Everybody Is Beautiful feat. @hotmilklingerie

Everybody is beautiful feat. @hotmilklingerie

img_0333

I am damn proud of my body and what it has achieved. I have grown two beautiful babies for 9 months during pregnancy, laboured and birthed them and breastfeed them both (still going with Winnie). The women’s body is amazing right?

I am a mumma to two darling little ones, Cruz and Winter Rose. I look at them everyday with proud eyes.  This is something I constantly have to remind myself, especially when my “inner mean girl” creeps into my mind faulting my body image every now and then. Now days I am pretty good at shaking her off quickly though. I don’t want my babies to watch their mumma constantly putting herself down and wasting her time doing so, especially not in front of them. Ever since I gave birth to Cruz I found a new respect and love for my body. I was blown away with what it went through to achieve motherhood. So I decided to go on a journey to find self love and inner peace. I no longer wanted to care about a number on the scales or a size on a dress. I wanted to treat it as if it my best friend with a kind heart and respect.

To me body love is about building a friendship with your body, giving it the respect it needs. Practicing mindfulness, giving it the attention it needs by nourishing it with good foods and plenty of water, resting it when it needs and moving your body accordingly to how it feels that day.

There is so much pressure as to what the perfect postpartum bod looks like. The pressure comes from our universe with social media, the shows we watch, glam magazines filled with models that have been done up for hours prior to the shoot. These models are beautiful in their own way, however there is so many different types of women that they should portray and we all have different body shapes, not just the certain body type they promote as the perfect woman. If they use a gorgeous curvier woman too, she is labeled as “plus size” what is that? Seriously she is just a another gorgeous woman doing her thing.

Social media can also have a positive impact on being yourself too and promoting body and self love. There is more people out their showing the real them. No filter and I love that! Keeping it raw and honest.

Being a new mumma is overwhelming at times and we don’t need that extra pressure from society to push us to want to look a certain way. We want to enjoy our babies and feel comfortable and confident doing it . I was introduced to Hot Milk Lingerie by Robyn from Yummy Mummy Lingerie. She told me about this amazing label and sent me some of their bras to try during my pregnancy and breastfeeding journey. I fell in love. I wore the “My Necessity – Nursing Bra” in nude and blush pink throughout my pregnancy. I wore these bras to bed, under my work uniform and pretty much every day haha. In fact I am wearing one right now haha. They are seamless and have super soft fabric which makes it perfect over the bump. I love wearing them when I was pregnant and I love wearing them now while breastfeeding. They have an easy access clip which makes it perfect for nursing your baby (especially when they are hungry NOW).

img_0415

Hot Milk Lingerie have also sent me the “My Necessity” bra in black, so I now own the whole collection. I am looking forward to purchasing and trying some more of their other styles in the near future. I highly recommend this style, especially if you are looking for a comfortable bra to wear in hospital.

I have also been wearing the “My everyday camisole” to bed at night. Its super comfortable with a built in bra and great for midnight feeds.

img_0407

Hot Milk are currently hosting a competition to win $500 worth of Hot Milk goodies. All you have to do is show the real you and share your postpartum body and be proud. hashtag #hotmilkrealwomen for more details click here. I love this idea. All about self love. Check out the hashtag to view all the beautiful women that have entered so far.

 

Winnie loves to hold on to the little bow when feeding so cute.

What is in my toddlers lunchbox? Feat. Australian Certified Organic.

What is in my toddlers lunchbox?

Feat. Australian Certified Organic.

Packing my toddlers lunch box daily can be a bit of a challenge as Cruz (nearly 2) can like something one day and then change his mind the next and say his famous “no” to what I have on offer. So I like to mix up his lunchbox with a few different yummy goodies and options but also like to offer him some of the same foods daily even if he doesn’t eat them because tomorrow he may haha.

The thing I have found with feeding Cruz is to keep his foods simple at lunch time, not make it to exotic when we are out and about on picnic dates. I offer him lots of different foods at home but when we are out I just want to give him something quick and easy as he is usually hungry and wants it “NOW daddy” (he calls me dad not mum haha cheeky).

