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We all have different style for everything in life, different values, different goals, but we all do have something in common. We all want to be healthy & happy.
This month has been published the Anual Report of Women's Health for 2014 - you can read the Report HERE and Jenny Burrell, pre and post natal expert and founder of Burrell Education has been invited on ITV news to talk about problems with post natal obesity.
It's been said that pregnant women have to have more support during the pregnancy, to give them the right information about how to eat and what to eat and also to continue to keep active lifestyle to stop excessive weight gain as that can lead to problems with losing weight after the delivery of the baby.
I know I am maybe not the right example as I knew what to do, as I didn't get to my pre pregnancy jeans 2 weeks after birht and my eating went totally out of control because during my both pregnancies I didn't see myself as a fitness professional, I saw myself as a very vulnerable woman. I needed someone to guide me and to control that weight gain. Many of you will straight away disagree with controling that gain during this period, but experiencing myself I don't see the point not trying to prevent it if possible. In Croatia, where I am coming from, every pregnant woman is looked after by the doctor and if they notice their excessive weight gain during pregnancy they are put on a special food plan (healthy eating) and they are closely monitored all the time. Obviously this is not a joke anymore and healthy professionals see that weight is not just a problem for itself, it is very connected with unhealthy eating, lack of exercise, very possible depression and anxiety and other illnesses which you can read in the resport.
Pregnancy for me was not a pleasant experience. Everything about it was extremly difficult and probably due to obvious physical changes my willingness to stay healthy wasn't important anymore. Weird enough. I kept telling to myself "You will lose it after baby is born". I was eating all wrong foods, very high sugar content and in general was overeating all the time. When both babies came, suddenly dealing with all of the changes of becoming a mum, or being a mum of 2, you have no time for yourself and the last thing you want to do it to think about how PROPERLY AND HEALTHY to lose weight. Then you stop eating, which leads to sugar levels dropping low that you need a sugar fix immidatelly and you grab a cake, pastry, muffin or chocolate to make you feel better. Then you grab a coffee to keep you awake and then you forget to eat and then it's already time for dinner and making food for kids. You spend 15-30 min preparing food for kids, feed them quickly and you just eating what is left over on their plates, thinking you had a dinner yourself. Quickly rushing to put kids to bed and totally exhausted you eat something quickly and probably end up eating box of chocolate or favorite biscuits OR the whole cheese cake, as sugar will comfort you and give you pleasant feeling for all that hard work you put in every single day. BUT that leads to UNNOURISHED, EXHAUSTED AND HUNGRY body that haven't had the fuel to keep up with all that hard work. That leads you to depression, anxiety, digestion problems, stress, no energy EVER and then we are surprised how we still have tones of weight to lose.
I am now happy that I am not the ideal example of snaping back to pre-pregnancy weight due to few reasons:
- Now I can totally relate to women who struggle with weight loss, confidence loss and disliking their body
- Experiencing depression and feelings of darkness and isolation made me widen up my understanding of the importance of mental health
- Experiencing what THE RIGHT FOODS do to you IS NOTHING WHAT ANY EXERCISE CAN DO TO YOUR BODY
- FOOD IS NUMBER 1 YOU NEED TO TACKLE. From food I have depression, no energy, still some weight to lose, not able to look after myself and kids on the way how I want to
- You can see and learn from my experience that you as a new mum HAVE TO LOOK AFTER YOURSELF FIRST! Everything and everyone can wait! You need to fuel your body with healthy meals, having plenty of water, even then sleep deprivation is easier to handle.
HOW YOU CAN TACKLE and HELP YOURSELF with your wanted weight loss:
- PLANNING AND PREPARATION of weekly meals
- If you are busy and having kids - ONLINE SHOP is the way forward
- If you don't know what type of food to follow CLEAN EATING is the way forward, but if that doesn't suit you, do it in the moderation. You have a plenty of websites with recipe books or you can FOLLOW BODY COACH on instagram and read his great blog how to plan and prepare 'like a boss'. He also posts lots of short videos how to make quick meals, so I highly recommend him. Check him out!
- EXERCISE is crucial to change your body shape and to tone up your body. You will feel much more confident after every completed workout and working out is always recommended to mums as it's also time for social time! I recommend 3-4 times a week of half an hour sessions can make a big difference if you are consistent.
IMPORTANT: If you are a new mum and you would like to get fit as quick as you can after your 6-10 week GP check, I would say think about your body. Give it time to your core, back, pelvic floor to HEAL and strenghten up after all that hard work that has been put through of growing baby inside and the damage that birth did to your body. There is no rush to get back to running, there is no rush to get jumping around, because so important PELVIC FLOOR will truly THANK YOU if you take your time.
In that report that you have to read it says that 1 in 5 women experiencing urinary incontinence 10 years after birth!! There is no enough health professionals to keep reminding us how much our health is more important then our physical look! If you wet yourself while you cough and you have 2 hours to travel home to change, I bet you will think you needed to squeeze that pelvic floor sooner and more often!
In Weight Loss After Birth the most important is regular and healthy meals and enough water intake. Exercise and nutrition will be the winning combination of fueling your body and keeping your body healthy and functional. If you are a new mum, find the right fitness professional to help you improve your pelvic floor, core and back strenght.
If you would like to attend PILATES class for mums (suitable for women 6 weeks after vaginal delivery and 10 weeks after C section) and TONING CLASS for mums (suitable for mums 4 months after birth) you can sign up for a new block starting on the 4th of January or just contact me by email email@example.com
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