Women who have had a baby, in some ways, are no different from any other client (they have a human body, strengths and weaknesses, goals and challenges). Of course, in other ways, they are in their own world; the demands of being pregnant, going through labour, and then caring 24/7 for another human being can impact a woman in very significant ways.
The nuts and bolts of post-partum exercise planning depends a lot on if I had a history with this client i.e., did I know her before she was pregnant? did I know her when she was pregnant? If yes, then I was getting regular updates. If not, then a thorough health and fitness history would be crucial, things like: were you active before pregnancy, during pregnancy, etc..?
A few significant variables when working with a post-partum client:
-time: can she actually come to the studio? if I went to her home, would she be able to exercise? can she do something on her own, without me?
-energy: is she sleeping? does she have support? does she have other children, besides the newborn? is she properly nourishing herself?
-financial: babies are expensive creatures! And, there is at least one income that is affected…What is within her budget right now?
-physical: how is her body feeling? how did it respond to childbirth? Did she tear? Does she have diastisis recti? Is she breastfeeding?
-emotional: how much stress is she feeling? how much of an effect have hormones had? Is she suffering from baby blues or a deeper depression?
Once all of her specific issues have been addressed, we can collaborate on the best course of action, at least in the short run; things can change so much in a few months that a revision may be necessary.