When buying snacks and lunchbox goodies I have been doing my best to look for the Australian Organic Certification BUD logo on a majority of my foods I buy for the kiddies. Sometimes food will still say they are organic but aren’t legally certified.

… “The majority of organic products sold in Australia carry the Australian Certified Organic BUD Logo. You will see the BUD on products ranging from apples to baby foods, coffee to licorice, clothing and cosmetics.

The BUD Logo is displayed as a stamp of integrity, and is the only symbol that consumers widely recognise. The BUD represents everything that Australian organics is about – the growth and promise of spring, the sign of big things growing from the initial organic movement, and the strength and logic of nature and natural (biological and organic) systems in guiding our choices in life. The BUD reassures consumers that all the product ingredients have been certified to the Australian Certified Organic Standard and have met rigorous certification checks. It can only be used on packaging for products which have achieved certification through ACO’s certification scheme. Most importantly, the BUD represents Australia’s leading certification program – ACO – ensuring integrity of organic products in the marketplace for consumers.”

Referenced from https://aco.net.au/standard/australian-certified-organic/

Here are some of my simple lunchbox ideas I am currently packing for Cruz.

Raw Veggies & Fruit

I am currently not allowed to chop up any of these items (or a tantrum will occur). He must have a whole Apple/banana or a whole carrot. I have been loving the little red apples from our local organic shop as they are a great size for him. Plus they aren’t sprayed with all those nasties. Their carrots are so nice and sweet and bright orange to. These items are all great to keep in the lunch box or nappy bag for a quick snack, they aren’t to messy either. Strawberries have been great this season to. The last few weeks have been only $3.50 a punnet at Wray Organic (my local organic store). Blueberries are also cheaper this time of year to and great for the kiddies to snack on.

Popcorn

Obviously always watch your child when consuming popcorn but we have been loving the Cobs organic lightly salted popcorn I also make this myself sometimes in the popcorn machine. Cruzie never ever says no to popcorn haha.

A healthier version to crisps – Corn Chips

We love either the Woolies Macro original or spicy BBQ or the Thomas Chipmen Corn Chips lightly salted.

A good fashioned sandwich.

Cruzie has been loving turkey, spinach leaves and sauerkraut just depending on the day wether it’s cut into triangles or rectangles haha.

A sandwich or a wrap is great to pack into a cooler bag too. Always nice and fulfilling to. You can fill them with lots of different variations even just peanut butter if that what your toddler loves.

Mini homemade muffins or pancakes.

I love to create muffin or pancake recipes and hide in lots of fruit and veggies into them. Great little bite size health treats for our toddlers to snack on. Here is one of my favourite recipes for Cruz at the moment.

Zucchini and Banana Bites

.

1 small zucchini (raw)

1 banana

1 organic egg or chia egg

1 cup organic raw oats

1/2 cup organic almond milk or milk of choice

Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth.

Pour into mini muffin moulds.

Add in some fresh chopped strawberries or blueberries to the muffin if you wish.

Bake on 180 degrees in a preheated oven for 15-20minutes.

Can double the recipe and freeze.

For more information on the Australian Certified Organic BUD products check out their website or Instagram.

Website – https://aco.net.au

Instagram – http://instagram.com/australianorganic

For more toddler lunchbox ideas or snacks or recipes check out my Instagram page.

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/aliceinhealthyland/?hl=en

Thanks for reading.

Cruzies dinosaur cooler lunchbox from Chic Family Collection

Newborn Photoshoot – Celebrating our Winter Rose.

Photoshoot Captured by Jennifer Horner Photography

Hair by SarsHair Studio

Make up done by a sleep deprived mumma haha.

Gown by Eden Elizabeth Creative

Jennifer Horner is a stunning photographer from Brisbane, Queensland. She shoots maternity, newborn, family & children and motherhood sessions. I feel very lucky to have crossed paths with her. I met her during my maternity photoshoot, she was so down to earth and so easy to work with. Jennifer is an incredibly gifted woman and I am so blessed that she was able to capture some newborn photos of our darling Winter Rose.

