Getting beyond baby body shape

PRE and post-natal fitness professionals from the Body Beyond Baby affiliate team across Australia and New Zealand are starting a campaign that focuses on mums embracing their shape after child birth, with a free mum’s training session to be held in Hobart.

Personal trainer specialising in post-natal fitness Sheridan Carthew-Wakefield said the campaign and event was about taking the pressure off mums to feel as though they had to get back to a pre-baby body or achieve a certain aesthetic after they had become a mum.

“We’re trying to take the focus off goals that are based around weight loss and more focusing on rebuilding them from the inside out,” she said.

Negative thoughts on body image for women is common throughout Australia, with almost two-thirds of Australian women spending a lot of time thinking about weight and body shape.

A further nearly three quarters wish they could change the way they look.

Ms Carthew-Wakefield said new mums face a lot of challenges and wanted the event to empower women and help them put an end to their post-pregnancy body.

“There needs to be more motivation reasons behind mums exercising rather than it just being because they’re feeling ashamed of how they look,” she said.

“We want to hold the event as a sign of solidarity and that there are more important things to focus on in that time of a women’s life.”

The #nomoreprebabybody Hobart Mums training session will be held in Sandy Bay on Saturday 19 October.

It is encouraged to bring comfortable active wear, sweat towel and water bottle.

For more information, email sheridan@myfitmumma.com.au

Caption: Post-natal fitness personal trainer Sheridan Carthew-Wakefield with her seven-year-old daughter Ingrid.

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