Instructor
  • Level 3 GP Exercise Referral Instructor
  • Level 2 Fitness Instructor
  • Core Training Course
  • Nutrition and Weight Management Course
  • Eat4Health Instructor
  • MUMMY OF TWO!
  • Emergency First Aid trained
  • Defibrillator trained
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