 

Jennifer is extremely professional but so easy to get along with. To organise the newborn photoshoot she sends out an email with a questionnaire for the parents to fill out. Asking questions about what style/colours you would love for your newborns first photos. I think this is great because when I arrived at her studio it was filled with all the delightful props and colouring schemes we had spoke about previously. She was very happy to answer any of my queries I had in the lead up to the shoot and is extremely prompt at replying despite her busy schedule.

When arriving at Jennifer’s studio, greeting us with a big smile she was quick to offer us refreshments and make sure we were comfortable as possible. Jennifer had everything laid out ready to go. She is fantastic at connecting with her clients and makes you feel right at home instantly.

 

David and I choose to take a few quick images at the beginning of the shoot with Winter Rose and Cruz. Then just let Jennifer shoot Winter for the remaining of the time since it was all about celebrating her coming into the world. It was fascinating to watch Jennifer in her element. She was smiling throughout the whole photoshoot and was so calming and patient with our baby girl. You could just see it in her eyes that she was passionate about her job and absolutely loved what she did. Jennifer spoke to David and I throughout the session, telling us exactly what she was doing and how she would do it. She had a lovely assistant working with her that helped to capture and get Winter Rose in those adorable newborn positions for the photos. Jen was so patient when Winnie needed a rest and a top up feed too. I trusted her completely with my baby girl.

 I am so over the moon with how the images turned out and will be forever grateful that Jen has captured this special memory of our family and darling Winter Rose. We just brought our first family home to so I cannot wait to shower the walls in some of these treasured photos of our family.

 

 

Want more from Jennifer Horner?

Website – http://www.jenniferhornerphotography.com.au/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/JenniferHornerPhotography

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/jenniferhornerphotography/

 

Our first family portraits.

share me (62 of 92)

 

Winter Rose’s newborn photos.

Thank you for reading,

Alice xoxo

Tears and Tears by Brooke Meyer AKA @bouncingbackfrombirth

Tears and Tears

Written by Brooke Meyer from Bouncing Back From Birth.


 
I’m not going to sugar coat anything. The first night we brought our son home from the hospital there were tears – and tears. It is no coincidence to me that tear (as in cry) and tear (as in rip) share the same four letters.
 
There I was in the dead of winter sitting in excruciating pain breastfeeding at 3am for what seemed an eternity. It hurt to walk, it hurt to sit, my perineum throbbed and stung from post-partum bleeding. I was not O.K. with my second degree perineum tear. I begged the midwives during home visits, when will it get better? How can I make it better?
 
Give it time
It’s normal
Just push through
 
It is that last offering ‘just push through’ that inspired me to begin my journey into business – this business: Bouncing Back From Birth. In short, beautiful Mama’s and Mama’s-to-be, I don’t believe – even for a second – that anyone should ask you to ‘just push through’ your challenges. Over the past 2 years I’ve dedicated my time to finding solutions to support your bodies natural healing process and find comfort in those early weeks.
 
And, so that none of you ever have to push through or make do, here it is:
 
My Top 5 Products to Care for your Perineum Postpartum. #SaveMyVajayjay

 
The BodyICE Perineum Pad.

This lil’ slice of heaven get bonus points for versatility – it’s ability to be used as a warm AND cold compress means you get more bang for your buck and relief from discomfort. When heated you can fold into a V shape during pregnancy to relieve aches and pains from Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction/Pelvic Girdle Pain. Keep the heat going in labour and place directly onto the perineum. The warmth encourages the perineum to soften and stretch. It is an excellent solution for labouring Mama’s without access to a birthing pool or those who require foetal monitoring. Once your babe arrives refrigerate or freeze and apply to the perineum at 20 minute intervals to soothe your tender perineum. I guarantee the cool soft beads inside the Perineum Pad are infinitely more comfortable than a frozen condom.
 
A Peri Bottle.

The Peri Bottle is relatively unheard of here in Australia but our Sisters in North America have been embracing Peri Bottles for some time. It’s now accessible to you via Bouncing Back From Birth *high five*. One of the key recommendations from your care provider in managing your Perineum will be to keep the area clean and dry – this is to allow the area to heal and prevent infection. It’s not an easy feat with post partum bleeding! Fill your Peri Bottle with warm water and direct the flow over the perineal area as you wee, not only will the water take the sting out of urinating it will gently clean the area. Always very gently pat dry.
 
