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July 21, 2018

Would you like to be able to get back to shape after having a child? Find inspiration in an interview with Helen, a mum of two boys, who kindly shared her story with us.

I have to admit that I’m inspired and admire you because of the way how quickly you got back to shape after having your second baby. What have you done?

That's kind of you to say! I've still got some way to go to reach my pre-baby weight, but bushwalking has definitely helped me get on the right track. I started walking with bub in the sling when he was around 5 weeks old. He loves to sleep in the carrier, so we often walk during his morning nap.

Am I right that you’ve also mentioned that you felt much better spending time outdoors?

When you have a young baby, it's easy to confine yourself to spending time at home. But getting out and about has so many benefits, both for you and bub. It is also a great activity to do with friends!

Helen - bushwalking mum of two boys

Where do you usually walk?

Living in Adelaide, there is no shortage of wonderful places to walk. Some of our favourite walks include the Waterfall Hike at Belair, the Measdays loop at Cleland, and the walk between Hallett Cove and Seacliff.

How much time or km do you spend outside every week?

We tend to walk around three times per week, usually for 1.5 hours, or 8km.

What would you recommend to other mums?

Giving birth is no small undertaking and the first few months with a new baby can be tough, so give your body time to recover and start slowly. See what works for you and bub. Invest in a comfortable baby carrier and ensure it's properly fitted, especially if you are going to be walking regularly. And most importantly, enjoy yourself!

Thank you Helen for your time.

Helen is the mum of a 2.5-year-old toddler and a four-month-old baby. She loves her soft carrier for the youngest. Her husband uses a baby hiking carrier to carry their older son.

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