I’ve always been a fitness fanatic. I’ve been in the fitness industry for 8 years as a Personal Fitness Trainer, Group Trainer, Fitness Model and a Miss Bikini Fitness Model Champion. I also knew that one day when I decided to become pregnant, I would still be extremely active and wouldn’t put on any additional weight. Before falling pregnant I was a size 4 (the smallest I’ve ever been) extremely lean, strong and toned. I was at my peak! I was training 6 times a week and 3 times a day. I was working as a Personal Trainer and working out with my clients regularly to motivate them. I was so fit and healthy and I was determined to stay super active during my pregnancy. At eight weeks I couldn’t even stand up without feeling dizzy and my heart pounding in my throat. I had a check up with a physician and was put on bed rest until the condition improved. It didn’t. I had to move slowly to prevent my heart rate from elevating. I was so determined to stay active, taking slow walks each day. Unfortunately it wasn’t long before at 12 weeks my pelvis had shifted. It was excruciating to walk. I later suffered from recurrent kidney infections which meant that I had to be on bed rest during my whole pregnancy. This was so difficult to explain to others. I couldn’t exercise! It was difficult to swallow those words, I knew in my heart that I was doing this for my little angel. My little boy who had filled my heart with so much love and joy. I went into early labor which resulted in an emergency c-section. Having a c-section makes it more challenging to get back into your pre-pregnancy exercise routine. It took surprisingly enough two months for me to heal. Three months later I could work out at the same intensity as before my pregnancy. Muscle memory played a big part. I hadn’t lost any strength… definition and lean, toned curves…yes. After 4 weeks of exercising regularly I started slowly seeing my muscle tone coming back. I’ve been taking this journey slowly, allowing my body to heal properly and not affecting my milk supply. Remember it takes 9 months to gain the weight, you need to give yourself the same amount of time to lose it. Not all women are blessed with super genes that they can jump into their pre-pregnancy jeans two weeks after giving birth. We all gain weight differently during pregnancy. Our body also gains weight and stores it away in case we need to break it down to increase our energy levels in order to produce more milk. Remember breastfeeding takes a lot of calories to produce. Learn to love your new body and embrace the change, while becoming lean, fit and healthy. Follow my journey and find out how.