New mum Cerys is still a bikini champion
AFITNESS- MAD mum has defended her British bikini champion title just six months after giving birth to her ‘miracle baby’.
Cerys Dawes, 25, managed to juggle nursing her young baby boy, Roman, while training for her big return to the stage as a bikini competitor.
The Middleton mum first got the buzz for bikini competitions when she started training in the gym with her body builder partner Dave Finnigan in 2015.
Similar to body-building, the ‘bikini’ category merits competitors based on their muscletone, curves and overall ‘beach body’ type.
Cerys was a natural and found that by sticking to strict training plan and diet of six meals a day, she rapidly started to build muscle.
She won her first British bikini title in November 2015 after whittling herself down from a size 14-16 to a lean size 6-8.
But soon after her win, Cerys, who had been told as a teen she would struggle to conceive, discovered she was pregnant.
Bikini competitions were put on hold and in October 2016, Cerys and Dave welcomed a healthy baby boy, Roman Finnigan, into the world.
“I was absolutely gobsmacked when I found out I was pregnant,” she said.
“I’d had a number of abdominal problems since I was 16 and was told I could probably never have children.
“It might have been because I was so fit and healthy from training that I fell pregnant. It was a miracle.”
Still keen to keep in shape, Cerys eased herself back into training and within six months had snapped back into competitiion- winning form.
Cerys entered the NAC competition to boost her own confidence, but to her shock she impressed the judges once again, and won her category.
She said: “I was absolutely huge when I was pregnant. I looked like I was having twins.
“I relaxed for about six weeks after giving birth and then eased myself in by training on the bike for 30 minutes to an hour a day.
“I didn’t start training again because I felt under pressure to lose weight. I wanted to start training again for myself and to show that it can be done.
“I am a big believer that if you put your mind to something, you can do anything.
“For some mums, their outlet is going out with their friends at the weekend.
“For me, it’s having an hour to myself in the gym in the evening. I just never imagined I would go back and win again.
“I genuinely feel like I am a better, more wellrounded mother for doing it.”
Cerys, a nursery assistant, is hoping to defend her title again in November later this year but for now will be focussing on family time.
Cerys back on winning form baby Roman and partner Dave
Cerys back on winning form