5 Mums share their postpartum fitness journey with The Healthy Mummy

Share this article

Read real life stories from Mums who did the 28 Day Weight Loss challenge postpartum and how they made it work for them.

The 5 star ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Rated Healthy Mummy App contains a nutritionists developed Pregnancy Meal Plan –  fully customisable to suit your family, expert fitness trainer Pregnancy Workouts for the different stages of pregnancy before and after. My Coach in-app to keep you motivated, plus complete libraries with 6,000+ Family Friendly Recipes and over 500 Guided Workout Videos.

A Customisable Postpartum Program from home developed by experts. Postpartum safe exercises, recipes and 24/7 support so you can get back to what you love.

– Pelvic floor & baby wearing exercises
– Postpartum core strength recovery
– Nutritionally balanced meal plans
– 24/7 Support from our motherhood community

Read postpartum stories from real mums below who share their own experience with The Healthy Mummy Postpartum program.

  • Tips 
  • Favourite recipes 
  • Advice for other new mums 

Amy Harper’s postpartum fitness journey

Amy shares, “I’m currently embarking on my 2nd postpartum Healthy Mummy journey. and had a successful experience after the birth of my 1st baby too.”

Amy’s top tips! 

In the postpartum phase, make sure you are ready! It’s ok not to go all in straight away, baking a baby is a huge job and making sure you’ve had time to recover is important, but you will know when the time is right.  

I think it’s important to make changes gradually. Luckily I was using the recipes already and had some freezer stock so my nutrition was relatively easy to maintain. You need plenty of yummy and healthy foods after giving birth to help healing.

I recommend stocking up the freezer when you are able to, the nesting phase is great for this, or just cooking extra to freeze when you cook regular meals on the lead up to having your baby.  

Start with walking and the postpartum exercises to get your groove back on. The post-natal program is great for focusing on pelvic floor in a safe way!  

Why Amy chose the Healthy Mummy?

I think the Healthy Mummy is a great program to follow, the community is so supportive and having everything you need on an app is so motivating and leaves next to no excuses! 

There are also great family-friendly recipes, that are toddler approved in my house as well. 

Amy’s favourite Healthy Mummy recipes

We love the Spicy Pork Noodles, One Pot Spaghetti, Pizza Scrolls and Peanut Bubble Crunch as a treat! It also gets my girls in the kitchen with me learning about food and getting excited for what they are eating.  

Amy’s advice for other new mums on how to succeed and keep at it

I am a stickler for routine and the app gives me all the tools I need to be organised. Especially this year since my 2 year old takes a packed lunch to kindy. It makes so much difference to be able to organise meals and plan out my week ahead.

If I didn’t have the Healthy Mummy app for my postpartum journey, I know for sure I would feel very unprepared.

Having easy recipes to make means I always have healthy snacks and meals to reach for, meaning I have a full tummy and can better manage my days running after 2 under 2 and running a business.

Claire Ellen’s postpartum fitness journey

Claire shares, “I had great success last year with a 9kg loss in 6 months postpartum pregnancy.”

Claire’s top tips

Start with calculating your BMR.

Really think about your ‘why’ and write down small micro goals – steps, water intake, pick a meal time to focus on, increase energy

Why Claire chose The Healthy Mummy? 

It is a holistic lifestyle program that works for the whole family. You can do little parts of eating or focus on refining all aspects of your life. It gave me something positive to focus on postpartum and I felt better for moving and nourishing my body with other like minded women.

What worked for Claire

Adapting the Meal plan to suit our budget, time availability and setting up realistic expectations around what I could achieve, especially meal prep wise with a new baby.

I loved being able to conveniently have a smoothie and also track my water intake.

