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Well, hello there! Thank you for tuning in to another episode of the FitNest Mama Podcast. If we haven’t met before, my name is Katherine Baquie. I’m a mum of three young girls, a physiotherapist for women and I have an online community, FitNest Mama. Which helps to provide pregnant and new mothers with exercises support and resources. They need to feel good from the inside out as they prepare for and recover from childbirth. FitNest Mama has workouts that are tired-mum friendly, achy-mum friendly and toddler friendly that you can do in the convenience of your home. At the end of a long day whilst your bubba sleeps or whilst your toddler is running around, causing havoc. This is a super short and sweet episode.
If you are pregnant, or you’ve had a baby, and you’ve been finding it difficult to find the time, or the motivation to exercise, or perhaps the exercise and you go for lots of walks, but you’re not including any pelvic floor and core exercises into your routine, or if you’ve been meaning to do more exercise coming into 2022. But you’re just finding it hard to prioritize you because let’s face it, if you’re pregnant, or you’re a new mum, you’re busy. So if any of what I’ve just said resonates then this short episode is for you.
I was six months pregnant with my second baby. So at the time I had a toddler who was 18 months old. My first pregnancy had been a bit of a breeze. And going into my second pregnancy I was in for a rude shock. We had moved house. I had just been for a walk that morning and then I’d been pottering around emptying boxes. And I sat on the couch with my toddler. So she was about 18 months at the time. And I remember the moment I went to stand up and I could hardly walk. Like I limped over to the bench and I cried out in pain. So I had pelvic girdle pain and it just suddenly flared up and reared its head. And it was a real shock to the system. So I know that I had been doing more than usual just as a function of having moved house. I’d been super careful not to move boxes. But you know what it’s like, it’s a crazy time of your life when you move a house.
So I had a toddler. I suddenly for a few weeks, I couldn’t move. I couldn’t walk even 10 meters. It was a real struggle that time. I had to get extra care from family and put my child, my toddler into childcare because I couldn’t do basic. I struggle to change a nappy and I certainly couldn’t go walking with her playing with her it was real low point I do have to admit. This was the idea behind FitNest Mama. And this is when I thought after one day I worked in a physio clinic at the time, I worked in a Pilates clinic and I went there to do a class. But the act of getting it there even going to my car, driving there, finding a car spot, walking into the clinic, doing the 45-minute class or an hour long class, coming home again, I was exhausted and this I distinctly remember the day that I thought, this needs to change like there needs to be, we need to be able to access safe workouts that we can do at home if we’re uncomfortable or if we’re time poor. We need to be able to access information at home to help us support us if we are in discomfort. And this was when the idea behind FitNest Mama came. It’s huge. I know when I was pregnant with my first, my idea of exercise was going for a long walk. But this is before I was pregnant like going for a long walk meeting a friend for a run, going to a gym class. And I remember one of the biggest changes that happened in my transition to motherhood along with all the obvious when it comes to having babies but when it came to exercise and having that bit of me time, it was a huge transition to change my mindset of what I do exercise for me consisted of because I used to be really active I used to, as I said, go for long runs, go for long walks. And I believe there’s a period of every woman’s life or every new mums life where, unless we can do short little bursts here and there without baby by side or whether or not our toddler by our side, I do find it gets harder and harder to prioritize us and prioritize our wellness and prioritize our exercise. And if you’ve been listening to this podcast before, you probably do know a bit of a mantra of mine, “Something is better than nothing”, “Done is better than perfect”. So this was a huge driver behind creating FitNest Mama. There’s short workouts 15 minute workouts, there’s 45 minute workouts, if you’re feeling like you’ve got the time, there’s workouts to suit you. If you want to do a really gentle pregnancy girdle pain workout or a stretch and relief workout. If you’re feeling a bit achy when you’re after breastfeeding, there’s workouts that can get your heart rate up as a cardio based pregnancy workouts or return to running workouts, postpartum. There’s workouts to suit you no matter how much time you’ve got, or where you’re at in your stage of pregnancy and postpartum journey.
And the reason I’m sharing this episode today is because I know if you’re listening to this in real time, then we are approaching the end of another crazy year. And perhaps you’re all thinking about your goals, like what do you want to be doing next year? Perhaps you’re thinking about your fitness goals, your wellness goals, your “you” goals, your personal goals, whatever they are. And that’s amazing if you are thinking about goals, and if you are, I encourage you to have think about what are you going to do to help support your health and wellness, in terms of your pelvic floor recovery, your postnatal rehab to really help you feel strong and confident getting back to doing what you love with a Bubba by your side, whether or not that’s running around with the kids at the park, or running the next marathon.
So if you do want to investigate what FitNest Mama is all about, then come and join us you can either join us on a monthly basis. That’s no commitment month by month, or you can come and join us for six months’ package where you get a lovely little discount. And we’re here to help support you whether or not it’s with Pilates and yoga classes live or On Demand classes. Our monthly Q&A as guest expert speakers, return to running program or the amazing community that we’ve got inside our private Facebook group with all the mums inside FitNest Mama. So if this sounds like something that could be useful for you heading into 2022, I invite you to come and join us at www.fitnestmama.com and the link is in the show notes.
So that’s it ladies have a fabulous day. And thank you for joining me over this last year, 2021, the crazy year that it has been. I appreciate each and every one of you listening to me and it lights up my day when you come and say hi to me on Instagram at @fitnestmama. Come and let me know that you’ve listened to the podcast over the year. Come and let me know how many weeks pregnant you are or postnatal you are. I love to have a good chat. So thanks everyone again, I hope you have a bit of downtime over the next few weeks. And I look forward to you joining me next week in 2022 for another episode of the FitNest Mama Podcast.
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