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Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Belly Bandit before and after
It's no surprise that having 2 babies in the space of 2 years wreaks havoc on your figure. After having Ella I found myself looking back at photos of myself from years past and thinking 'I wish I was as fat as I thought I was then' when I was probably 2 dress sizes smaller, had a flatter tummy with flawless skin - not a single stretch mark in sight yet still miserable about my appearance. It's crazy.

I have really felt the pressure both times bounce back in my early post partum days. Is it because of the celebrity culture that we are consumed by on a daily basis? For most, it probably is but for me I just wanted to feel like the old Ash. If you don't already know, I suffered with HG in both of my pregnancies which is severe vomitting all day every day and albeit I lost weight being pregnant due to the sickness, I felt I lost myself a little. I didn't feel like me and I didn't recognise myself in the mirror. My body was changing, my life was changing & I felt awful 99% of the time. The only thing that kept me going was knowing there was a positive outcome at the end and that there was an end to this in the first place. But anyway I'm rambling on about HG which is a whole blog post in itself which I will get round to writing eventually but for now it's all still too raw and I'm not in the right headspace to really open up about it.

I made a promise to myself that after having Charlie I would do my best to try and get back into shape especially since this is probably going to be our last baby and we also have our wedding next year - eek. After doing a lot of research I realised that those changes need to start as soon as you give birth and the best way to train your body back into place is by using a Belly Bandit training band.

The belly bandit is a huge stretchy piece of fabric that secures round your tummy with velcro. It helps to guide your split stomach muscles back to their pre-pregnancy position and flatten your stomach at the same time. I've heard horror stories of new mums saying their stomach muscles went back but trained outwards meaning they always feel about 3 months pregnant. Although you can fix this, it's just extra work that you don't need when you're trying to get into shape after having a baby.

I've taken some before and after pictures which to be honest I'm beyond nervous to share with you. I'm embarrassed at the before picture and although I'm pleased with the results of the Belly Bandit I feel I'm putting myself out there to be scrutinised and judged for my post baby body. I feel vulnerable but happy to share how much of a difference the belly bandit has made for me.

Belly Bandit before and after

I must admit I do accredit the majority of my weightloss to breastfeeding as I have been living on a diet of tea & cake for the past 2 months which will soon change now I am allowed to go back to the gym and kickstart my healthy eating for summer. But with this being said I haven't put on any weight, I've actually lost over a stone since having Charlie which I am pleased about but I have a whole long way to go before I'm finally happy with my figure. Although in saying that, will we ever be happy with what we've got? Probably not! It's not all about what's on the scales though, for me it's how I feel in my clothes. I want to be comfortable and happy to wear a t-shirt and jeans and not worry about my muffin top spilling over as I lift up the kids. I also want to be healthy enough to run about with them at the park and look after myself because I feel I owe it to them as their mummy to make sure I'm fit & well. Obviously I'd love a toned flat stomach and I'm sure if I work hard I could get there. There's got to be an element of life balance though and I'm afraid I just love dunking biscuits in my tea more than running on the treadmill...

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