Just over 12 months ago I had a ‘mid-maternity leave’ crisis. Don’t laugh, this is more common than what you might think. Onlookers often think maternity leave is 12 months of non-stop partying. Coffee catch ups, play dates, day-time naps – supposed bliss. Sure, there will always be sleep deprivation, feeding issues, and routine rumbles but there is one key factor that is seldom mentioned, Baby time = thinking time. Looking back, I know there were 2 turning points that helped me to get back on track. I’ll save the second ‘treatment’ I prescribed myself for another blog as in this case, the Universe plonked the answer right in my lap (cheers Universe) but the first one I had to find myself – thankfully I stumbled upon post natal pilates.
For many of us, maternity leave is the first total absence you’ve had from the workplace since you started your crappy part-time job while still in high school. Particularly in those first few months when the majority of babies have several sleeps a day, there is a lot of time to think. Most of it is random and pretty frivolous, but my ‘thinking time’ really affected my sense of self and self-worth.
I’d been home for a few months and everything baby/threenager-wise was going well. I felt so much calmer and in control as a second-time parent and the girls were thriving so I knew my parenting was on track. However, I was really struggling as an individual. I was uncomfortable in my own body; not in that ‘I’M SO FAT I NEED TO LOSE THIS BABY WEIGHT NOW!!!!!!’ kind of way, but I had developed a number of ‘random niggles’ that I didn’t experience post-natally first time around. I lost my identity and resented being limited to the same 4 ‘breast feeding friendly’ tops I had in rotation. Some might argue both of these issues are ‘1st World Problems 101’, but I was terrified that my deteriorating mental state would start to affect my parenting and the wellbeing of my family. I knew I needed to act before this ‘new normal’ got serious, but I wasn’t quite sure how.
Bloom Wellbeing’s ‘Body, Mind, Baby’; a 5-week course of Post Natal Pilates.
It’s a long story (that I will also save for another post), but I had been following Sass Place on social media ever since I dreamed up the idea of List and Assist in the hope that one day I would join the Community and this amazing group of women would support me while I bought my work dream to life. This happened immediately when I joined in the Sass Place Community in July 2015 but prior to that, I would always look forward to Sass Place’s Founding Director – Carly Thompson-Barry’s posts while faffing about on Facebook. Carly posted a promo for a course that one of her Sass Place Community members was running – Bloom Wellbeing’s ‘Body, Mind, Baby’; a 5-week course of Post Natal Pilates.
I went through that ‘yes, no, yes, no, yes’ internal dialogue that went something like this:
Yes – Pilates with an occupational therapist who specialises in helping women throughout pregnancy and with their post-natal wellbeing….awesome!
No – I’m on maternity leave, money is tight….maybe I just need to toughen up??
Yes – This is another opportunity to get out of the house and a chance to make some new friends
No – I go out with the baby all the time, TUP!!
Yes – Hang on, my physical and mental wellbeing are too important….I need this. Where do I sign up??
A pleasant and very welcomed surprise.
And I did! I was surprised at how relaxed and welcoming the post natal pilates course was. Sarah Hausler – Director at Bloom Wellbeing is also a mum of 2 girls so she was perfectly placed to relate to and interpret my post natal niggles and recommend exercises and resources to improve my physical and mental states. I also made a wonderful new friend who is currently pregnant with #2, but I just see that as a value add.
Your next post natal challenge.
Sarah has a new ‘Body Mind Baby’ course coming up, but in an exciting new online format to better cater for those who struggle to leave the house with a baby and/or toddler in tow or who have returned to work and can’t commit to a weekly in-person session. By offering the course online, Sarah also has the ability to support more women whether it be in regional SA, interstate or even internationally….the sky is the limit!!
‘Core Floor Restore’ focuses on the physical demands of pregnancy, birth and recovery whereas ‘Mindful Motherhood’ focuses on your emotional wellbeing so you can be a happy and healthy mum and woman. Mindful Motherhood has a special early bird rate of $147 (until midnight on Monday 13 June) before reverting back to full price of $197.
You always have support.
Not only does Sarah offer you lifetime access to the course materials, she also invites you to join a private Facebook group for ongoing support, extra resources, invitations for coffee catch ups (she’s a girl after my own heart). I’m a member of this group and I can’t wait to see it grow.
If you would like to learn more about Sarah’s courses and/or sign up, please use this link.
I hope you enjoy the materials and Sarah’s effortless friendliness and passions for women’s health and wellbeing as much as I did.
All the best girlfriends, take care of yourselves.
Ps. I am proud to promote Sarah’s upcoming programs as an affiliate because I have known and worked with her for 12 months and know that she can help you. If you enrol using my link, I will receive a commission; if you’d like to ready all the nitty gritty about my affiliate program please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll forward you the details (soon to be permanently on the website).