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Meetup for Mums and Babies

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Wednesdays at 12am at the Castleknock Community Centre.  Drop in.  All welcome.

 Come and meet other mums for friendship and support.  

You may be the only ones in your circle of friends to have a baby right now.  Perhaps you do not have any family living close by who can offer good practical and emotional support. Maybe you are looking for other like-minded mums to share stories and tips with.  Do you just want to get out of the house and have adult company during your maternity leave?  Did you have a rough start to being a mum, perhaps you or your baby have health issues which are making it difficult to enjoy your maternity leave.  Come and join our friendly, relaxed group.

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Weekly Meetup for Mums

Time:  12-1:30pm 
Venue:  Castleknock Community Centre, Laurel Lodge Road, Dublin 15

Pop in any week to the coffee shop at the community centre.  The staff are welcoming, and are breast-and bottle feeding-friendly.  The tea is just €1 a pot, and they have good, homemade scones.  There is a changing table in the ladies’.  You can park right outside in the centre car park.


Getting Back to Exercise after Having a Baby: Do’s and Don’ts

You might be raring to get back into marathon running, or just wanting to get off the sofa and do something about your ‘mummy tummy’.  Either way, it is advisable to be sensible and to mind yourself.  You still have increased levels of one of the pregnancy hormones, relaxin in your body up to 6 months post-partum, or longer if you are breastfeeding.  Your ligaments are still looser than normal, and hence you are at increased risk of muscle strains and torn ligaments. Getting back to exercise after having a baby needs a lot of planning and patience too.

do'sDo…start slowly and listen to your body.  Your fitness level may well be at a low base level when you start back.  This is a time to start getting active again, not to set up any goals for personal bests.

don'tsDon’t…do high impact exercise such as running or star jumps until 6 months post-partum, or longer if you are still breastfeeding, because of the increased levels of the hormone relaxin. You don’t want to risk a long term injury such as a torn cruciate ligament through being impatient.  There are other ways to add intensity to your workout.  Try taking a post-natal exercise class to get ideas about how to do this.

do'sDo…use exercise as an opportunity to meet like-minded people.  Join up with other new mums for friendship, support and to keep your fitness goals on track.

don'tsDon’t …over-stretch at the end of a session.  That extra relaxin in your body means you can pull muscles more easily than usual.

do'sDo…choose a class or activity that is truly baby-friendly.  If you have a lot of family support and can work out regularly without your baby, then that’s great – go ahead and join the gym.  Otherwise, be realistic and pick something where your baby can come too, otherwise you will probably end up quitting sooner rather than later.

don'tsDon’t…forget about your pelvic floor.  Try bouncing on the bed or sneezing.  If there is any leakage, you will find it beneficial in the long term to do those pelvic floor exercises.  Doing high impact exercise before your pelvic floor is ready will do it harm, not good.

do'sDo…get your tummy checked for ‘diastasis recti’ – where the outer tummy muscles (rectus abdominus) are separated.  This is fairly common after pregnancy and will resolve with appropriate exercise, but there are lots of common exercises you should avoid.  Don’t increase the separation by doing abdominal ‘crunches’.  Instead, work on strengthening your inner tummy muscles (transverse abdominus, or TvA).

don'tsDon’t…set unrealistic goals for getting fit again.  You may get demoralised through having a low base level of fitness, fewer opportunities to exercise and any post-natal complications.  Why not try something new instead, so you are not able to make direct comparisons with where you were at before.  Try setting goals such as ‘3 sessions of exercise this week’ as opposed to ‘running 10k in under 60 minutes’.

And lastly,

do'sDo…enjoy getting active again!  Revel in the endorphins!  Feel confident in your body!  Feel great about making the effort!  Your body and mind will both thank you for it.

Hilary Hooks

I am a qualified post-natal fitness instructor and feel passionately about helping mums to get active again through safe, appropriate exercise.



VIDEO Post-Natal Exercise with Baby in a Sling: tone your bum

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Here’s a ten minute post-natal programme to tone up your bum while you are carrying your baby in a sling.

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Mum and Baby Zumba. Drop in, Castleknock, Dublin 15

Classes are on hold for the summer 2016 as our venues have summer camps on.  Please email me to register interest if you would like to join us in September.


Wednesdays 10:45am Castleknock Community Centre

Love Zumba? Love spending time with your baby too? Come and try our post-natal dance fitness class where babies are welcome to come along.

