It’s very rewarding to do things for ourselves
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