🔈 L I V E 🔈
WE ARE LIVE! Booking is now open for our brand new event, FIT4LIFE MAMA! To celebrate, we are giving away TWO free tickets! You know what’s coming next, don’t you? To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is:
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Early bird booking discount open until next Monday at midday.
🌻 L I F E S T Y L E 🌻
I did not expect to be up the duff at 40. I mean I really really did not. But here I am, 2 months into my 40s, coming up to 16 weeks pregnant, donning dungarees like my 18 year old self once did and feeling great. I did feel nauseous but managed that through eating little (a lot) and often and I most definitely felt tired! Pregnancy naps are the one! BUT not as nauseous as I felt with Jasmine and not half as tired as I felt with Livi - when I was only 27. The best part (and I don’t want to speak too soon) but I'm not riddled with cellulite (yet) like I was in both previous pregnancies. I definitely had way too much of the cottage cheese effect on my thighs with Jasmine as early on as now. I think the main difference with this pregnancy is my lifestyle. I am on my feet all day, unlike with Liv and Jasmine, when I worked at Microsoft and was sat on my butt for most of the day and we definitely get out more as a family, since moving to Cheltenham. To be honest, my first pregnancy was my worst and I know why. I gave up the gym completely and completely over-ate. I was a slug. 🐌 With Jasmine, I ate well overall and trained a lot but still a little too over indulgent. Sometimes it's hard to switch off that little devil voice in your head that's saying, "Go onnnn! Eat it! You are pregnant after all!" This time, I'm still indulging, like I usually do anyway but I'm consciously trying not to go too overboard as I need to return to work a little quicker than any of my two previous pregnancies - possibly the ONLY downside to being self-employed and doing what you love… no 6 months on full pay mat leave with Microsoft plus the extra 3 months SMP. As I've already found with pregnancy, the fitter, stronger and healthier you are going into it, the speedier your recovery after the main event. Plus, I'm going to need more energy this time around with the crazy ratbag that is Jasmine. :) The point to my post is - if you’re a first time ‘older’ mum, don’t panic. Look after yourself, move more and eat well because touch wood, this has been my easiest pregnancy so far. 💪🏼 (pic taken in Liv’s bedroom- the lighting was better! 🙊)
🤰🏻MUMMY MOT🤰🏻 This is no ordinary antenatal workshop! This day long workshop will teach you how to keep yourself fit and healthy, from the inside out, throughout your pregnancy and beyond. Kate Dimmer, Registered Nutritionist & Nutritional Therapist, will teach you how to eat for optimal health throughout your pregnancy (including coping with carb cravings during that nauseating first trimester) and how to continue to nourish your body postpartum, to boost your immune system and to ensure that you’re able to get through the day on very little sleep! Louise Rahmanou, Registered Women's Health Physiotherapist, will teach you how to take care of your pelvic floor and core both during pregnancy and postpartum, including addressing diastasis recti (commonly known as ab separation) with some practical pelvic floor re-training and strengthening exercises. You will learn why it is vital that you understand that it is common to leak postpartum but it is not normal and certainly not something that you have to live with! Finally, Nicki Ryder, Qualified Personal Trainer with extended training in Pregnancy & Postpartum Fitness, will educate you on exercise both during pregnancy and postpartum; what is safe, what should be avoided, why glute health is paramount and as if that’s not enough, you will spend the last 30 minutes of the day practicing exercises that are safe throughout all stages of your journey, so that you are armed with knowledge on how to do them from home. This workshop isn’t just for mamas-to-be, it’s also for new mums or any mum struggling with their nutrition, pelvic floor and fitness. The value of all of this is £300! But we’re giving you MORE! You will be provided with refreshments on arrival, enjoy a nutritious lunch, take away a fabulous goody bag and the presenters will be providing you with heaps more to takeaway, so that you don’t need to worry about remembering what you’ve learned throughout the day because “baby brain”! The price to attend is just £90 per person and we are offering a 10% early-bird booking discount until October 5th. For more info & to be the first to be notified when booking goes live, go to the link in my bio.
