Summer has arrived and more than ever we’re bombarded with images of perfect postpartum bodies and articles about loosing baby weight in the media.
While there’s nothing wrong with longing to feel fit and strong again, holding on to be belief that our bodies need to somehow “bounce back”, is for most of us unrealistic, not to say dangerous. Find out my top tips for loving and caring for your postnatal body.
Probably the most feared macronutrient out there, fat doesn't deserve the bad rap it has received over the years. Fat is in fact an essential part of a healthy diet, it gives us energy, it helps us feel full and keep us from overeating. It's time we stop fearing fat and learn more about it, and no I’m not just going to tell you the stuff you’ve heard a million times, such as “fat from fish is good” (completely true) and “saturated fat is bad” (very far from always true). So, when you’re done reading this, you may have an entirely different perspective on fat, and I do hope you decide to give fat a chance!
Shortening your overstrechted abdominal muscles BEFORE resuming exercise is extremely important, and it plays a crucial role in your postpartum recovery process. In short, the muscles in your belly need to be shortened before they can be strengthened.
Our gut is of particular interest to scientists the world-over since it contains 99% of all microorganisms that populate our body, internally and externally. But the importance and influence of this fascinating microscopic world that inhabits us has only recently begun to be studied in more depth.
Researchers are only just beginning to understand how differences in the composition of gut bacteria may influence human health, and so far they have made some startling discoveries. They have found out for example that our gut microbiota (formerly known as gut flora), play a definite role in our body’s ability to protect us against a myriad of conditions, including metabolic syndrome diseases, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.
You’re probably familiar with the saying: “you are what you eat”, so it should come at no surprise to you that the baby growing in your womb, is probably what you eat too.
Now, I’m not suggesting for one minute that you should worry about the occasional treat or not so healthy eating driven by horrible morning sickness. Mums and soon-to-be mums have enough to worry and feel guilty about…
But with mounting evidence that the quality of a mother’s nutrition prior to and during pregnancy, as well as what your baby eats in the first couple of years, has a long-term effect on their health and subsequently that of their offspring, our responsibility as mothers has just gone from great to GREATER.
Exercise??!! Let’s face it, finding the time and energy to exercise with a baby is no small feat. In fact, sometimes finding the time to take a shower and brush your teeth already feels like an accomplishment!
But what if you could complete a simple routine targeting all main muscle groups, including the pelvic floor and deep abdominals, in just 15 minutes?