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Yummy Mummies: Fitness, health, and self-love (Jessica | Life Balanced)

I want to clear the air about something: There’s no such thing as getting ‘back into pre-baby shape’.

Why, you ask? Because your body will never be exactly the same as it was before, after having carried a child. YOU won’t be the same. For the rest of your life, your time, your patience, your energy, and your heart will belong, in large part, to someone else.

But, don’t despair! I’m NOT here to tell you that you’ll never look or feel great again. In fact, I’m here to tell you the EXACT opposite. I’m here to tell you the story of how life AFTER baby can be even BETTER than it was before, both physically and emotionally.

Yummy Mummies: Finding time and motivation (Cecilia | a working mama)

I gave birth to my beautiful baby girl, Lana, 8 months ago. I had an easy labour compared to the average, but a not-so-easy birth! Following a long induced labour with no pain relief for the first five hours of active labour, my baby just did not want to come out; so I had an epidural for the next three hours, which led to an unplanned C-section one and a half hours after that! It’s incredible how you never forget your labour story. Every time I tell the story, I feel the pain I went through – yikes! Nothing really does prepare you for child birth …

A week after Lana was born, I had my routine check-up with the doctor. She taught me and my husband (who was rather freaked out!) how to check the abdominal separation that had occurred during pregnancy. Now, I don’t know about you, but I was rather surprised to have learned that over 9 months, my abs had separated 3cm!

Guest series: My positive birth story #19 – Hannah (The Peaceful Mama) part 3

Today, we come full circle, with the third and final birth story from Hannah (the Peaceful Mama) for the last instalment in the series. Hannah has three beautiful children, and each of her birth stories has been different, despite there being similarities in the approach to all three labours. I’m pleased to share her little girl’s birth story with you to close out this series, which has had a wonderful reception from mummy bloggers who’ve shared and read.

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Eden’s birth

Eden is my third baby, my only girl, and my only Australian born; so, not only is she a bit special, but a bit spoilt! There is a five year age gap between her and my next child, and both brothers just dote on her. As you have read previously in thi series, we gave birth to the two boys (Dylan and Jaxon) in London, where I lived and ran a doula and nanny consultancy. They were both born in water; however, our second was a planned home birth – which ended up being a free birth – since the midwives and doula didn’t arrive in time!

I really enjoyed water for use in pain in labour, and I had invested in a birthing pool for my second
born at home (I had had a water birth in a birthing suite in London for my first). So, in many ways, I was looking
forward to the labour and birth because the warm water so alleviated my pain and discomfort in my hips
and back.

Yummy Mummies: New year, new baby, new you! (Taylor | InstaMum)

Taylor is a fitness-oriented mum of one little girl, who I “met” on Instagram. She enjoys exercising, both alone and with her daughter, and I’m happy she decided to share a little bit about her fitness journey in this series.

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So, it’s a new year and you have a new baby at home, which for some of us may mean a new YOU. Not in the way of becoming a different person or losing who you used to be. But by making you a better you. For the next eighteen years, maybe more for some of us, every decision you make will no longer just affect you, but also your child. You now have this precious bundle of joy, and all you can think about is making sure they are safe, healthy and loved. Three things that many of us moms want for ourselves. So, you’re looking at that beautiful, innocent child that you have brought into this world and thinking: How can I give you those three things? You change.

Yummy Mummies: Exercise and fitness during pregnancy & beyond

Welcome to a new guest series! Exercise and a certain level of fitness helps to make pregnancy easier. As a lifelong dancer (hobby, not profession), I was always reasonably fit; but I danced for joy, not fitness, and fitness didn’t really preoccupy me much. During my pregnancy, walking helped to keep me mobile, and stretches helped me maintain the majority of my pre-pregnancy flexibility. But, once the SPD (symphysis pubis dysfunction) set in, even walking became a struggle.

Guest series: My positive birth story #6 – Hannah (The Peaceful Mama) part 2

This week, we return to Hannah, the Peaceful Mama. Hannah has three beautiful children, and three fantastic birth stories! Today, I’m sharing the story of her second birth with you.

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Jaxon’s birth

My pregnancy with Jaxon was a little different to my first. Anyone with a toddler would understand. I miscarried at 11 weeks in between these two, and so my second boy was due two years and two months after my first boy, Dylan.

This time, I was a huge fan of the water birth, having seen it relieve my pain so well in the first birth, and not needing any other form of pain relief than heated water and massage. So I bought a birthing pool and planned for a home birth. Having gone through birth 1 with my husband, he could understand the process better now and was okay with a home birth. In the UK and Australia, if you have a home birth, you always have two midwives anyway, and must have ambulance cover in case anything goes wrong.

Guest series: My positive birth story #4 – Jess (Nora & Co.)

This week’s story comes from Jess, from Nora & Co.. Jess has a beautiful family, including two kids, a dog, and an other half. Her birth story is inspiring, and shows just how important mind over matter is at times like during labour!

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Woody’s birth story

 

I was secretly, completely anxious about giving birth for a second time. My labour and birth with Nora – although very medicalised with an induction, drips and an epidural – was so straightforward and completely complication free. I worried that this time I wouldn’t be so lucky and what if something went wrong. I also knew that, because Nora arrived pretty quickly, the chance of me having time for an epidural this time around was slim. That’s when I knew I needed to do something to take control of my labour process and allow my body to do what it’s designed to. I’ve previously blogged about the natal hypnotherapy session I attended. Hypnotherapy is supposed to help make you feel more prepared and less scared of giving birth by equipping you with a set of skills to help you control your pain, relax, and ultimately enhance your labour experience. After attending the full day workshop, I listened to my relaxation tracks as often as possible and faced the thought of labour head-on with a positive mind. I could do this!

Blogtober 2017 | Day 9 – Ice-cream

I didn’t really have cravings during my pregnancy, but I did eat my fair share of ice-cream! I have a sweet tooth, and it got a whole lot sweeter …