So pre baby. I was fit, ran my butt off 5 mornings a week before work and 5 out of 7 days was on a strict diet (weekends, especially Sunday I ate what I wanted). In previous posts I have mentioned I ran to help my mental health as I was going through a tough time. I really did think it was helping as it took my mind of things but looking back at that time I now see I was obsessed and I became far too skinny.
This all changed when I met Tom. He told me how beautiful I was every day and it didn’t take me long to stack on the much needed kilos😂.
Then I fell pregnant. I felt sick fairly quickly so the amount of exercise reduced significantly. It was hard, all the changes that my body went through, all the things I had obsessed and had control over suddenly went out the window. A lot of the time I would need heavy meals to stop sugar lows to just make me feel ok. It took me awhile to comes to terms with it all. But my body knew what it was doing and I had to learn to trust it. It knew what needed to happen in order for our baby to grow healthily.
Even though my exercise reduced I still tried really hard to walk every now and then. It was advised to do 30 minutes of exercise and keep active during pregnancy. Some days it felt impossible especially with my low iron which I didn’t realise I had until late in the pregnancy. I always felt better though, once I started walking whether it be at the gym or along the beach. It is so important to keep moving even when you don’t feel like it especially late in pregnancy and it’s a good way to help you sleep. Through my own research Iv learnt when you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body. It helps reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
Then Harry came along. I’m not going to lie it has been a struggle coming to terms with the changes my body went through, as it is for any mum. My eating habits changed and that has been hard to shift, I got addicted to sugar as it helped when I felt sick so that has been one of my biggest challenges. I still crave sugar in the morning and at night after dinner. I love food and need a good nutritious diet while breast feeding Harry.
After recovering from my C section my mum offered to have Harry a couple of times a week while I went to the gym. Yeah I know what you’re thinking, that’s what we all feel like after waking up to a hungry baby 7 times a night but I can honestly say it helped me get through the day. My best days are when I start the day with exercise no matter how little sleep I’ve had. Recently I started Barre classes at 6am before Tom goes to work just a couple of times a week. I really encourage any new mum just to start something. I am no expert I just know exercise has helped me in so many ways. I know the feeling of thinking “what’s the point, I’m too far gone” but you need to start somewhere and I can’t explain how much better you will feel once you start. I’m comfortable now with not obsessing over my weight and what I eat but rather enjoying food and looking after my body through a balanced diet and a healthy amount of exercise.
I live in active wear especially during the week. I find it most comfortable while I’m still trying to shift some of my baby weight. I stumbled across Milk & Love when I was searching for lactation cookies. Like seriously …..what more could you ask for?? Eating cookies while boosting your milk supply. They had the most amazing white choc chip macadamia cookies which didn’t last long at all – seriously delicious!! I then found their breastfeeding active wear range. I had to try it! I was not disappointed. Milk & Love Breastfeeding Activewear is supportive and comfortable no matter what I’m doing so perfect for every day wear or when I’m doing my barre classes. Pictured is their sports bra with a racerback design, adjustable hook and eye closure (3 rows) Easy drop-down cup to allow for breastfeeding. Check out their full range of maternity and breastfeeding active wear here – www.milkandlove.com.au get moving even a 20 minute walk to start. Look and feel amazing while you do it 😊
Ps. Be sure to try their lactation cookies!!!😍