There are those who think that just giving birth and managing to survive with a baby is enough (and it is) and there’s those who are no sooner out of hospital before they’re pulling on their trainers and working out their post-baby meal plans. We’ve pulled together all the best gifts for mums who are looking to get fit, eat right and look after their sanity. After all, happy mum, happy baby.
This book should actually be on every busy person’s bookcase. Why? Anna Jones understands that time is of the essence and so these recipes have wonderful indications of how long each recipe takes to make. And unlike Jamie Oliver’s 15 minute meals, these don’t lie. So even if your little one only naps for 40 minutes, that’s plenty of time to cook your meal and eat it. That is, unless you’re napping of course!
Buy a Modern Way to Cook for £9.99 and give the gift of easy to cook, nutritious meals.
This is a must-have for running mums. It’s simple and easy to use – it’s a band which sits on top of your sports bra and provides support for your breasts, horizontally and vertically. Not all sports bras can eliminate bounce entirely and especially when your breasts get bigger, this can be uncomfortable. Inspire your fit mum to get running again!
The Booband costs £20 and is available in 2 sizes and in black or pink.
You’re a true friend indeed if you get this for someone. After all, it’s a very PERSONAL personal trainer. Elvie is a device which helps work the pelvic floor muscles in a fun and engaging way.
The Elvie costs £149 and only takes a few minutes to set-up.
Walking isn’t necessarily the most fun way to get fit, but it’s a start. Give a pedometer as a gift to help someone start their post-pregnancy journey. It’s a gentle but effective way to keep fit.
The CSX Walking pedometer costs £13.99 and comes with a lanyard so you can attach it to your clothing or wear it around your neck.
Remind your friend that it’s all about eating better, sweating more and making sure she BREATHES, with our Eat Sweat Breathe hoodie, available in 2 colours. It features a cosy thumbhole, waffle-lined hood and roomy kangaroo pouch with a secret inner pouch for keys and coins.
The Eat Sweat Breathe hoodie costs £35 and is exclusively available from Healthy Living London.
Lululemon have a hi-rise range of leggings which are a GODSEND for new mums. Yes, they look funky but at the same time, their extra high waistband supports and covers the stomach area which can help mums regain confidence in their body and feel great too. Plus, they’re made from a mix of Luon (four-way stretch material) and lycra for better fit.
Buy Wunder Under Pants from £82. They’re available in 16 different colours and patterns.
When you’re a new mum trying to exercise, you want it to be as easy as possible, right? These Verve Life earbuds are entirely wireless so there’s no getting tangled in wires and nothing for babies to grab making working out an absolute pleasure. They connect to your phone by Bluetooth so set-up takes a few seconds and you can even answer calls.
The Verve Life Ones Plus earbuds cost from £179.95 and are water and sweat-proof too.
Trust us, these are hands you want on you! With Maureen working on your feet and Emma soothing your head and face, you’ll soon forget that your little one woke up every 2 hours the night before and that you’ve got nothing sorted for supper. In fact, you had better watch out because you may fall asleep (it can happen). Double the relaxation for half the amount of time, this is perfect for mums who don’t have much time for pampering. You can even bring your baby with you!
4 Handed Reflexology is available from the Canonbury Natural Health Clinic, a few minutes walk from Highbury & Islington station and costs £150 for an hour.
One of the best Christmas gifts you can buy a new mum are fitness sessions that are safe and effective. Studio One has several classes that are ideal for reshaping post-baby bodies and strengthening weakened muscles. Before any new mum takes a class, they are given a free assessment so that they know how pregnancy and birth has affected their body and what adaptations, if any, they must make when exercising.
See their website for more information on the classes available for new mums and to book sessions.
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