9 Months In, 9 Months Out

Strangely, our littlest bebe, Cooper, has grown, and he is now nine months old.

Cliche I know – but where has the time gone?!

9 months in vs 9 months out, seemed like a great opportunity to reflect on the journey and changes.

9 months in.

I was a nervous wreck during the first few months of my pregnancy having suffered a miscarriage prior to conceiving Cooper. I immediately stopped training at the gym as soon as I found out I was pregnant again, and didn’t venture back until around 15 weeks pregnant. Even then, my training had to change (due to nerves AND ability).

My body (and mind) responds well to strength training (dear I say it a female lifting heavy weights!) but, no longer could I train this way. My Personal Trainer Rose Watson guided me, we modified training, and continued to train up until 36 weeks pregnant. Lots of safe core work, wide squats, posterior chain work. Anyone who has had a baby will understand what I mean by the ‘bearing down pressure’ became too much – it was time to stop and rest. Which, by the way, is hard to do when you have a toddler also!

You can read more on my pregnancy here (just scroll down a little)

Pregnancy is such a beautiful thing for some people, hideous for others. Personally, I loved how my body felt and looked while pregnant…my cute little basketball bump and booty gains 😛

However, it wasn’t all easy sailing. Perhaps due to my body composition, training, diet, or perhaps due to the way I was carrying Cooper, the midwife was often worried about his size. We had growth scans throughout the pregnancy to check how he was doing, and, every time we left the sonographer’s room with reports of a perfect healthy sized baby.

My due date came around, so, we went out for dinner. I ate a huge bowl of risotto, some of Isabella’s pizza, and then two magnum ice creams when I got home (OMG!), my body must have known it needed the fuel. Five hours later, Cooper was born naturally, with no drugs. 6lb, 12oz. Read my birth story here.

This was COMPLETELY different to Isabella’s pregnancy and delivery. During her pregnancy I put on quite a bit of weight, and endured a 32 hour labour. Had an epidural at 26 hours, and, she was 8lb, 4oz. So, when Cooper popped out, they were surprised by his size (6lbs 12oz). A few hours later we headed home and began our life as a family of four.

9 months out

Cooper was a sweet little baby. After we got over the initial stages of establishing breastfeeding (hello four hour feeding sessions!), he settled well into morning and night. Two days post delivery we went out for our first walk, and at five days postpartum I started the Pregnancy Exercise Birth 2 Fit Mum programme.

The Birth 2 Fit Mum programme is AMAZING for recovery and information. Too often (it seems), women return to fitness having not repaired their abdominal separation or strengthened the pelvic floor. I simply followed the exercises; pelvic tilts, leg slides, hip raises etc.

9 weeks postpartum I returned to the gym with my Personal Trainer Rose Watson. WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT. Confidence was low, body confidence even lower, and ability poor. It was really tough mentally to carry on when I had been the fittest, and, probably, in the best shape of my life pre-pregnancy.


Then, we bought a new house, sold our (old) house, had Isabella’s 3rd birthday party, went on holiday. You get told “you can eat whatever you want, you are breastfeeding”….HELLO WEIGHT GAIN. 8kg in fact! I should have known this would happen as the exact same thing happened after Isabella’s birth (but it was more like 12kg).

Diet was reined in, and set, goals revisited, and I was finally able to commit to two personal training sessions per week meanwhile exclusively breastfeeding Cooper. That’s a challenge on it’s own with my hungry boy!

Little Cooper was a quiet, cuddly wee boy. Plunket would have liked to have seen more weight gain, but he’s improving so that’s great. He got into solids at five months, and within a week was on four meals per day (hungry boy!). Cooper found his voice and confidence at about seven months old, and since then, he’s been a rocket…

He loves kumera (well, any food), standing up, crawling, his Mummy & Daddy, absolutely adores Isabella (you should see the way he smiles at her!), and his black Labrador brother Duke.

Physically, I’m slowly returning to what I was, though, I don’t think it’ll ever be the same. My body is different, plus, I’m a year older. Clean eating and being prepared with meals has been so incredibly important this time around, our busy family life has left little time for much else. Keeping on top of food and having clean treats available has been a priority for our family.

This is another reason why I hope to start my new business around clean treats soon – more on that later.

I’ll also be blogging about how I lost 10kg postpartum as soon as I get there (great motivation).

2017 holds lot of promise and excitement as we continue on as a family of four.

Here’s to 2017 (oh, and no more babies! :P)

CW

xx

 

What I know now about Abdominal Separation (Diastasis Recti) during pregnancy

I’m putting a disclaimer right up the top. Please note, I am not a physiotherapist or personal trainer, I am simply sharing what I’ve learnt from my recent pregnancy about Abdominal Separation (Diastasis Recti) prevention and care.

