A debilitating bout of post-natal depression spurred fitness instructor Aimee Oliver to set up exercise classes just for mums.
Keeping in shape has always been a big part of life for the 31-year-old, who lives in Portadown with husband Matthew (32) and children Lily (5) and two-year-old Jack.
When she became pregnant with her first child, she was working full- time as a fitness instructor as well as captaining the Northern Ireland volleyball team.
But after Lily was born, the new mum struggled to get her exercise fix and was unaware she was suffering from post-natal depression.
Now, three years later, she runs Bodyfit Mums, a pre and post-natal fitness programme that went online following the Covid-19 pandemic.
"I was used to going to a fitness class when I wanted to, but when I had Lily I couldn't do that," she says.
"My husband is self-employed, so he couldn't always help. That's when the walls started to close in around me."
Being unable to regularly attend class became a source of anxiety for Aimee, so when she set up BodyFit Mums, the ability to bring along kids was a must.
"It was important that mums didn't have to worry about childcare and could bring their children," she says.
Aimee has always been interested in women's health but didn't learn more about it until she became a parent.
She studied for a sports science degree then qualified as a fitness instructor before working in a gym for 10 years.
"After I had Lily, I realised there was nothing specific for mums in relation to fitness," she tells me.
"I'd always been interested in women's health but had never pursued it because I wasn't a mum."
Before setting up the business, Aimee obtained a qualification to train pre and post-natal mums.
"I sat down and put pen to paper and wrote down all the things I had been struggling with in relation to getting back to fitness," she says.
"Post-natal anxiety was something I struggled with, but I didn't actually realise at the time that I had it."
Aimee found it difficult to get out of the house and meet other mums after having her first child.
"There are lots of classes for babies which mums can go to but little for mums to do for themselves. That's why I started Bodyfit Mums," she explains.
The tailored fitness programme is aimed at mums before, during and after pregnancy and takes into account issues such as back pain, incontinence and more.
"I began taking very small groups after work at the gym. When I had Jack I decided to do it full-time and it just took off," Aimee says.
Bodyfit Mums now has groups in Portadown, Armagh, Lisburn and Belfast and partners with female experts in perinatal mental health, nutritional therapy, advanced physiotherapy and musculoskeletal physiotherapy.
Aimee takes two classes and mum-of-two Kerry Kearney, daughter of BBC broadcaster Wendy Austin, takes the others.
There are two six-week phases, the first open to all fitness levels, followed by a bootcamp, which is a mix of high-intensity training and other exercises designed to build strength and confidence.
"The programme is designed for any mum, not just those who have just had a baby," Aimee explains.
"We've had mums in their 40s whose kids are in school but who didn't do any exercise when they were babies.
"These mums are on the same path as someone with a young baby.
"It's not just a fitness class and I didn't necessarily want it to just be a fitness class.
"It's about understanding what happens to the female body before, during and after pregnancy.
"There are so many things which can affect how women can exercise during this time."
Week one is spent educating women about changes to their body and what happens to certain muscle groups during and after pregnancy.
"The biggest issue is that most women don't realise what their body has gone through in pregnancy," Aimee tells me.
"A lot of women are afraid to exercise during pregnancy and there is so much misinformation about it."
Aimee suffered pelvic floor issues after pregnancy, but her programme covers techniques on how to engage the core muscles and breathe properly, which can help.
"We spend a full day in early sessions learning techniques with tailored advice for mums who have had a section or prolapses," she says.
"Even those who have gone to fitness classes discover they have been doing a squat or lunge wrong.
"The classes are kept small enough to enable me to give tailored advice, but big enough for a sense of community."
Bodyfit Mums gets expert advice from Armagh-based nutritionist Claire Meakin.
"Claire specialises in creating an eating programme which relates to hormone issues, lack of sleep, breast-feeding and diary intolerance," Aimee explains.
"Lack of sleep and your nutritional habits can have such a big impact on the way that you feel after you have a baby."
With mums often confiding in Aimee and her team about mental health issues, Bodyfit Mums partners with perinatal mental health group We Are Pangs, which was founded in 2014 by Michelle Bradley to deal with post-natal anxiety and depression.
"I wanted to create a safe community where women can open up to other mums and express how they're feeling," Aimee says.
"Sometimes, just changing your diet can help. Part of the programme involves going for a walk every day for 15 minutes minimum. Very often, just talking to other mums and realising you're not the only one feeling that way can help and issues sort themselves out."
The most overwhelming part of running Bodyfit Mums is the feedback from those who have completed the programme.
"I'm always inundated with private messages from mums saying how much they were struggling before and how, just by giving them a bit of confidence in themselves, their mental health is improving," she adds.
"Women feel bad about spending time and money on themselves. We don't worry about spending £20 on a takeaway but (we do worry about) actually investing in ourselves and or health. Afterwards they realise it has a knock-on effect on their health and family."
For more information about Bodyfit Mums, visit bodyfitmums.co.uk. For details on We Are pangs, see wearepangs.com