Postpartum Sitz Soak by The Hermosa Co.

Packed with magnesium rich bath salts, lavender, marshmallow root and calendula this highly concentrated Sitz Soak takes keeping the Perineal area clean and dry to a whole new level. Purposefully blended for the postpartum period, a Sitz Soak shouldn’t be confused with a Bath Soak (I’ve got those too!) Fill the bath to hip height and gently sit on your knees, allowing this divine handmade blend to soothe and heal. For Mama’s without a bath pair this Sitz Soak with the Peri Bottle above. Additional benefits include relaxation of tired muscles and improved circulation.
 
100% Pure Lavender Essential Oil by ECO.Aroma

So we all know about Lavender’s relaxation and stress reduction properties, but what about anti-microbial? This is a simple and effective way to keep the area clean and reduce your risk of infection while promoting healing. Essential Lavender Oil should never be taken internally, unless under the guidance of a professional and should always be diluted. Add up to 5 drops to a Sitz Bath or 5 drops per 500mls into a Peri Bottle.
 
Compression Wear.

At Bouncing Back From Birth we stock Solidea and SRC Health postpartum recovery compression wear. Both brands are TGA approved and offer medical grade even compression – your private heath provider may even provide a rebate, rock on! It’s absolutely imperative that if it’s compression wear that you are after that your chosen brand can provide a medical grade compression listing and is TGA approved as a medical device. If it’s not, you are simply not receiving the many benefits compression wear can bring such as increased muscle stimulation, reduced swelling and pain. Your compression wear can also support you in your c-section recovery or if you are experiencing Diastasis Recti.
 
 
And there you have it! Your light at the end of the tunnel. A big thank you to Alice for inviting me to share these products with you, if you have any questions about my full range or are after some personal recommendations please don’t hesitate to get in touch via email hello@bouncingbackfrombirth.com, Facebook, Instagram or carrier pigeon – what ever works for you!
 
All my very best for each and every one of you and your unique journey into motherhood and beyond.
 
Stay confident – You’ve got this!
 
Brooke x

The lovely Brooke has offered a discount code for my followers it is 15% off the full range from Monday 31st July until Thursday 16 August (one use per customer). Use LOVEALICE at the checkout.

Facebook – https://m.facebook.com/bouncingbackfrombirth

Instagram – http://instagram.com/bouncingbackfrombirth

Website – https://www.bouncingbackfrombirth.com/

The ins and outs of surviving the 4th Trimester – Shannon Stokes

The ins and outs of surviving the 4th Trimester

Written by Shannon Stokes AKA @mums_bubs_nutritionist



Since I will be experiencing my forth trimester soon and I have a lot of mumma followers that are pregnant, I have asked for some nutritional information and some basic survival technicques from naturopath Shannon Stokes from Mums and Bubs Nutrition Clinic. She is a mum herself to two littleys and has survived (just) the 4th trimester twice.


Take it away Shannon…

The journey to becoming pregnant is a magical one. Its either a ‘surprise’ I am here type scenario, a long awaited and joyous time. The journey itself is nuts! Pregnancy is a whole other kettle of fish, a completely natural yet unnatural experience. Getting pregnant, staying pregnant and just being pregnant is an insane journey, and that is just the beginning.

 

You are a mumma! Congratulations, baby is here you have been through a marathon of hurdles, a tonne of happy gas, 9 epidural attempts, a vacuum delivery, 12 different hands up your clacker at once, an episiotomy or 9th degree tear. You now have that little bundle of joy in your arms. Perhaps you are feeling those kooky love spell feelings straight away, or perhaps you think, oh jesus what have I done? All totally normal feelings. I remember thinking oh, he’s not very cute, in fact he is a bit strange looking and gee my vagina is killing…. me where are those frozen condoms at, all in the same breath! 

… All of that aside, baby is here and it’s a whirlwind few days in the beginning.

