Many people have asked me how to get back into shape after growing a little person in your belly for over 9 months. Good question, ladies! I’ll be honest, it was much easier with our first child and the battle with the bulge post baby 2 has been real. Yip, I repeat, the struggle is REAL! I am a strong believer in maintaining fitness and strength throughout your pregnancy. And the whole eating for two myth? Well, exactly that! It’s a myth. Myth debunked – you do NOT need to eat for two. You need to eat healthily for the sake of you and your baby. And the strength and fitness – you’ll DEFINITELY need all your muscles when you’re postpartum and carrying a newborn in a carseat up and down strairs with a baby bag in tow … and when you have a toddler holding onto your leg and begging to be picked up simultaneously? Sister, those Olympic weighlifters have nothing on you.
With baby one, I trained mostly with my incredible Pilates instructor, William Hall (AKA William the Torturer) and he helped me maintain my strength throughout. I trained up to the end (well, sort of – I think I stopped at 38 weeks) and with baby two, I trained with Tammy Rawstron for a few sessions of Fit Mama at Virgin Active. I picked up 16 kilos with my first pregnancy, managed to loose 14 kilos and then gained 19 kilos with the second pregnancy and am still working on the last 5 kilos. I’ll be honest, gym is not on my priority list with two little people and a relatively busy work schedule (and a household and a husband), but I’ve pushed it up my list as I realise that it’s not a selfish investment at all. I need to be as fit and healthy as possible to be the best possible mom and wife I can be. And being fit also helps when the baby blues start raising it’s ugly head – I’ll tackle this topic too in our subsequent posts.
So, I’ll be embarking on a fitness journey and would love to share this with you all. Share your fitness secrets and health tips below and let’s all get ready for summer together. Because summer bodies are made in winter 😉
Lots of love and light,
Modern Mommy Jo xx