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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.

Why should I join a mums and bubs exercise group?

Motherhood can be overwhelming, lonely and full of uncertainty, so what's better than finding yourself among other mums being led by a specialised trainer? Meli Comaschi-Cordoba explains why you should seek out a local mums and bubs exercise group.

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?

5 simple tips to help you stay active at home

Staying at home day after day can be tough – but keeping active doesn't have to be a chore. With a little creativity and planning, it can actually be a lot of fun! Rachel Leman shares her top 5 tips to help keep the whole family active at home.

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.

Are mums and bubs exercise classes really any different to regular fitness classes?

Now that you've had your baby, you might be tempted to join a local mums and bubs exercise class. But are they really any different to regular fitness classes? Carly Steggles explains why they are - or why they should be!

5 reasons why a mum-focused personal training session may be right for you

Whilst group fitness classes are an awesome way to connect with other like-minded mums through exercise, there are many reasons why training one on one with a specialised trainer could be more suitable. Sheridan Wakefield outlines the top 5 reasons a mum-focused personal training session may be right for you.

Returning to exercise after a C-section

Whether you had an elective or emergency C-section, you should know a couple of things before starting to exercise again. It is major abdominal surgery, and proper recovery is necessary. Meli Comaschi-Cordoba explains what you need to know.

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.

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 does my body change after having a baby?

We all expect our body to change during pregnancy. Many women find comfort in their growing tummy and boobs but after the baby is born, we think we should just "bounce back" into our pre-pregnancy bodies. But does this really happen? Rachel Leman looks into the most common body changes that happen after having a baby.

What are the benefits of joining a virtual mums’ fitness group?

In the time of COVID-19, most things have gone virtual - including mums' fitness groups! Meli Comaschi-Cordoba highlights the benefits of joining a virtual group (and why they might stick around even after things go back to "normal").

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.

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 help your pelvic floor recover immediately post-birth

The first stage in helping your pelvic floor muscles recover after giving birth is simply rest – and not jumping straight into dreaded kegels! Carly Steggles outlines the best way to help your pelvic floor to heal after giving birth.

The top 5 reasons you should try a group exercise mums and bubs class

Having a new baby is the most amazing thing that will happen to you, but it can also be very isolating and tiring. Leaving the house with a new baby can be challenging, but trying to fit in some daily exercise is so important for your physical and mental health. Here are our top 5 reasons you should try a group exercise mums and bubs class.

Mum Moments – Building Resilience in Children

Sheridan Wakefield talks to clinical psychologist Lisa Ford about building resilience in children including simple and practical strategies for parents - something that's more valuable now than ever before!

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.

What to do if you’re experiencing thoracic pain during pregnancy

Have you started experiencing upper back pain since being pregnant? Or has breastfeeding left you hunched over and achey? Physio Madison gives us her top tips on how to help back pain during pregnancy, as well as postnatally.

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.

The 5 Best Pram Walks in Sydney

If you're a new mum and keen to get outdoors, grab a group of mum friends and get strolling round one of our picks for the 5 Best Pram Walks in Sydney!

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...

Returning to exercise after having a baby

The simple idea of returning to exercise postpartum can be both exciting and scary at the same time! Meli Comaschi-Cordoba explains what you need to know.

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.

What is the best type of exercise to “get back into it” after having a baby?

What is the best type of post-natal exercise? Rachel Leman explains.

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.

Can exercise have an effect on breastmilk and milk supply? 

Many mums wonder if exercise can affect their breastmilk and milk supply. Anita Guerra, Midwife and Fitness Trainer, answers the most common questions around breastfeeding and safe return to exercise.

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.

Postpartum weight-lifting – is it safe?

Are you a weight-lifting mum? Jen gives her top tips on how to safely lift weights postpartum.

Mum Moments – How do I un-f*%k years of dieting now that I’m a mum?

Jen Dugard talks to Lulu Thompson, diet recovery coach and personal trainer on how to leave behind years of dieting and move forward as a mum.

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.

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