 
How does one survive through this sleep deprivation? The healing of the whole birth thing is one thing, but then perhaps breastfeeding is hurting like a bugger and you have grazed nipples or sterilizing a bottle seems to take forever and a day at 3am. You aren’t alone, this period is earth shatteringly exhausting, scary and exciting all rolled into one. Cue the 4th Trimester! So mumma, whilst we learn to look after this babe ( I am happy to leave that to the never ending advice from the mum tribe, in-laws and experts) I am here to help YOU make some tiny changes in your day to keep you thriving.

 

It starts with you and ends with you. Everything else in between is that tiny babies’. Upon your first morning wake up, (ok, so the first moment you get up for the day) refresh your self with a big glass of filtered water, and take a deep breath. That’s it for now. No matter what is happening, this is a must! Then tick it off daily as it is non-negotiable.

 

Below are some of my favourite 4th trimester survival guidelines for all new mums and even dads.

 

1. Do NOT stop your multi, infact this is a time to ensure your nutritional status is up with that of the very best it has ever been. Even if you aren’t breastfeeding.

2. Eat foods rich in good fats, think avocado, coconut oil, nuts seeds, oily fish such as sardines, salmon, qood quality extra virgin olive oil drizzled on eeeeeevvvverything.

3. Make sure you are having macronutrients with each meal and at least a palm size portion of protein at each meal. (macronutrients are the essential nutrients needed in large amounts to sustain energy and basic health. The 3 macros are Protein, Fats and Carbohydrates)

4. Take a quality probiotic daily

5. Don’t focus on trying to lose the baby weight, give yourself a break.

6. Ask for things, I wish I did this more with my first. Ask for help! (you can’t get away with asking for washing to be folded and home cooked meals to be dropped when they are 3.. dammit)! Even ask for a box of nappies to be dropped off. Use that ‘new mum’ thing a little..

7. Say no! if you aren’t up for visitors then say no, if you aren’t up for your cousins and nephews coming over and running a muck, just say no, but don’t feel guilty or think twice about it, they will understand…. And If they dont then.. meh… they will get over it.

8. Accept that some days are bad and some days are good, ebs and flows ladies, mountains and rivers.

9. Spend 5 minutes a day with your legs up the wall, relax those hips and lower back, take 10 deep breaths. (Again, non-negotiable)

10. Spend 10 minutes a day minimum outside in bright morning day light to ensure your body knows its day time and to help regulate those sleep /wake hormones

11. Don’t feel guilty, if you want to look at your phone while feeding bubs, do it. If you want to stay in bed, do it. If watching Oprah is your jam, do it, indulge a little and enjoy doing it. Stop feeling guilty. Guilty feelings radiate negative energy. If it has been a few weeks in a row then, maybe ask for a little help from a loved one and reach out if you are doing it tough… remember its all of those crazy hormones doing crazy things.

12. If you aren’t coping, reach out. You will be surprised to know that a lot of mothers find the fourth trimester insanely hard. No matter who you are, how together you think everyone is, its not the case. Speak up and your tribe will answer.  

 

Enjoy those long loving stares into your babies eyes, explore their features and be fascinated with the whole process.. this too shall pass and then all of a sudden it’s a Tuesday night and you are writing about how to cope through the 4th trimester to a friend in need. Everyone struggles and if you think that its all too much, please reach out. It does get easier and it does get better. Trust me, I never thought I would see past the sleep deprivation either.

Thank you so much Shannon for your time if you wish to contact Shannon or learn more about her, her details are as follows.

Website – 

http://www.mumsbubsnutritionist.com.au/

Instagram – 

http://instagram.com/mums_bubs_nutritionist

Thank you for reading x

Alice In Pregnancyland #32weeks-38weeks

Pregnancy Emotions. Pregnancy Eating. Pregnancy Exercise. Pregnancy Style.

I actually cannot believe I am typing the last blog of the Alice In Pregnancyland series. (for now haha) I remember chatting To Tahlia about collaborating with me for the #bumpstyle shoots and now here we are at 37 nearly 38 weeks finishing off the bump series. I have really loved building a friendship with Tahlia from @wyldefolkstudio_ while we did the photoshoots she is such a kind hearted person. I now have a friendship for life with her. Not to mention how blessed I was to collaborate with so many gorgeous labels and maternity brands. throughout the 9 months. A huge thank you to everyone that followed the series and continued to send through such beautiful feedback. Big Love to you all.


