3-plan, web site and PregnancyFit 250 app reviewed on MummyRated, eeeek!

I was lucky enough to make contact with Tia who runs Mummy Rated a few weeks ago. She kindly said she would review my book, app and web site. Feeling a bit nervous I put the book in the post and hope she liked it…..

Thankfully she did and you can read her full review on Mummy Rated here

She says:

“Although Beth is nearly 3, I still jumped at the chance to review The 3-Plan Pregnancy and Postnatal Exercise Plan book, Bump2Mum website and PregnancyFit 250 iPhone app.

The Bump2Mum Fitness website is fresh, clean and really easy to navigate and covers everything you need to know about health and fitness in pregnancy.

It’s really easy to find exercises that are suitable for you depending on where you are in your pregnancy or how long ago you had your baby.  For each stage it gives a summary of how you may be feeling and some safety tips and example exercises.  You can also download your exercise journal for example to keep track of your exercises.

The website and book author Lucie Brand comes across as being passionate about helping mums keep fit in pregnancy and little things like being open to hear from mums about what information they would like to see on her site is just one way that her passion shines through.

In the same way the website is crisp, clean and concise so is the PregnancyFit 250 iPhone app.  The app offers daily tips, myth busters, ability to browse tips, and view tips by topic: body and ailments, exercise, diet and nutrition, staying sane and lifestyle and practical.”

It is really nice to get an independent opinion about what I am writing. I really hope this will inspire other women to have confidence in my knowledge and advice.

 

 

Working mums healthier than stay-at-home mothers?

I have just been reading this article in the Telegraph: Working mums are healthier than those who stay at home, new research suggests.

It says Moms who work full time are healthier at age 40 than stay-at-home moms, moms who work part time, or moms who have some work history, but are repeatedly unemployed, according to a new research from University of Akron Assistant Sociology Professor Adrianne Frech. “Work is good for your health, both mentally and physically. It gives women a sense of purpose, self-efficacy, control and autonomy. They have a place where they are an expert on something, and they’re paid a wage,” said Frech.

The article makes some interesting points. I don’t think anyone can say that it is the right thing or the wrong thing for a mum to go to work; it all depends on the circumstances of that woman and that family. It is however, nice to see a positive spin for mums that are working hard. It must be a good thing for the children concerned if their mum is more healthy mentally and physically?

My app PregnancyFit 250 is live on the apple App store!

I can’t believe it – after months of hard work writing and developing the app it is now live for everyone to buy around the world! I wrote the app to be a useful tool for women in pregnancy; not just about exercise (although there are tons of tips about exercise!) but also about making sure you are getting all the right elements in your diet, you know what is going on with your (often strange) body and are mentally and practically prepared for the challenges ahead. I hope you like it and share it with your friends. More detail below…..

All the information you need for a fit, healthy pregnancy.

This pregnancy app gives you a daily tip, fact or snippet covering EVERYTHING you need to know about exercise, diet, staying sane, lifestyle and your body during pregnancy. You can view one a day, read them all in one go, search for something you are interested in or browse by category. Most tips are related to that point of your pregnancy, some are just plain interesting!

Includes:

  • what types of exercise are safe during pregnancy, including classes, types, equipment and how much you can do safely
  • exercise ideas
  • what you should and shouldn’t eat
  • common ailments and advice
  • what to expect from your changing body
  • lifestyle tips
  • recommendations for health, fitness and nutrition
  • postnatal advice
  • ideas to calm your mind
  • tips about labour and birth
  • practical tips
  • five myths busted

Tips are divided into five categories:

  • Body and common ailments
  • Exercise and fitness
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Headspace and wellbeing
  • Lifestyle and practical

You can read what a Midwife of 20 years said and see some example tips on the app page.

Trimester 3 pregnancy exercise tips – thanks Reese!

What a great role model Reese Witherspoon is! (Daily Mail) It’s great to see celebrities setting a good example and keeping fit and healthy during pregnancy. This is why so many of them get back into shape so quickly – not magic! Just a sensible consistent exercise plan (and probably very healthy diet) during pregnancy! Reese is in the later stage of her pregnancy now so would have gradually reduced the duration and intensity of her workouts over the last few months. Here’s a few other pointers for trimester 3 exercise:

  • It’s really important not to stop exercising in trimester 3; all those hard earned benefits to you and your baby will be lost!
  • be mindful of your changing body and growing bump
  • Keep moves slow and controlled
  • Avoid standing or laying still for long periods
  • Keep transitions (from standing to floor) slow and measured
  • You may want to consider some lower impact alternatives if your normal moves are becoming too hard
  • Remember you should be able to hold a conversation while working out – you are not training for a personal best!
  • Always listen to your body and stop exercising if anything doesn’t feel right
  • Try and continue with a combination of light cardio and resistance training to keep your muscles fit and strong
  • Try and work your core and pelvic floor daily
  • Not long to go now! Try and find some time to relax too and mentally prepare for the exciting events ahead. Good luck x
For an exercise plan developed for all 3 trimesters of pregnancy and 9 months after you have had your baby (to get you looking even better than before!) check out The 3-Plan: Your Complete Pregnancy and Postnatal Exercise Plan.

Olympic women are great body role models

How refreshing to turn on the TV and see these natural, healthy, super-fit beauties as an antidote to all those perma-tanned, fake, vacuous celebs that we a usually bombarded with?!

Having a young daughter I am very conscious of the pressure on women (and young girls unfortunately) to look ‘perfect’. This is often accompanied by the desire to be famous despite lacking any talent.

These accomplished sportswomen are much better role models – dedicated, hard working, healthy and fit. I will put these women up alongside those that are successful in other disciplines as aspirational figures for my daughter. If only we didn’t have to compete with the media!

She might not even like sports, and that’s ok too, I hated PE at school and didn’t get into fitness until later on. As long as she is happy in her own skin and doesn’t feel those pressures to look like a clone and has her own ambitions and individuality I would have done my job ok.