It’s very re­ward­ing to do things for our­selves

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A new baby sparked a fit­ness busi­ness for Jen Du­gard, who says mums need time to do some­thing for them­selves, not just their kids. She says: “I started Body Beyond Baby in 2008 when my son Mar­ley, now 10, was three months old. I was al­ready a per­sonal trainer but I found at the gym some new mums weren’t sure how to ap­proach fit­ness.

So I started to work out with mums and their kids in a lit­tle groups in Cen­ten­nial Park. But I found I needed to con­cen­trate on my clients and they needed time away from their kids to fo­cus, so we started of­fer­ing nan­nies on-site.

I think it can be very re­ward­ing when we start do­ing lit­tle things for our­selves, to not just feel like some­one’s mum. I think we can get lost in the depths of moth­er­hood and lose parts of our­selves. So when we feel the de­sire to do some­thing for our­selves again, es­pe­cially in busi­ness, it can feel over­whelm­ing and you don’t quite know where to start.

I tried to do it all — the kid jug­gling, thee work­ing when they slept ... but in n the end and as they get older ev­ery­oneery­one gets frus­trated with that. I try ry to leave work at work.

I think mum­sums of­ten put them­selves last. Af­ter hav­ing their baby they sud­denly feel el they’re not as im­por­tant. t. They may feel over­whelmed ed and put them­selves ves at the bot­tom of the pile. But if you’reou’re con­fi­dent and nd feel fit and healthy then n you can take e on all the things you wanted to doo be­fore you were a mum.” m.” Jen Du­gard with her kids In­dia and Mar­ley

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