New mum, new look

Baby Am­ber in­spires ac­tion

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ian Bunting

When Claire Flem­ing was told she was preg­nant her un­bri­dled joy was tem­pered by con­cerns over her health.

The Air­drie mum had been suf­fer­ing with weight is­sues for the pre­vi­ous few months and was warned she was at risk of de­vel­op­ing di­a­betes.

The lit­tle bun­dle of joy grow­ing in­side her was al­ways go­ing to add to her weight, but Claire ad­mits to “us­ing her preg­nancy as an ex­cuse” to “live off un­healthy meals” while pil­ing on the pounds and de­vel­op­ing high blood pres­sure.

But the arrival of daugh­ter Am­ber in­spired Claire to do some­thing about her weight and, de­spite un­cer­tainty over her suit­abil­ity to join the pro­gramme af­ter just giv­ing birth, Claire re­ceived a “cru­cial boost” when wel­comed into the fold by Slim­ming World.

The im­pres­sive results since then have seen Claire lose more than twoand-a-half stone in just 14 weeks af­ter join­ing the group at Cairn­lea Church hall.

Claire told the Ad­ver­tiser: “My BMI be­fore fall­ing preg­nant was in the obese cat­e­gory and I suf­fered with high blood pres­sure to­wards the end of my preg­nancy.

“I had been un­happy with my weight prior to fall­ing preg­nant, but used preg­nancy as an ex­cuse to live off pizza and chips.

“I knew I had to make a change as I was at risk of de­vel­op­ing Type 2 di­a­betes and my mo­ti­va­tion was to be a healthy mum to my daugh­ter.”

Claire started Slim­ming World when Am­ber was just two-weeks-old, not re­al­is­ing the pro­gramme would have been suit­able through­out her preg­nancy.

She con­tin­ued: “On my first night I was wel­comed into the group by con­sul­tant Sharon [McGin­ness] who made me feel re­ally at ease.

“I told her I was breast­feed­ing and she gave me a book­let to en­sure I ate enough healthy ex­tras like low fat cheese, as cal­cium is very im­por­tant when breast­feed­ing.

“The book­let is sup­ported by the Royal Col­lege of Mid­wives, so I felt con­fi­dent that the plan was healthy and suit­able for me.”

Claire added: “It re­ally works for my fam­ily and I, and my hus­band Craig has fully sup­ported my jour­ney by help­ing cook Slim­ming World­friendly meals; as a re­sult, he has also lost some weight.

“In 14 weeks I’ve lost more than two stone. I en­joy stay­ing at group as there is great sup­port and ideas as we are all on the same jour­ney to im­prove our health and feel bet­ter about our­selves.”

Con­sul­tant Sharon McGin­ness added: “A lot of women don’t know that you are able to fol­low the Slim­ming World pro­gramme while preg­nant or breast­feed­ing, but Claire is a shining ex­am­ple of how this works so ef­fec­tively.

“She has done su­perbly since join­ing and is so de­lighted to be more healthy for her daugh­ter.

“Claire is a won­der­ful mum and a real in­spi­ra­tion to oth­ers.”

Sharon runs Slim­ming World groups in St Ed­ward’s and Cairn­lea churches, on Thurs­days from 5.30pm to 7.30pm and Mon­days from 7.30pm re­spec­tively; call 07736 932345 for more de­tails.

Time for change Claire Flem­ing Baby joy Claire, with lit­tle Am­ber

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