5 Steps to a Post Pregnancy Positive You


When I was pregnant with my second daughter Evalyn, I promised myself that I would be proactive in getting my shape back and feeling more positive about myself once she arrived. I did nothing after my first Grace and knowing how busy my life would be with two to look after, I knew I would have to be realistic with my goals.

So I set myself 5 simple steps to gradually ease myself into a healthier lifestyle and something that I was more likely to stick to rather than an unrealistic set of goals that I would be likely to quit after a couple of weeks.

Evalyn arrived in September and I gave myself until I’d had my three month doctors check up before starting any exercise. It was quite nice to enjoy Christmas without any restraints too!

January approached and I made my plan; eat healthier, do some regular exercise and take time out for myself. Together with feeding Evalyn myself and running around after two little ones all day, I thought this was a good plan and one I was looking forward to getting stuck into.

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Here are the five steps I’ve been following to achieve a more positive me.

Eat healthier

Step 1; Eat Healthier

As a family I don’t feel we’ve ever really eaten badly but in 2015 both my husband and I agreed to eat smarter.

Our approach was to eat more fruit and vegetables, rely less on pasta and potatoes to fill us up and cut down on snacking.

This step has actually been pretty easy especially cutting out snacking, as that is near impossible these days anyway. If I eat anything my eldest Grace wants to eat something too, so I tend not to bother!

Also Tesco do some great pre packed chicken dishes at the moment in their 3 for £10 offer including a gorgeous Thai Green Curry, which contains less calories than you might think and certainly far less than a takeaway!

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Exercise regularly
Step 2; Exercise Regularly

I’ve bought a number of fitness dvd’s in the past and have never stuck to them. After seeing so much press about Charlotte Crosby’s Belly Blitz dvd and seeing the results of her own weight loss, I decided to pre order it from Amazon and give it a go.

Love her or hate her, Charlottes transformation was a huge inspiration for me. Whilst my figure didn’t quite resemble what hers was like, I thought the dvd looked like it would help me to shed the last few pounds of baby weight around my tummy and thighs.

When I got the dvd I set myself a realistic target of doing it once or twice a week. I knew there was no chance I’d be able to do it any more than that. Fitting any session in with a toddler and newborn at home is pretty tough anyway but this seemed like a goal I’d be able to achieve. And so far so good!

What I really love about this dvd is that the 3 min sections are mixed up between cardio, abs work, leg work etc, so you don’t get bored with repetitive moves. Oh and a few of Charlottes comments make me chuckle too; “Sweat is your fat crying” being my favourite!

This dvd is great, I can’t praise it enough. I’ve not given up on it yet which is a huge deal for me and I can really feel and see the difference it’s having on my figure already.

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Take time out for myself; yoga
Step 3; Take Time Out For Myself

For any mum this is difficult. For breast feeding ones, even more so, so it’s taken me a little while and a lot of organising to be able to take some time for myself without feeling guilty. That’s the worst bit.

My time to myself is taking a yoga class one evening a week. It starts at 8pm, so gives me enough time to get the girls to bed before heading out. The guilt part is still there, but it’s getting better. I totally understand that a happy mum means happy bubbas but it’s so hard!

I’m really enjoying doing yoga, especially the deep breathing and relaxing section! I decided to do this to compliment my fitness dvd but other ways you could take time out could be beauty treatments, having your hair cut, having your nails done or asking if someone could have your little one for an hour to do some retail therapy or just stay home and read a book.

It’s so important for all mums to look after themselves, so the key is to not feel guilty about it!

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Breast Feeding
Step 4; Breast Feeding

Obviously this topic has so many opinions about it and I’m not going to enter into the debate but for me I wanted to feed Evalyn myself if I could for a number of reasons, including health for her and me.

I fed Grace and noticed a huge difference in my tummy after six months and this time it’s worked beautifully with Evalyn too.

A lot of people aren’t lucky enough to be able to feed their little ones, but for me it’s been a dream along with knowing Evalyn’s getting the best start in life. I do love feeding snuggles too!

NB: I will also just like to highlight that whilst I’m being smarter about what I eat I am by no means dieting, as this would be really unhealthy for my milk production and Evalyn.

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Being constantly busy with two little ones; Evalyn & Grace
Step 5; Being Constantly Busy With Two Little Ones

This is by far the easiest step to stick to, after all I don’t have to do anything! Having a toddler and newborn means I rarely sit down, I’m constantly on the move, so I feel tired yes but fitter!

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Three Months In; So Far So Good

My plan seems to be working almost 3 months in and I really do feel good about myself. Eating better, improving my fitness and taking time out for myself, together with feeding Evalyn and being constantly on the go has resulted in me losing my baby weight plus I’m now a whole stone lighter than before I was pregnant! I’ve never felt so good and have certainly got the bug!

I’m so pleased that I decided to create realistic goals, I really think that’s helped. But I’m also really pleased with myself for sticking to it. My hubby even commented that he was surprised I’d stuck to it for so long. I was a little insulted at first but actually now I feel pretty proud that he’s noticed! I’ve lost count of the amount of times he’s commented on  my figure or how happy I seem. That’s a massive boost right there!

So feeling positive post pregnancy is about making the best of yourself and doing what you can, however small. Them when you get a comment about looking good, you can smile on the inside and feel proud!

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