Fit, Fun and Fabulous Inspiring Mama Interview Series – Louise M
A few days ago I put it out there that I’d love to interview Active fit mamas that could help empower and motivate other women in their fit, fun, fabulous motherhood journey.
And I received this gorgeous email from a Louise who happened to be a customer… her story is so inspiring and I’m so excited to start this interview series with her.
Please read her whole story and at the end there are some questions I asked her what motivates her, inspire her and what tips she could give to other women for a healthy pregnancy and motherhood journey.. Hope you enjoy as much as I did!!
“My pregnancy was perfect. I had no sickness, aches etc. Even the week prior to the due date, people could not believe I was pregnant. In fact, my hubby met up with an old acquaintance of his, whom I had never met, and when they arrived at our house after a couple of drinks out, his friend initially thought I was hubbys sister, because he knew the wife was pregnant, and he didn’t think I looked pregnant at all!
I am a healthy and fit person. Not super thin. Healthy. In fact, up until around 10 years ago, I was much larger, 120kgs and a size 22-24. Now, I am a 10-12 and have been since I lost the weight. No radical diets, just a change attitude to food and living.
When, during my pregnancy, my regular gym clothes did not quite fit the bump, I searched for maternity gym clothes. And was amazed to find such a shortage, until I came across Pregfit. I purchased 3 pairs of the capri tights and 3 tanks. 1 x yoga and 2 x Training for Two. Until the day prior to my pregnancy I wore these outfits every morning to the gym, and averaged 5-6 days a week. If I had not found your site, I may have felt a little less comfortable at the gym, and did not want to wear tracky dacks and hubbys oversized t-shirt!
I felt proud of my bump and my quest to be healthy for me and my bub.
My obstetrician was amazed throughout the whole pregnancy that I was his “model client” as I was hassle free and healthy. After birth, he commented that went through labour like a woman in her 20’s. Nice. The staff at the hospital were amazed during our 4 day stay, that we were again hassle free. Perfect baby, perfect breastfeeding. In fact one nurse commented that we were so stress free, that when the staff felt stressed, they would come into our room, as it was so peaceful. When the paediatrician was filling in the health card vitals for Montana, he started filling in each section, then said “bugger it, I am just going to write “perfect” to cover everything on the list. My obstetrician said the paediatrician whom he knows well, Has never don’t that before. And these 2 guys are considered the top of their field in SA.
Anyway, I know I probably just sound like another proud Mum, but the above comments were ongoing and genuine. When one nurse asked what did I do during my pregnancy, I said I stayed fit, didn’t stress and didn’t read a million books etc telling you what to do and what to expect. Listen to your body and bub. That’s all.
Pregfit allowed me to do all this.
I have attached a few photos.
Thanks for reading my email and I hope to hear back from you.
What did you do when you felt like you didn’t want to train or go to the gym? What was your mindset like to keep you going?
If I didn’t want to go to the gym (which wasn’t often, but sometimes the bed would try to lure me in!) I would think about maintaining a healthy mind, body and soul for the bub. And myself. I focussed on being in the best possible shape to enjoy my pregnancy and future with my bub (we didn’t find out the sex prior to delivery). My bub inspired me. I also didn’t want to return to being 120kgs, and knowing what its like to be heavily overweight, I made sure pregnancy didn’t add on too many additional kgs.
What are your plans now that bub is born in regards of your health and fitness?
I would like to start exercising again ASAP, but involving Montana when I can. I have purchased a ErgoBaby 360 carrier to take Montana on long walks and I may even try some exercises with her attached to me! I have also chosen a gym with an excellent crèche facilities, a swim program from 6 months and a yoga class (never done yoga before) which is for mums and bubs. I want my daughter to have a healthy attitude towards exercise, but again, not over the top!
Some tips for the women out there wanting to keep fit and healthy?
Advice to other women, is to not listen to other people, what you should and should not be doing during your pregnancy. Outside of pregnancy and during, never diet! Know what sort of foods you like and find healthier alternatives. Ie In my “big “days, crisp chips was my demon. So I found pretzels as an alternative. I could eat loads of them if I wanted to and they only had a couple of grams of fat, instead of 30+! Listen to your body and mind. And bub. You know when you are being healthy. Everything in moderation. Wear fabulous Pregfit clothing, so you can feel good about your body whilst exercising. Those capri pants and the tanks are great for looking good!
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