Q: How are you mentally postpartum?
Nic: "Incredible. I have never felt happier and a love like this before. I have also never felt more tired haha. I’ve honestly surprised myself so much as I have always been so career oriented and always trying to achieve a million things at once. For the first time in my life I want to stop and be truly present so I don't miss a moment with my baby boy. Most days this means contact naps on the couch and doing everything with one hand. I love being a Mum! Seb is my world."
Q: What is one struggle you have dealt with since postpartum?
Nic: "The outside noise, unwanted advice, opinions and expectations. Also my own high and sometimes unrealistic expectations trying to be the best Mama, go back to paid work, clean the house, study, exercise and get my pre-pregnancy body back (something I encourage new Mums not to do... and just trust the process as the body is amazing, has been through so much and it just takes time)."
Q: What are some things that have helped you postpartum journey?
Nic: "Initially it was a shower and my skin care regime. That made me feel human again. I have to move my body everyday and exercise. Podcasts and connecting with other Mamas."
Q: Do you have any advice for new mums trying to start exercising again? How did you safely return to exercise?
Nic: "Please see a women's health physio. Be kind to yourself, listen and tune in to your body. It is normal to feel different than before. Please follow a post-partum training plan (GLOW ideally) as you will be absolutely exhausted and won't want to think. Get outdoors as much as you can with bub in the pram. Get super strong especially before rushing into running, jumping and sport."