The app workouts can be done at home and I felt better for keeping myself accountable. Even if I didn’t close all my rings every day, I knew I was on the right path and had the support of the Healthy Mummy community

Claire’s favourite Healthy Mummy recipes 

Claire’s favourite Healthy Mummy recipes include Snickers Mousse, Enchiladas, Cashew, Chicken and Broccoli stirfry. ANY cheesecake recipes! Zucchini Slice, Stovetop Lasagna, and Spicier chickpea bowl.

I also really love the Super Greens for extra energy at the moment with baby number 2.

Claire’s advice for other new mums on how to succeed and keep at it 

Just start small and put one foot in front of the other with a meal plan and some sort of movement each day.

Check in with the Healthy Mummy FB community support page (even just to see what others are up to).

Show yourself some kindness and compassion and know that you are worthy of living a healthy life. Pick a few meals to try and even some Smoothies, you’ve got this! 

Jess Magill’s postpartum fitness journey

Jess’ top tips

Just start! Every single healthy choice is a step closer to where you want to be, you don’t need to start with a whole lot of pressure on yourself for everything to be perfect, just do what you’re able to do.

Start with a healthy breakfast every morning and drinking water like it’s your job. Once you’ve nailed that, tackle healthy lunches and snacks.

Dinner is always the last thing to change for me – It’s the trickiest to change in my opinion when there’s multiple people’s needs to meet so I focus on the easier-to-control meals first. 

You’re playing a long game here, it doesn’t all need to be perfect from day one! 

Why Jess chose The Healthy Mummy?

Breastfeeding was super important to me and no weight loss was worth compromising that, I loved that everything was feeding-friendly and I wasn’t on a ridiculously low-calorie intake that would affect my supply.

The Healthy Mummy support group was also a HUGE draw card for me – It was amazing seeing all these other mums working hard and smashing their goals and supporting one another! 

Amazing! The ONE thing these 5 mums did to lose 150+ kilograms between them!

What worked for Jess

For me, “guessing” doesn’t work. I need to measure and weigh out my portions to make sure I’m not overeating. I do not have time to do this every day, which means I need to be organised and get it done the night before/on Sunday when our groceries are delivered. 

Prep is crucial for me to stay on track, if I don’t have snacks or a lunch that I can grab and eat (usually on the go), then I will likely skip meals and binge later or eat snacky junk instead. 

Jess’ favourite Healthy Mummy recipes

Choc Chip Banana Bread is always in my freezer, as is the Caramel Slice. I love the Southwest Chicken Salad or Spinach and Ricotta Lasagna for lunch. Dinners we have on repeat are: Sausage and Veggie Pasta Bake, Easy Chicken Nachos, Meatball Subs and Chicken Tikka Koftas. 

I am a big Healthy Mummy Smoothie fan and have used them for 8+ years! I also really like the metabolism supplements

Jess’ advice for other new mums on how to succeed and keep at it

Brush off bad meals/days and keep going. Also, prep is key!

Rae Willingham’s postpartum fitness journey

I’ve had two Healthy Mummy postpartum experiences and they couldn’t have been more different if they tried.

 I used the Healthy Mummy to regain my fitness and reduce my weight after my 3rd baby and it was a relatively easy experience.

I felt really ready very soon after birth and slipped back into my pre-pregnancy habits very easily.

 My 4th was a whole different experience and it really messed with my head.

As much as I tried, I just couldn’t find my groove, and it made me feel very sad and frustrated for a long time.

The difference between the 2 experiences was my access to foundational resources I needed to be able to put effort in to my weight.

Health is a much broader umbrella than just weight loss and fitness and my second Healthy Mummy pregnancy (my fourth pregnancy) really taught me that.

Putting pressure on myself was very unhelpful and affected my mental health greatly. Your baby needs a healthy mum, not a slim one.

Rae’s top tips:

Rae postpartum

Focus on your sleep. Not necessarily the amount of sleep you’re getting, because that’s tough for most new mums, but the actual quality of sleep.

This can look like monitoring your water before bed, we all know the pelvic floor takes a beating when pregnant so avoid drinking too much water before bed.

