Charlotte Neill

Coping with an ever changing body that is out of your control….

March 21, 2019

For years and years, fitness has been my passion. The feeling after a good work out is very hard to top and was one I craved on a reglar basis. Not only did releasing those endorphins make me feel on top of the world no matter what mood I was in, but it made me realise that I was in control of my body and I had the power to change it through diet and exercise. As a result, I was always relatively happy with my Physique. Then suddenly, I was growing another human and my body began to change day by day and I had to let that happen. I was extremely lucky with my pregnancy and didn’t have any morning sickness (thank god, not sure I would have coped with that) and can honestly say that once I embraced the fact that my belly was going to grow and grow, I began to love being pregnant. It still baffles me to this day how incredible the female body is and I became fascinated with the ‘Baby Centre’ app that I downloaded which kept me up to date with how our baby was growing and had the answer to a lot of questions that were running through my mind on a daily basis. One thing I did do was listen to my body. At first this was hard as I was always so used to being 100 miles an hour, and although I continued exercising as I had been, I decided to really slow down in my 2nd trimester and I stopped doing my classes (RikaShake – a high intensity rebounder class and Rikaflex – a routine based dumbbell work out) as I was starting to feel really uncomfortable doing a lot of the moves. So I just started some yoga at home following some YouTube videos, concentrated on my breathing in preparation for labour and started walking more. My bump grew quite fast and people used to comment on ‘how big’ I had got, which is exactly what a pregnant woman wants to hear right? πŸ˜‚ I didn’t have any weird cravings, I just wanted a LOT of food which I guess isn’t too much of a change from how I was before I was pregnant. πŸ˜‚ And I decided that, for once in my life I wasn’t going to worry about watching what I eat, I was going to ensure I gave our baby the nutrients he needed but also wanted to be able to enjoy my food and eat what I wanted to when I wanted to. So to all you mummy’s to be reading this, I hope you truly embrace your pregnancy because although 9 months seems like a lifetime, It really does fly and I really do miss my bump now. Big hugs.Charlotte xoxo

For years and years, fitness has been my passion. The feeling after a good work out is very hard to top and was one I craved on a reglar basis. Not only did releasing those endorphins make me feel on top of the world no matter what mood I was in, but it made me realise that I was in control of my body and I had the power to change it through diet and exercise. As a result, I was always relatively happy with my Physique. Then suddenly, I was growing another human and my body began to change day by day and I had to let that happen. I was extremely lucky with my pregnancy and didn’t have any morning sickness (thank god, not sure I would have coped with that) and can honestly say that once I embraced the fact that my belly was going to grow and grow, I began to love being pregnant. It still baffles me to this day how incredible the female body is and I became fascinated with the ‘Baby Centre’ app that I downloaded which kept me up to date with how our baby was growing and had the answer to a lot of questions that were running through my mind on a daily basis. One thing I did do was listen to my body. At first this was hard as I was always so used to being 100 miles an hour, and although I continued exercising as I had been, I decided to really slow down in my 2nd trimester and I stopped doing my classes (RikaShake – a high intensity rebounder class and Rikaflex – a routine based dumbbell work out) as I was starting to feel really uncomfortable doing a lot of the moves. So I just started some yoga at home following some YouTube videos, concentrated on my breathing in preparation for labour and started walking more. My bump grew quite fast and people used to comment on ‘how big’ I had got, which is exactly what a pregnant woman wants to hear right? πŸ˜‚ I didn’t have any weird cravings, I just wanted a LOT of food which I guess isn’t too much of a change from how I was before I was pregnant. πŸ˜‚ And I decided that, for once in my life I wasn’t going to worry about watching what I eat, I was going to ensure I gave our baby the nutrients he needed but also wanted to be able to enjoy my food and eat what I wanted to when I wanted to. So to all you mummy’s to be reading this, I hope you truly embrace your pregnancy because although 9 months seems like a lifetime, it really does fly and I really do miss my bump now. Big hugs.

Charlotte xoxo

Charlotte Neill
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