Dr Joanna Helcké online pregnancy fitness programme follow up review

Now I’ve had Freddie I wanted to do a follow up review for the Dr Joanna Helcké online pregnancy fitness programme I have been using.

Dr. Joanna Helcke online pregnancy fitness programme review

In short, I loved it!

It looks like I’m not the only one whose loving it either, as well as being a proud owner of multiple awards, Jo has just won a Mums Love award for her online pregnancy fitness programme!  Well done Jo!

Dr Joanna Helcké review mums love award

If you missed my first review of the programme, be sure to check it out, I gave a run down of how the site works and how I got on with the videos, I will say up front that I had some internet issues and so I hadn’t been able to do the programme for a few weeks.  This is all down to technical issues my end and nothing to do with the programme!
I’m VERY happy to report that my internet connection seems to have returned to it’s truly average normality so i can now use the programme again!

Perhaps, that’s where I should start with my review.
Here in Seychelles, our internet connection is by no means the fastest or the most reliable.  We get an allowance of, I think, 14gb per month.  I have been able to complete a video each day without it using all of our internet allowance!
This was my biggest worry when starting the programme!   There aren’t any ante natal classes of any sort here so to be able to use to use this daily (when I wanted to!) was a huge advantage!

That moves me on to my next point.  I’m not going to try and convince you that I have been using the programme every day, because I haven’t!!
I’m a stay at home mum to a busy busy two year old and now a newborn as well.  There are definitely days when I’ve just been too tired, or Arthur decided not to nap and I’ve just not had the time!    Different videos are suggested to be carried out different amounts of time a week depending on their intensity and of course how you are feeling! On average, I’ve done the videos 2-4 times a week.  For me it would be totally unrealistic to try and convince myself that I would do it every day.  That being said, the videos are around 20-30 mins long.  This makes it really easy to fit into your day.  If you compare this to going to a class, it’s obviously a lot less of a time commitment!  For those of you feeling up for doing the videos every day they are a great length to be able to do that!  If I’d started at the beginning of my pregnancy I’m sure I’d have been doing it daily then!

Jo has done an amazing job of matching the intensity of the work outs to the stage of pregnancy you are at.  I think if I’d have watched the later stage pregnancy videos early on I’d probably have laughed but believe me they are definitely intense enough late on!!

By the time I reached 37 weeks pregnant I was finding walking up the stairs hard work so I really didn’t need to be attempting anything too crazy fitness wise, and Jo clearly understands that!

I found the videos became more about stress and tension relieving (and it’s amazing how much tension your body holds on to during pregnancy!) as well as maintaining mobility the further into pregnancy I’ve got.

The one thing I have mentioned to Jo that I’d like to see change on the site is to have a list of the items needed for the video before clicking play.  At the moment Jo gives a list once the video starts, I’m found that I then needed to hit pause to get what I needed so I don’t miss anything!  This is obviously a very minor thing but would just make it a little more user friendly!

I have found the community section of Jo’s site nice and friendly and I LOVE when an expert comes in for a week and answers questions, it’s a fantastic opportunity to get advice, tips and ideas from experts in all different fields, such as Doula’s and breastfeeding experts   It’s nice to see questions from other mums to be too, it reassures you that you’re not the only one feeling that way or it gives you something new to think about, either way it’s all good!!

At £12 per month for a subscription to the programme I think the price is really very reasonable for what you get; a weekly personalised Pilates video, access to online community as well as loads of bonus mini-workouts and nutrition tips!

Its now been three weeks since I had my elective Caesarian to have Freddie and I’m bouncing back well! Freddie has seemed to have just slotted right in to our little family, it’s like he’s always been here!!

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I’m very excited that I am now continuing on with Jo for the postnatal series, I’ll be sure to do a review or two on this to let you know how I get on!

Disclaimer: I have been given access to the Dr Joanna Helcke online pregnancy fitness programme for the purpose of a review but all thoughts and comments are entirely my own!

Mummy and Monkeys

Dr Joanna Helcké online fitness programme review

There are lots of positives about being pregnant in the Seychelles, hello floaty beach dresses ALL the time!!!  But, something that I felt I missed out on when I was pregnant with Arthur, and have been missing out on this time round too, is prenatal fitness classes!

There aren’t any prenatal classes of any kind available here which I think is a shame!!

So, when I was offered the opportunity to review the Dr Joanna Helcké online fitness programme I was really excited!!

Dr. Joanna Helcké is a multi award winning pregnancy and postnatal fitness expert as well as being a Mum of 3.  I definitely feel that it’s nice when any expert in pregnancy, parenting etc has kids of their own!!

When you register for the programme there is a short medical questionnaire to fill out.  This helps the programme be tailored to your own requirements!

Once you are registered and logged in your home page will look a little something like this
Dr Joanna Helcké online fitness programme review
So you have access to:

  • All the videos you have done in the past.
  • This weeks video
  • This weeks “to do” list
  • Meal planner
  • The forum
  • The newsletter

Its nice and easy to use and to navigate around.

I started the programme at week 22 of my pregnancy.
The video for that week was a lovely relaxing 20 minute Pilates work out.  I’ll spare you all from pictures of myself doing this and share pictures of Jo doing the video instead….much better for everyone I think!!
Dr Joanna Helcké online fitness programme review

I really enjoyed the video and found that everything was explained really thoroughly and this meant that I was really confident that I was doing everything correctly and safely!

Jo comes across as really lovely and personable on the videos, she clearly is really intelligent and knows exactly what she’s talking about but without being patronising!!

I have now had three weeks worth of videos and I’m loving it!

The videos are different each week and so far have between 20-30 minutes long which is a perfect length for fitting in with Arthur’s nap time….essential for any stay at home mum!

The videos being different means that not only is it tailored specifically to the stage of pregnancy you’re in but it also keeps things fresh for you too!  You won’t get bored doing the same thing all the time!

I like that there is minimal equipment needed, just a mat (I use my yoga mat) and some pillows.  There are a couple of additional things that can be used, blocks for sitting on (I just used a chair) and a small ball to help but I have found it no problem without.

I’ve found that the intensity for the videos have been just enough each week to know that I’ve done something but without it absolutely wiping me out for the rest of the day, which of course is very important with having Arthur to look after and keep entertained all day!!
Dr Joanna Helcké online fitness programme review

Also each week alongside the video, there’s an additional “to do list” with different hints and tips for extra things you can do to maintain your healthy lifestyle!

I’ve not yet really got involved with the forum that is available on the website so I will be sure to take a look around on there over the next couple of weeks so I can talk about that next time!  I do think it’s nice that this is available alongside the videos!

The cost of the programme is £12 a month.  I think this price is really reasonable.  It can cost this much for an hours class in some places.  With this you can do the videos as often as you like as well as having access to the forum so I really do think it’s good value for money!
You can also take a two week free trial to see if you like it!

I’ll be continuing with the programme so I’ll be sure to do another update soon letting you know how I’m getting on!

 

*Please note I have been given free access to the Dr Joanna Helcké online fitness programme for the purpose of review but all thoughts and opinions are my own!