Your baby might like to socialise with other babies on the mat at the side of the room, sleep in his/ her buggy or stay cosy next to you in the sling.


zumba - baby friendly classWhy choose Active Mum?
– Flexibility. The 4-cass passis valid for all mum and baby fitness classes, and is valid for 8 weeks, so you are free to pick and choose your classes for when it suits you both.
– Socialising. I know how important it is for you to meet other mums for friendship and support. Mums are encouraged to stay around after the class for tea and chat in the coffee shop at the community centre.
– Safety. I am a qualified post-natal fitness instructor and zumba instructor. You can be sure that the exercises are safe and effectve. If you have any post-natal health issues (e.g. spd, diastasis recti etc) please let me know.

If you want to use a baby sling/ carrier but don’t have one of your own, you can borrow a sling from the Active Mum sling library.

Mum and Baby Zumba Class Details

Wednesdays at 10:45am
Castleknock Community Centre, Laurel Lodge Road, Dublin 15

First class €5
4 class pass €40
4-class pass €40

Drop in. Please contact Hilary prior to coming for the first time. Email Hilary/ 087 917 2939

Baby Friendly Workout. Drop in Classes in Dublin 15

baby friendly workout

Classes are on hold for the summer 2016 as our venues have summer camps on.  Please email me to register interest if you would like to join us in September.


Our mummy and baby post natal class offers an ideal environment for you to get back in shape whilst still spending time with your baby.

– all fitness abilities welcome
– bring your baby
– meet other mums

Hilary is a fully qualified post-natal fitness instructor so you can feel assured that the exercises are safe and effective.  If you have any post-pregnancy/ birth health issues, just let Hilary know prior to coming for the first time.  Variations in the exercises can be given for diastasis recti, c. section etc.

Baby Friendly Workout – Details

Mondays at 10:30 at Castleknock Community Centre, Laurel Lodge Road, Dublin 15.  Now on.
Thursdays at 10:00 at St. Brigid’s Community CentreChurch Ave, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.  Starts 30/6/16
Class cost:  €5 for first class then €40 for 4 classes (to be used within 2 months).
Booking:  Please contact Hilary prior to coming for the first time.  Email Hilary, call 087 917 2939

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Baby Friendly Workout 4 Classes €40

More information about baby friendly fitness.

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Active Mum Fitness Classes – on hold

All the fitness classes are on hold for the time being.  Apologies for any inconvenience.

I have been offered an exciting part-time opportunity so I will be cutting down my Active Mum activities to just the baby massage and mum meetup groups.

Thanks to all of you who have come and supported the classes in the past.


Mum and Baby Yoga


Classes finished for the moment.

Please register interest if you would like to see a course starting soon.

Baby Fit: Mum and Baby Fitness Classes

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New 4-week course starting  Jan ’16 at the Castleknock Community Centre

Mum and baby fitness classes.  The best way to get back in shape after you have had your baby.

Classes with post-natal fitness qualified instructor.

What you will gain from the class:

  • Lose weight.
  • Strengthen and tone muscles
  • Tone your abdominals, which helps with posture, back-ache and wobbly belly.
  • Strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.
  • Chat with other mums for friendship and support.

Mum and Baby Fitness Course Details

4 week course
11am on Mondays from Jan ’16
at Castleknock Community Centre, Laurel Lodge Road, Dublin 15

€40 for 4 classes
More information about mum and baby fitness classes

Book now:
4-class pass €40

Contact Hilary

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Meetups for Mums – finished for now

I am moving out of the Dublin area and will soon be running Active Mum classes and events in Dublin 15 for only one day a week.  I’m afraid time won’t allow for any more of the meetups.

Look out for classes starting at a new hub in Co. Meath soon!

Meetup for Mums 28/5/15

Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) – for a walk around the gardens, in the gallery for those with babies in arms, and a visit to the child-friendly cafe.

This is a new weekly event on the Active Mum calendar.  There will be a different excursion each week to a child-friendly place within a 30 minute radius of Dublin 15.

The aim is to get outdoors when the weather is good enough.  I will be there to welcome you and introduce you to others in the group.  Please contact me if you would like to come along so we can look out for you.

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Áras Nua-Ealaíne na hÉireann
Location: Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
Meeting Point:  main courtyard
Price – free entry.  NB you have to pay for car parking.
Booking:  not necessary – just text me if you’d like me to look out for you.  087 197 2939

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