🐡 B L O W F I S H 🐡
Here is me at 15 weeks pregnant – feeling more like a blowfish! Following on from my last post about pregnancy weight gain, which I am so glad meant so much to many of you, there is a little more that I'd like to say about the matter. According to two different online pregnancy weight gain calculators, I have put on nearly double the highest amount recommended for where I am in my pregnancy. Now before you ask why I'm weighing myself, it's for my job - it's insightful for me and enables me to share my views with you. To put it in numbers, by the end of my first trimester, I should have put on no more than 4lbs. 4lbs in 13 weeks of pregnancy? I'm no professional in the pregnancy world but that seems crazy to me. And that's 4lbs maximum. If you were already overweight, then this figure should be nearer to one pound! I mean, I can 💩 that out! I am convinced that these calculators were created by men! Like the last post, I understand 'the why' on the whole - pregnancy isn't an excuse to eat for two or put on excessive amounts of weight but equally, in that first trimester, there are so many other factors that come into play. The only way for me to get through the nausea was to eat regularly. I chose healthy snacks to eat between clients but those alone must have added at least another 800kcals to my usual daily intake. Last week is the only week I didn't train but am back training again tomorrow. I fully expect to lose muscle mass (boo hoo) and gain fat (double boo hoo) but I am most certainly not going to be a slave to those recommended numbers. I wasn't with Jasmine and I wont be this time around either. With Jasmine, I put on nearly a stone more than the highest of the recommended amounts but I strength trained until I was 36 weeks pregnant and only stopped because my time was consumed with building furniture and carrying boxes upstairs and unpacking the entire the house, as we'd just moved to Cheltenham. So, for anyone that's panicking about weight gain, please try not to. Listen to the advice of your midwife as they'll know better than an online calculator! Be cautious by all means but remember to enjoy the journey! ❤️ #15weekspregnant
🤰🏻W E I G H T 🤰🏻 Weight gain during pregnancy - let's talk about it. Interestingly, I wanted to write about this anyway, but the timing of this is even more pertinent with the news, yesterday, that some midwives are calling for a pregnancy weight gain target. I understand THE WHY, of course I do, I'd be in the wrong job if I didn't. There are all of the obvious health benefits and the associated risks if someone, particularly someone who was already overweight to start with, continues to put on an excessive amount of weight during pregnancy. I put on a whopping 62lbs with my first and was plagued with back ache, heartburn, indigestion and water retention that was so bad, it took my size 6.5 feet to a size 8! I was very uncomfortable and I had been slim to start off with. BUT! I'm not convinced that weighing a pregnant woman throughout her pregnancy is the right approach. Aren't we anxious and hormonal enough as it is? That said, if you are overweight going into pregnancy, there is no reason why you can't lose fat whilst being pregnant - by moving more and eating less - NOT UNDEReating, just reducing your portion sizes so that you're not OVEReating. Generally, when you meet with your midwife, she will give you leaflets on smoking cessation if you smoke, advice on drinking alcohol, pelvic floor exercises and info about eating well and weight gain etc. What I would love, is for midwives to be provided with a sample 7 day meal planner, created by a qualified nutritionist, that they can give to mums-to-be (or indeed anyone), to take away the mental battle of trying to work out what a healthy balanced diet is - not everyone knows and with all the conflicting info out there, it's very confusing. Therefore, a midwife could advise about the risks of being overweight, as they already do today, but be able to leave something much more tangible to really help a mum-to-be who hasn’t a clue where to start. I’m just not up for scaremongering – however true the statistics may be. As a ‘geriatric mum,’ I experience my own set of scaremongering in pregnancy and all it does it make me feel anxious, when I should be enjoying the journey. What’s your opinion? #14weekspregnant
💚 C O M P L E T E 💚
I’d like to say a little something about gender preference in pregnancy. Since announcing our pregnancy, we’ve had all the usual comments about having a boy “for James” or to “balance things out a little” and that’s fine, I don’t personally think that way but I understand that some people do and it’s just a bit of banter too. But I’ve also had a few people say that a son would be the making of me... someone to look after me... girls go to their dads, boys go to the mums... Urgh! STOP! 🛑 My firstborn, Olivia, was the making of me 12.5 years ago! She changed me in so many ways and made my life complete. She filled a hole that I didn’t even know was there. SHE was the making of me - she gave me reason, perspective and ambition. Furthermore, (this is just my personal opinion) you do not have children, male or female, so that they grow up and take care of you. That’s not their job. Livi is under strict instructions to live her life to the fullest and never put her life on hold for me. Now of course, you may choose to want to look after your folks as they get older but it’s your choice - not your duty. And as for girls going to their dads and boys going to their mums, I think both Livi’s dad and James (Daddy to Jasmine and bump) would agree that they’re both complete mummy’s girls through and through. I don’t know why - maybe it’s because I’m a very present mummy, I’m active with them, I’m pretty good fun and I let them eat more chocolate than their dads do! 🙈🤣 I’m no pushover though - they’ve got the fear too! So, on that note... for those of you that don’t know, there is another baby girl en route! 💖💖💖 We couldn’t be happier! I wanted another girl - I’ve always wanted 3 girls and Liv wanted another baby sister as she already has two little brothers at her dad’s. 😊 Plus, I am way too old to be challenged now! Just give me what I know! 🤣 I have actually told James that this one is going to have to be a Daddy’s Girl because I’ve got nothing left in the tank! 🤣 But I reckon this one’s just gonna slot nicely into the little Girl Gang we’ve already got going on! #noboysallowed 👯♀️👯♀️ #mygirls #girlgang #motherofdaughters #genderpreference