Magnesium and DHA’s are great for helping you to get good quality sleep. Both are safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding.

The meditations on the app are really helpful for calming yourself before bed too.

Rae’s favourite Healthy Mummy recipes

Make bliss balls. And lots of them!

They’re truly the easiest one handed snack and you can pack them out with nuts and oats to hit those higher pregnancy and breastfeeding calories. They take only a few minutes to whizz up and most varieties can be stored in the pantry (or side of the bed!) for quick grabs. The Weetbix balls are a personal favourite of mine.

Make double batches of everything! Why make one when you can make one for dinner and one for lunch?!

My ultimate go-to’s were the Mexican Lasagne, Zucchini and Bacon Slice and the Stovetop Lasagne.

 Get yourself a tub of Healthy Mummy Smoothie mix, or many!

I lived on the Healthy Mummy Smoothies at breakfast for the first few months.

They are so quick to make up and are a fab one handed snack. It was lovely to know I was nourishing myself without having to expend a lot of effort.

Rae’s advice for other new mums on how to succeed and keep at it

My biggest piece of advice would be to make the effort.

I know it can feel like a stretch to make yourself a priority when you have a baby around but it’s truly worth it for all concerned.

We women are terrible at asking people to help us, but help is exactly what’s needed.

It doesn’t make you a failing Mum to need support, it makes you a wildly wonderful human for knowing that we were never supposed to do the postpartum journey alone.

 It was meant to be done surrounded by others.

 Take up space and ask to be included in a meal train, to have 30 minutes a day for a bath all to yourself, or to simply catch up on sleep.

Go gently with yourself whilst keeping your number one priority firmly connected to being the healthiest version of yourself, mind, body and soul. Not for your baby; but for yourself as a woman first. Because YOU matter. The mother matters.

Jacqui Gubb’s postpartum fitness journey

Jacqui’s top tips

Start small, make little changes that are realistic like focusing on water and food intake and tracking it. Do the same with exercise, I started with walking not even a kilometre, then gradually went further and further each time I went for a walk.

Why Jacqui chose Healthy Mummy? 

“I love that it’s so real, with other mums just like me. And because it’s such a huge community there are other women who have similar body shapes to me so I know it’s achievable”

What worked for Jacqui

Spending a whole day meal prepping isn’t realistic in my house so I just try to meal prep when I can which might include making extras at dinner or when I’m chopping up veggies chopping up extra so I can have as a snack throughout the week.

Jacqui’s favourite Healthy mummy recipes 

Curried sausages are a fave in our house and pretty much all of the Mexican inspired ones. I also love most of the smoothie recipes.

I love the Healthy Mummy smoothies, I’m not a morning person so being able to have a smoothie for breakfast is a big help and I know I’m getting the right nutrients to start my day.

Jacqui’s advice for other new mums on how to succeed and keep at it

It’s a rollercoaster of a journey, some days you’ll smash it and other days may feel overwhelming (especially when juggling work and mum life) but just start everyday a fresh and keep working on those little changes that may not seem major but in the long run it’s a massive help! 

Everyone’s journey is different so try not to compare yourselves to others, just keep doing what’s best for you and your family.

Thanks so much for sharing your stories ladies, we really appreciate your tips and advice for other new mums just starting on their postpartum journey with The Healthy Mummy.

Join the The Healthy Mummy New Mum & Pregnancy Support Group HERE

 

Developed by experts. Postpartum safe exercises, recipes and 24/7 support so you can get back to what you love.

Pelvic Floor & Baby Wearing Exercises
Postnatal safe guided workouts from professionals

Customise Your Meal Plan
Nutritionally balanced meals to support you and your family

Get motivated, stay motivated
With support from MyCoach and MindPower features

Feel Supported 24/7
In our motherhood community of 260,000+ mums

Recover Strong, Start Today
Share this article

Be part of our friendly and supportive community

Want FREE delicious recipes, fitness tips and great specials?