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The miracle of birth is quite possibly the single most beautiful and magical thing the universe has to offer. It’s also a body wrecking suffrage. There’s no denying that parenthood is a beautiful thing and you love your children more than anything, but there’s also no denying that pregnancy will do horrible (beautiful) things to your body. It can be difficult to pick up where you left off after having a child, but all is not lost, it’s not as hard as you might think to get your body back to its former glory.
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It all comes down to developing and sticking to a workout routine. What kind of routine you need varies from person to person, as we all have different ideas of what we want from our bodies, but there are some universal truths to consider, of course. There endless articles, videos, and more that can point you in the right direction. Once you find a routine that works for you, you have to stick with it.
It can be difficult to stick to your routine. After all, working out is the hardest thing most of us do from day to day. It’s worth trying to reward yourself for adhering to your regimen. In the case of dieting, there’s the time honored “cheat day” where in you can eat whatever you want without worrying about your dietary restrictions. For working out, however, a suitable reward is less obvious, but you just have to get creative and really reinforce your newly developed habit.
Remember to set smaller goals on the path to your primary goal. For example, when it comes to weight loss, you can set the goal of losing 10 pounds by the end of the month. When it comes to working out, your goal can simply be doing more each day than you did the day before. Remember, of course, to dress for your workout. Wearing the right clothes makes all the difference in the world, and Athleta can provide great clothing for all your athletic needs, and then some.
Breastfeeding is a natural occurrence and has been for thousands of years, all mammals do it and the health benefits for both mother and child are exponential. For the baby these include protection against obesity and allergies later in life, childhood infections, and the lowered risk of cancer and diabetes. For the mother breastfeeding protects against osteoporosis, heart disease, breast and ovarian cancers and stroke. Why then, is it still considered a taboo subject with some members of society?
Pregnancy is hard enough when having to deal with not seeing your feet for 6 out of 9 months, not the mention the pain and cramps, and the constant mood swings; but now I have to deal with all the stigma connected to providing essential nourishment to my child wherever and whenever they need it. There is no rule that says you have to hideaway in shame in a family lavatory to feed your child, so why should a woman have to be ogled every time she sits down on the benches provided in the mall and proceeds to unbutton her shirt to reveal those colourfulmaternity bras? When you give birth you think it’s all going to be over, and then you realize that you also have to deal with more eye rolls when you take your stroller onto the bus and the baby starts crying – give mothers a break, why won’t you?
One out of three mothers has described breastfeeding in public as being a stressful experience. Mothers are being asked to leave ‘family friendly’ pubs, asked to go into germ filled toilets, leave buses, or sit at the back, from this it would seem that Britain is not very breast-feeding friendly at all.
Only 78% of women in the UK ever even attempt breast feeding and this is in public or otherwise. Compare this to other European countries such as Norway where 99% of mothers at least attempt to breastfeed, or the 91% in Italy, so it may be safe to assume the whole idea of breast feeding is something British women are put off by.
There are of course, some safe havens for mothers looking to breastfeed (look for the stickers) and with more money going into government initiatives that give information about the benefits of breastfeeding the only hope is that we could be looking at a more open-minded future.
My daughter to the right is wearing matching socks (with a classmate by accident) on their way to school. How adorable!
As a mom, I am very proud of my kids. I don’t know a single Mommy who isn’t proud of their kid, specially, when they graduate from preparatory. They would be moving up to Elementary which is the start of the road to maturity.
My eldest son is already in the first grade. And at this age, I can see him start to show ividsigns of his very own personality, which is something that my daughter is slowly starting to adapt to as well. She already has preferred colour for shirts to wear, which short or skirt to partner it with, keeping hankies in her bag or pocket (something I never grow used to), preferred length of bangs, and the like.
Truthfully speaking, I find this attribute of hers so darn cute. So even though I am busy, I take an extra time to fix her hair, teach her simple know-how here and there, and let them all feel my love and care.
So in a couple of months I will have two elementary kids growing up. And in two years, another one will be joining them in their journey to adulthood, as my youngest son is following in their lead. With this said, I can’t help but think about how fast time really flies. I almost feel like it hasn’t been long since I learned to mingle with classmates and teachers, past memories still as vivid as though it happened last week or so.