Pregnancy Emotions

The last few weeks I have been on a emotional roller coaster. I have been so excited to meet the little one, I have had mum guilt with my one on one time with Cruzie, I have cried happy tears and I have cried god knows what tears. To me having a good cry really does help me just let it all out, breathe and then let it go. All these new emotions feel like it’s my heart is expanding and I am ready to meet our new little one now.

I finished up work at 36 weeks. Best decision as I was going to work to 37 weeks, the heaviness of nursing and being on my feet got to me a little. So I am so glad to be on maternity leave. It feels so different not having to go to work again. 

I have been making the most of my time with Cruzie too. I have been taking him to singing and reading at the library, reading and extra snuggles at night time, park hangs and babycino dates. I am loving being off work with him again. 

Everyone has been asking how Cruzie has been? Does he know? I think he knows a change is coming. He won’t let anyone rub my belly but David, he pushes their hand away or pulls my top down. We brought him a little dolly and he has been kissing it, changing its nappy, pushing it around in a pram. It’s so cute to watch. I think he will be a great big brother. 

I keep telling myself that I need to slow down as my body is tired, but its true “nesting” is a real thing. I keep thinking of new things to do and clean. I forget to rest and I am on the go all day. Then I have the worse braxton hicks and back ache in the evening. So I should listen to all the advice and just put my feet up. Haha easier said than done though. Plus entertaining my little man. He sleeps well in the afternoon so I should just lay down then and watch some Offspring on tv. Maybe tomorrow? haha.

I went and seen my midwife for a 36 week scan and check up. The cheeky bubbas legs are sitting frog legged but the head is right down there. I keep thinking in my head that the baby will be here early because Cruz came early but I shouldn’t get my hopes up. I discussed my birth plan and what I wanted. My birth plan is to have a natural birth, hopefully not be on the monitor like last time, have a bath or hot shower, use essential oils and just have David in there. David is my rock and he really did help me through the breathing techniques last time. I do still feel anxious about the birth experience and labour but I am just trying not to think about it, what will be will be.

Pregnancy Eating.

With eating I have been a bit all over the place.

I wake up so hungry and have to eat before I go for a walk. For breakfast I normally have smoothies or protein pancakes. Thats its the I just swap it up between the two.

Then for snacks I have almonds, nuts, apple or a bliss ball. Sipping on so much raspberry leaf tea to ha.

Lunch is lots of greens and a source of protein or a chia sourdough with cheese, figs and cucumber sandwich or the same combo on rice cakes.

I am obsessed with Bolognese at the moment with zoodles (zucchini pasta), I am addicted love it. I also love white fish or salmon with greens for dinner, I have gone off all brown rice and sweet potato probably because my belly already fills so fall at night.

Cravings – organic milk chocolate from Flannerys Health Shop … YUM!!!!

Pregnancy Exercise

Walking 30-45minutes around the block (filled with hills) but very slowly as I get pelvic pressure. I put my podcast on and enjoy the metime I love it. Makes me feel better. I love doing about 20-40 push ups daily on the kitchen bench and 20 squats on the shower too. About 3 times a week I use my little 2kg weights and do a little arm workout too. If I have having an exhausting day I just don’t exercise at all. Maybe just do a stretch. The last week I have really slowed down, but thats okay, my body needs the rest.

Pregnancy Style

So besides loose boho styles and a few tight comfortable maternity dresses I have been living in maternity leggings and a jumper. Argh so comfy. I do love dressing up the bump, but I feel my wardrobe has become very limited and don’t really want to add to it till the baby is here. 

For this #bumpstye shoot I wore a dress I purchased for a hens day a few months back. Its called the FAWN WRAP DRESS and I brought it from the @theselfstyler online. Guess what they just restocked it too. You can buy it HERE. Its perfect to take you through your pregnancy journey and will be great for breastfeeding too. Its not actually a maternity dress but it should be its so comfortable.

Tahlia and I decided for the last bump photoshoot we would find a beautiful spot with long grass (secret location) and invite David and Cruz to come along for some family photos. We had a lovely afternoon watching the sunset and Tahlia came with her family too, so nice. I hope you all enjoy the photos.



