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Post-baby body: what if I never look the same again?

Becoming a new mum is an incredible experience but it can be overwhelming, disheartening and scary to find yourself living in a body you no longer recognise. So, how can you deal with the fear that it will never look the same again? Alicia Johnson shares some practical tips.

Busy mum? How to motivate yourself during isolation

Life as a mum is hectic and isolation can be challenging. These two mixed together can put an unusual spin on daily life, so how can a busy mum motivate herself in isolation? Emma Bunting shares her top tips.

Childbirth is a contact sport!

For many women, childbirth will result in physical trauma, the effects of which can be life-altering. Body-based trauma counsellor Thea Baker wonders why, after working so hard to conceive, carry and birth our children, do we feel the need to compress our recovery into the shortest amount of time imaginable?

I don’t feel an attachment to my newborn – what does this mean and what can I do?

Every mum and every baby are different, so it’s no surprise that we all form attachments at different times and in different ways with our babies. Some mums might bond with their baby the first time they see them, like love at first sight. Some mums might not feel an instant connection. Louise Hurley explains why this is perfectly OK as well as when and how to reach out for help if it’s needed.

Why Your 6-week Check-up is Not Enough

At a 6-week postpartum check-up, women expect a long, thorough chat about their birth, pregnancy and what should and shouldn't be happening now – and in the future. But, the reality is your 6-week check-up is NOT enough. Anita Guerra, trainer and midwife, explains why.

Why being told “where you’re at right now is exactly where you need to be” sucks

If the saying "where you’re at right now is exactly where you’re supposed to be" is annoying for you it’s probably because where you're at is not where you want to be. Feeling like you're behind with your fitness is hard - so what do you do? Olivia Park explains.

Do I have the baby blues or is it postnatal depression?

Being mum to a newborn was hard. My body didn’t feel like my own anymore and breastfeeding was agony. I was tired, sore and emotionally drained. I just felt so sorry for myself. When I look back on this period of time I feel extremely fortunate that these feelings of low mood only lasted a few days. It’s what many people would call the baby blues. But how can you tell when the baby blues are no longer the blues, but postnatal depression? Louise Hurley explains.

Is sweating an indication of a good workout?

Do you judge the success of your workout based on how much you sweat? And do you wonder if you worked hard enough because you’re not sweating as much as others? Olivia Park explores whether sweating really is an indication of a good workout.

Motherhood is an emotional rollercoaster – but how do I know what’s normal?

Motherhood is a rollercoaster of extreme emotions and it can be hard sometimes to know what is normal and when a little helping hand is needed. Louise Hurley shares her personal experience of becoming a mum and explains when and where you can ask for help.

The Top 5 Reasons Why Diets Don’t Work

Many women find themselves trapped in the cycle of on-again off-again dieting without understating why these same diets keep failing to provide them with long-lasting results. Diet recovery coach Lu-Lu Thompson explains the top 5 reasons why diets don't work.

Trauma and the body: how it can show up in funny ways and how we can help shift it

Trauma is such a vast and complex thing, and it shows up in different ways for different people. Thea Baker, a body-based trauma counsellor, looks into the impact that trauma can have on our minds as well as our bodies.

How to modify your training and still progress even when mum-life gets hectic

When life gets lifey, it’s often your training that’s the first to go. If you’re active and enjoy movement, you can still train in a way that honours how you feel – it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Olivia Park explains how to modify your training to still progress even when mum life gets hectic.

Why it’s important to understand your birth story (no matter how long ago you gave birth)

As mums we have so many experiences in common but our pregnancy and birth stories differ greatly. But now that you’ve done the hard work, baby is home and you're recovering well, what’s the point in re-visiting your birth story? It's important, and Louise Hurley explains why.

How to get your libido back after having a baby

You're feeling mostly like yourself again after having a baby. You're working out, throwing a few social engagements in the mix and feeling like life has more flow to it. There's something missing though. Your libido. It's MIA. If you're asking: Where is my libido after having a baby? This is for you.

I think I’ve broken my metabolism dieting – what do I do now?

Historically, the most commonly marketed way to rapidly lose body fat was to eat as little as possible and to train hard. We are just now starting to understand the serious health implications of this old school methodology. Diet recovery coach Lu-Lu Thompson explains what to do if you think you've messed up your metabolism dieting.

Why you need your mums and bubs class during COVID-19 more than ever before

A few weeks ago before COVID-19, life with a baby and/or a toddler was hard enough! Now, you can't even leave the house and you're missing YOUR time. That's why now, more than ever, you need your mums and bubs fitness class - even if it happens to be virtual.

How to look after body and mind through a global pandemic

Living through a global pandemic is challenging and stressful. Just getting by functionally and emotionally is absolutely fine – we don't have to make any radical changes to our lifestyle to protect ourselves and our family. But, there are small things we can do to help look after our body and mind. Louise Hurley gives us FIVE simple tips.

Managing Stress and Avoiding Burnout in Motherhood

Mums are the world's best multitaskers but all of this responsibility can leave us feeling stressed, anxious, exhausted and burnt out. Louise Hurley gives us some tips on how to manage these feelings and some practical things we can do to manage stress.

How to motivate yourself to exercise and eat healthily when you’re exhausted

Let's face it, mum life is exhausting! How are you supposed to get motivated to exercise and eat healthily when it all just seem way too hard! Rachel Leman gives us some great tips on how to get started.

Why safe return to exercise is critical for long-term health

We all know that regular exercise has numerous health benefits but why is safe return to exercise so critical for new mums and their long-term health? Anita Guerra explains.

What is birth trauma?

Trauma is a word that we hear a lot today in various contexts but what is birth trauma? Thea Baker breaks it down for us.

Am I Still Me Under All This Motherhood?

It’s so easy to lose sight of who you are when you become a mum. It’s not that you don’t care about yourself, it’s just that your priorities have been turned upside down. Louise Hurley shares some tips on how to rediscover a sense of self after you become a mum.

When can I have sex after giving birth?

It's a question on the minds of new mums everywhere but one so many are afraid to ask. Sexologist Lauren White looks into when is the right time to start having sex after birth – and how you will know.

Is postpartum weight gain common?

You have given birth to your beautiful baby and now it’s apparently time to lose the baby weight – right? Rachel Leman explains why postpartum weight gain is not that uncommon.

Where can I get help if I think I’ve got postnatal depression?

Postnatal depression affects 1 in 5 new mums. Louise Hurley explains the most common signs and symptoms and where you can find help if you think you've got it...

How to reduce isolation post-birth

Being a new mum can make you feel lonely and isolated. Anita Guerra, Midwife and Fitness Trainer, explains how we can reduce isolation post-birth and help prevent postnatal depression.

5 easy ways to practise self-care as a mum

With the silly season in full swing, it can be such a quest to manage to find time for yourself. Meli Comaschi-Cordoba gives us 5 easy tips to practise self-care as a mum.

Accepting Your Post-Baby Body

How can you learn to accept (and love!) your post-baby body? Meli Comaschi-Cordoba discovers a few ways to start.

My Top Relationship Tips – From someone who screwed it all up and was lucky enough that it got put back together

Let’s just start this article by saying I am 100% not a relationship expert. I am however a 30-something year old woman who has had a few relationships in her time.

Mumma, Please Know You Are Not  Alone

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I Have a Friend

I have a friend and at the moment, I know she’s doing it tough. She’s a mum, just like you…

Broken before 9am

As she walks toward me I see her brave face, hat pulled down, hiding her tears. I see it and…

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