Over the years there have been many trends and fashions for new parents. I have been a mum now for 21 years and have 4 children, with the youngest (but not the last) being only 9 months old.
I have seen ways of doing things with babies change so much in my motherhood years, mostly for the better, things like the issues of weaning; first it was at 3 months then before 6 months now its infant lead which means just do it when they are ready (which by the way is the best and messiest way to introduce your baby to food!)
I plan to have a few more babies (I would like 7…yes we are mad!!!) and now I am classed as an older mum which is quite a shock as I was a teenage mum (and yes, I’m still with the same father, my childhood sweetheart, I just like to drop that in as I’m proud because most people don’t make it this long and a lot of people assume that I am having more children now because I have a new partner, this really annoys me! (rant over!)
Anyway, being classed as an older mum (I’m 37) there are more risks associated in pregnancy so I really need to get fit and healthy before I become pregnant again.
With my other children, especially the first, I found that the weight was easy to lose but as I got older the weight is becoming harder to shift, but it’s not just about weight now it’s about your level of fitness. The thing is I know so many overweight people who are actually quite fit, so it doesn’t always go hand in hand.
Now, being a mum of 4 I don’t really have time to go to the gym plus that would mean leaving the baby with someone while I went, or going in the evening when my husband was home from work so I would never see anyone, not ideal, and even if I could do that have you ever tried to work out at a gym in the evening after a day looking after children and running a home? Phew!
All you want to do once the kids are all bathed and bedded is crash on the sofa and chill…
I was talking about this with the other mums at my baby group, obviously after we we had slated our husbands/partners (the important stuff) over a coffee and biscuits.
We began talking about ways of keeping fit while having babies to think about. A few of the mums go swimming with the little ones but you can’t really swim to get fit with a baby as they need holding the whole time. One mum goes to baby yoga but again that focuses more on the baby than the mum so not what I really need.
Then a new mum who had recently joined our group told us that she goes jogging with her (almost) 2 year old child… How simple!!
Even better is that it is basically free once you have bought the best jogging stroller for you to use (normally a 3 wheeled stroller) and a decent pair of running shoes or trainers. This mum goes out a few times a week and really enjoys it plus her son is getting lots of fresh air while she is keeping fit, double goodness!
So shortly after this chat I went out and searched about and I have now bought my 3 wheeled stroller – a Mothercare MY3 in my case, and a pair of decent trainers so it’s off round the local lakes for me.
And when baby number 5 arrives I have already chosen what I think is the best double stroller to fit them both in – the baby trend double jogging stroller – so I will have no excuse for not getting fit and enjoying being an older (I refuse to say old) mum…