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)

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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.

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