Diastasis Recti is something I feel passionate about – particularly that there could be more awareness of the effects on a woman’s body during and post pregnancy.

This blog covers; what is Diastasis Recti, how to use your body and exercises to do, and avoid.

The following blog will cover how I’m repairing Diastasis Recti, so, FOLLOW my blog by clicking FOLLOW at the bottom right of this page to receive notification of when the next post is up. There will be free exercise examples and resources.


What is Diastasis Recti (DR)?

Definition: Diastasis recti is a fairly common condition of pregnancy and postpartum in which the right and left halves of Rectus Abdominis muscle spread apart at the body’s mid line fascia, the linea alba.

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Cooper has arrived!

Little Baby Cooper Westbury has arrived and, we are totally smitten…we are now a family of four!  Here’s a quick update on the labour, meeting Isabella, and our first 48 hours.



Cooper was born after a fairly straight forward natural five hour labour, and weighed in at 6lbs 12oz (3040 grams) at 2.43am. We’d been out for dinner that night, and then all of a sudden when it was time to go to bed I realised I was in labour…it kind of caught us off guard.

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Pregnancy Update. Bump, Food & Preparation.

Well, I’m 39 weeks and 6 days pregnant today…and, while I’m playing the ‘waiting game’, I thought I’d write a little blog post about; what bump has been up to, what food I’ve been enjoying, and what food I’ve prepared for when ‘he’ arrives.

Bump has been keeping me busy, moving from one side to the other (wiggle that cute bum boy!), head down, loads of rib kicks/grazes, and keeping that heartburn burning. He’s pretty tight in there, but sitting happy in perfect position for delivery (let’s hope he stays that way!). It’s not that glamorous anymore, as every time I pick something up from the floor, I endeavour to perform a full deep wide sumo squat… and, it’s getting harder to get up – thank goodness I’ve practiced those squats hey?! And, walking has become more ‘duck’ like over the past few days!

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What’s in my hospital bag – Mum. Part 2/2

I’m going to have two bags packed, one bag to take to the hospital with essentials I need during or immediately after the birth, and another bag for later. No point hauling everything up until you know!

This post is for Mum (and Dad), see my earlier post here on what’s in my hospital bag for baby.

 

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What’s in my hospital bag – Baby. Part 1/2

All of a sudden we are getting very close to meeting our new baby; Midwife appointments are weekly, toddler care arrangements are made for when labour starts/baby arrives, pre-birth acupuncture is in full swing, the nursery is complete, the freezer is stocked, oh, and I’m 38 weeks now…

So, my hospital bag is packed…let’s get organised!
Last time we hauled far too much stuff up to the delivery suite (twice – as got turned away 20 hours before returning), so this time we are keeping it sweet and concise.

I’m going to break this up into two posts – first up – Baby! Second post – Mum!

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It’s just “see you later” for now, but not goodbye gym…. 😢

The time has come for me to listen to my body, stop training and rest. You just know it’s time right?!
It has been incredible to work out twice a week up until 36 weeks pregnant as it’s such a big part of my life and who I am. Training has been ‘different’ and bump has kept me challenged, but I have learnt so much about the female body during pregnancy and what can be achieved. Plus – a few new exercises and variations (nothing wrong with that hey!).

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Pregnancy third trimester fashion faves – embracing the weight gain!

Don’t you just love it when your t-shirts only cover down to your belly button, and your clothes no longer fit your growing body?

Guess it’s time to go shopping…

I’m absolutely loving these two finds from ASOS


Off to a Bridal Dress Fitting for friends wedding at 31 weeks pregnant. I was bridesmaid for her a few weeks later! Wearing ASOS Maternity Pinny Bodycon Dress In Spot Print, D&G sunnies and sandals from Oz. 

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Pregnancy Workout – 33 weeks

Personal Trainer, Rose Watson has been keeping me fit, working out with her twice a week has been amazing. Not only am I working on my strength and conditioning for my upcoming birth marathon (did I mention my last labour was 32 hours long?), but it is also amazing to have time away from “mum duties”. It’s always fun working out with Rose (how am I going to cope waiting for my body to repair before returning….)?!?

Here’s another pregnancy workout:

Circuit (Repeat 3x through)

  • Romanian deadlift dbell x12
  • Walking lunge (about 50 total per set)
  • Abductor band walk (about 30-40 per side per set)

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Keeping fit for baby 

Prior to getting pregnant my fitness lifestyle consisted of stength training with a personal trainer at the gym, walking and eating well…..

However, since finding out I was pregnant I have cut back on a lot of weighted exercises, but still trained twice a week. Big shout out to my trainer Rose Watson who was adapted our workouts and supported my changing/growing body. Thanks lady!

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