The next chapter… Motherhood!

I am sat here waiting for my little man to wake up for his midnight feed, reflecting on the last 13 weeks that I’ve been off work, embarking on a new chapter of my life… Motherhood.

Bump ShotI finished work at the beginning of July and was awaiting the arrival of a baby (at this point not knowing that he was going to be a he)! Sensing my impatience, Teddy Ray Chapman came 10 days early and this is when my world changed forever (alongside my vagina!!)

No exercise session will ever compare to childbirth, however I do think my fitness background helped with the mental element of labour. My marathon/triathlon mindset got me through each contraction and each push as if it were another mile to the race.

After 10 weeks of sleepless nights, endless nappy changes and learning about a whole new love that I didn’t think was possible, I am about to embark on working life as a mummy.

I have missed exercise more than I ever realised I would and naively, didn’t think it would be this tough to restart. My muscles are weaker (mainly referring to my pelvic floor muscles, which I can honestly say don’t think will let me ever perform a star jump again). My used-to-be toned bits are now wobbly. And my once small boobs are now swollen and decide to randomly leak as I come to an end of breastfeeding!

Time permitting, I will keep you posted with my journey back into fitness and share with you the differences I find with not only juggling the work/home life balance but with my body changes too.

And 5, 6, 7, 8…. Let’s go!


Lorna Catchpole


  1. Lucy   Ã¢Â€Â¢  

    Why give up breastfeeding so early. Not only does it burn an extra 500 calories per day but it reduces your risk of cancer both ovarian abd breast. And nourishes your baby better than any other kind alternative. Your milk is perfect for your baby.

    • Lorna Catchpole   Ã¢Â€Â¢     Author

      Every woman has her own views and reasons on how to feed and look after their child. Thanks for reading the blog

  2. Laura   Ã¢Â€Â¢  

    Loved reading this! Thank you for making me chuckle on a Monday morning. Every mum can relate to the sheer horror of meeting your jello tummy after having a baby (I kept poking mine just to see the ripple effect) and having to learn not to laugh too hard the first few weeks after giving birth coz your pelvic floor muscles have evaporated! Not to mention the whole porn star effect when you stop breastfeeding (“don’t even look at them they hurt that much!!!”)
    Being a full time working mum I know how hard it is to find a good work/home balance but I’m sure you will. Your little dude is gorgeous and I look forward to reading more updates! Xx

  3. Emma   Ã¢Â€Â¢  

    Amazing to be feeding for this long I only managed 3 weeks!! Great blog and getting the work life balance is so hard. Didn’t think I would have to cross my legs to sneeze before I was 60 let alone 30!!!

  4. Sue   Ã¢Â€Â¢  

    ha ha ha .. so funny and yet so true ! 🙂 if you are worried about star jumps. You won’t want to go near a trampoline !!!! :O hee hee .. I could only breastfeed both my children for about 9/10 weeks.. I didn’t produce enough to satisy them.. 🙂 xxx

  5. Julie   Ã¢Â€Â¢  

    What a lovely blog! It was great to see you back tonight – working us harder than ever! I’ve missed you and your cheery but hard as nails encouragement!
    Your pelvic floor will improve for sure – you were so fit to start off with which is sure to help – and you’ll be star jumping again before you know it!!

    And everything – all the little niggles and stretch marks and scars – all melt into insignificance because you’ve got your little boy that you’d do anything for!!!

    Motherhood is the absolute best!

  6. Helen   Ã¢Â€Â¢  

    Go Girl Go!
    That body has done amazing things!
    You are awesome x

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