Thank you again for reading. 

Big Love,

Alice (in healthyland) xoxo

Pregnancy and Fitness…who’s to judge?Written by Lauren Rose Kelly

Written by Lauren Rose Kelly

Let me set the scene. I am not one of the many ‘insta-fit-mums’ with the minimal body-fat, eight-pack and no cellulite. This is me. I am 30, pregnant with my second child and this is my pregnancy fitness journey. I will touch more on my pregnancy fitness with baby two (below).

Before I get into my journey I want to touch on something that is bothering me on this topic. I originally had intended this post to be about all the fitness options available for pregnant women, instead I began to feel (hormonally) overwhelmed by the key-board warriors ‘attacking’ mothers and mothers-to-be on social media because of their lack of education on the topic. I have the up-most respect for the ‘insta-fit-mums’. I admire their commitment to fitness, health and finding their new balance while pregnant and most of all I admire their strength when it comes to the ongoing (never ending) public criticism they receive about their pregnancy. Can anyone else see a common theme here…? THEIR. A pregnancy journey is exactly that. It is individual. Every woman and her body are different. Recently, I read with great disappointment an article in the Courier Mail on pregnancy ‘insta-fit-mum’ Chontel Duncan. I don’t know her at all, but I do understand her journey is hers and I don’t believe or see anything wrong with advocating for a healthy and fit Mum throughout her pregnancy. She did not say that a pregnant woman has to train like her but instead find a balance that is the right fit for THEIR pregnancy. Again that word their. Why is a woman’s pregnancy and her pregnancy fitness journey anybody else’s to comment on?

I recently saw another ‘insta-fit-mum’, Emily Skye announce her pregnancy on the social media platform to excitement from her followers to mixed criticism when she said she was off to do her ‘normal’ workout. The comments were ridiculous and uneducated. From one follower stating that pilates caused her to have a premature baby, to another stating to just walk because otherwise she will cause damage to her baby. I am baffled. Where has the education gone? Why are we still in a society where women are told to ‘sit and eat-for-two’. Why cant a woman train? with safe variations, like she was pre-pregnancy? I will leave you with that…

My Journey

Here is my journey. I have had several people ask me how much weight I have put on because I look ‘small’ for my gestation. Question, what is the size of a pregnant belly at 32 weeks? Exactly that there is no perfect size. For me I have never really carried weight around my stomach and found that an easier area to keep toned so both times now my stomach is low, compact and tight. As for weight this is something I have debated about sharing and I have decided not to. Whilst I check-in on my weight, my midwife and OB never have.

So what do I do to maintain my health and fitness throughout pregnancy. To some it may seem like ‘too-much’, but this is MY journey and I am sharing it to help educate women that keeping up your fitness and health throughout pregnancy can and will benefit you. Besides the intensity and modifying exercises throughout each trimester I have ben doing reformer and mat pilates two to three times a week and F45 two to four times a week depending on how I am feeling. I also chase after a 12kg, nearly two year old and puppy who love long walks and park play.

Pilates is something I have always been passionate and addicted to especially as my recovery with Jack was relatively easy made thanks to this fitness revolution. This time I have a reformer at home making it convenient to exercise before Jack wakes without having to go anywhere. F45, especially as I have entered into my third trimester, has been a lifesaver. The motivation, support (physical and mental) the program provides me is exactly what I have needed, especially on the cooler winter mornings. I love doing a 5am workout, coming home and preparing things for the day and knowing my workout is done.

Mentally, emotionally and hormonally this is my fitness regime, that is supported and monitored with my OB and allied health professionals, which works well for me and my pregnancy.


So without professional fitness qualifications here are my TIPS for your Pregnancy and Post-Partum Journey.

Check out  – You want real advice check out UB Mumma for professional health and fitness advice.

Don’t judge – don’t judge the ‘insta-fit-mums’ they are humans like you and me and not bulletproof.

Stop comparing – Don’t follow/stalk/screenshot/ postpartum fitness images and sites if it won’t benefit you. Guess what just like your pregnancy journey your post-partum journey is yours as well.

Originally posted on www.hunterandrose.net

 

lauren kelly.jpg
Lauren Rose Kelly