Petite but strong!
Here’s how fiesty Nicola Kuok Wheeler keeps herself fit and healthy with her adorable 3-year-old. By Ishita Agrawal (ACE-certified personal trainer, instructor at FitFor2 and Rebel Bootcamp coach)
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
I was a curator of Islamic art and education in museums both local and abroad. I am now a wife and a mom to my crazy, wonderful, fun 3-year-old and a freelance museum consultant.
YOU’RE A STAY-AT-HOMEMOM. WHAT’S A TYPICAL DAY LIKE GIVEN YOU HAVE A 3-YEAR-OLD AND YOUR HUSBAND TRAVELS SO MUCH.
Every day is such a blessing and an adventure. It is an absolute privilege to be a stay at home mom. A typical day starts with breakfast together. Our mornings are packed with preschool, house errands and frequenting our favorite haunt, ‘ Fit For 2’ for my ‘ Yummy Mummy’ fitness class, catching up with friends and fabulous food. Afternoons are for play dates, visits to grandma, reading books, arts & crafts and trips to the park. When daddy is home, our time together is made more precious and memorable as we plan activities further afield and really get to appreciate being a family.
“Ladies, please step away from the scale and listen to your body. You’re already dealing with enough.”
YOU HAD SOME DIFFICULTIES CONCEIVING. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR COUPLES CONSIDERING IVF?
Without sugar-coating it, IVF was a rollercoaster experience. It takes its toll on couples physically and emotionally. It can get challenging if you aren’t prepared for all that weight gain, which often comes with a fertility drug regimen. So ladies, please step away from the scale and listen to your body. Be kind to yourself. You’re already dealing with enough.
DID IVF CHANGE YOUR FITNESS ROUTINE?
IVF did affect my workout schedule both before and after the procedure, though I feel most of it may have been physiological. When you go though any process that involves medical aid, you do tend to err on the side of caution.
WHAT’S YOUR MESSAGE TO WOMEN WAITING TO SEE DOUBLE LINES ON THE TEST KIT?
There are many conflicting sources of literature on what we should or shouldn’t do when trying to get pregnant. The well intended but sometimes unwarranted advice from family and friends just adds to theis pressure, and may often be the reason why couples clam up. Waiting for those double lines is one of the hardest parts. Talk to your spouse, go on holidays and do what makes you happy and keeps you distracted.