‘You’re eating for two these days’.

Growing up, when I was first starting to become conscious of my body, weight and looks, I used to think to myself, ‘man, I can’t wait to be pregnant so I can eat anything I want and not care’. Fast forward 10 years with a real life baby growing inside of me and I’ve realised that simply isn’t the case. 

Yes, I may let myself have a few more treats than I did before I was preggers, but I’m conscious that I need to be nurturing my body, and my baby, as much as possible, so aim to keep my main meals full of veggies!


I’ve always been a breakfast person, but these days I wake up absolutely ravenous. 

My breakfast would normally consists of a bowl of oats, mixed berries, honey and peanut butter; all consumed at my desk. But as I was working from home on this particular day, I decided to make use of the extra time by making a nutritious home cooked breakfast (it’s always nice to mix it up a bit midweek).

So for breakfast today I had a 2 egg turmeric omelette with mashed avocado mixed with lemon, salt, and chilli flakes. Accompanied with a banana, peanut butter, and nut-milk shake. 


I’d love to say that breakfast filled me up, and it did for a while, but as I had my breakfast early (around 7am) I was hungry again by 11am so I decided to make myself a little snack. 

I had an Alpro soya yoghurt, and a small tangerine (I am obsessed with all things orange at the moment, in fact, it’s the only craving I’ve had during this pregnancy).


Most days I have lunch already prepped, ready to pop in the microwave and go, and today was no exception.

I had a small bowl of vegetable Paella from one of my current favourite books – ReNourish. I’m hoping to do a full review of this book once I’ve read from cover to cover, but for now I’ve tried several recipes and can honestly say I love each and everyone one of them.

Some healthy eating recipes contain an insane amount of ingredients, some of which simply aren’t store cupboard friendly, but this book contains a variety of easy to make recipes. This Paella recipe in particular will last you for days, I can easily get 6 or more meals out of it.

…today I topped it off with some rocket – gotta get those greens in.


Today we had some friends over, so ate quite late. We had another recipe from the ReNourish book – a delicious Shepherd’s pie topped with sweet potato and a side of veg. 

What I love about this book is that most of the recipes can be made with meat, or without. The Shepherd’s pie is a prime example and details the substitution. As you know I don’t eat meat, so made this with Quorn mince and lentils.

Choc O’clock! 

Before I fell pregnant I used to be quite strict with my treats, only allowing myself a square (or two) of dark chocolate during the week, but allowing myself to relax a little at the weekend.

Now I’m pregnant, I have released the chocolate fiend inside of me and allow myself to eat some everyday – without feeling guilty.

Today’s treat came in the form of a Malteser’s bunny – one of my favourites.

What do you eat in day? Do you allow yourself to have daily treats?

Should you be doing that? Are you harming the baby? You should be taking it easy… are just a few things I’ve seen bounded around the internet when browsing my favourite fit mamma’s Instagram accounts.

It seems that exercising whilst pregnant is still a contentious topic, with many questioning whether or not it can have a negative effect on your body and that of your unborn baby. 

Now I must add a disclaimer to say I’m not an expert and the following is just my opinion. If you want to learn more around the subject then please undertake your own research and always consult your doctor before taking up a new exercise routine, especially whilst pregnant.

Personally, I am of the opinion that exercising whilst pregnant can be beneficial. Providing you are fit and well, and are already well versed in your chosen exercise or sport, I see no reason to stop training.

As you all know my exercise routine consists of a high volume of weight training supported with short circuits, mainly made up of kettle bell and bodyweight exercises, for quick cardio bursts.

Now I can’t speak for all types of training and sports, but after doing and learning more about my preferred training style over the last five years, there are several things that I have taken into consideration since becoming pregnant. If you’re pregnant, and want to continue to exercise throughout, then the following points may be things you want to consider too…

  1. Listen to your body – This has to be top of my list… if something doesn’t feel right, I simply stop and don’t do it. You know your body better than anyone else, so tune in and listen up.
  2. Make modifications – Certain exercises require modifying. For example, burpees are now performed to a box and chest exercises are done upright rather than lay on my back.
  3. Decrease weights – When it comes to compound lifts I try not to go any heavier than 50% of my pre-pregnancy weights. Most days this seems to work, however, sometimes I need to listen to my body, rather than my ego, and go even lower than that. So take it day by day.
  4. Don’t max out – If I need to use a weight belt, wraps or ask for a spot then I’m probably pushing myself too hard. There’ll be plenty of time to smash some PB’s after the baby is born.
  5. Focus on form – Rather than smashing out weights as hard and as fast as I can, I try to make sure that my form is correct and I’m feeling the movement in the right parts of my body. So set yourself up properly and take it slow.

To finish off this post I thought it would be nice to reach out to my fellow bloggers (some of which happen to be excellent Personal Trainers) to get their thoughts on the subject. Find out what they had to say below.

Blogger, PT and personal friend, Emma, from Weights and Wine says: “As a PT currently qualifying in my pre and post natal I’ve seen a lot of advice and guidance on training intuitively and listening to your body. I think that’s key in pregnancy. Adapting your workouts and being confident in knowing what your body can do.” 

Blogger and Mum, Mary, from A healthier Moo commented: “I discovered that there were quite a lot of people who were not so keen on me continuing to run during my pregnancy last year. Mainly those from older generations. I wrote a post called ’14 things you should know about running during pregnancy’ on my blog at the time.” Find out more here.

Blogger and PT, Vicki, from Vicki Mellard PT advised: “As a PT that is qualified in Pre and Post Natal I think it is really beneficial both for the mum and the baby for her to keep as fit and healthy as she can, and exercise plays a part in it. It all depends on the individual and I would always say seek advice but if someone has trained before pregnancy they can do so whilst pregnant it’s all about making modifications and listening to your body. I have come across ladies who are scared to train because they are unsure of what to do but with my guidance they are able to do so with no harm. So yes it is ok as long as all is ok with the pregnancy & the mother feels confident and safe to do so, ask for help if needed.”  

PT and blogger Elizaflynn.co.uk said: “I work specifically with pre and natal clients and I’ve found with pregnancies, everyone is different – from their attitude to what they’ve previously done, to how fit they are currently, to their expectations etc. I agree that it’s wise to listen to your body but I would also say that one thing people can under-estimate is how much they should be stretching. it’s so easy to ‘over-stretch’ when you’ve got loads of relaxin in your body and you often don’t realise it until after. Anything which puts pressure internally is a big no-no.”

Blogger Helen from HelsBels commented: “I don’t think that there should be anything controversial about it – it’s beneficial to keep fit and healthy, it’s simply about respecting your limits and being a bit more cautious.”

GP and blogger, Jess, from Twins in Trainers says: “I’m a GP and find there’s not that much useful information for patients on exercising in pregnancy – it also definitely seems to divide opinions!”

Discover her awesome blog post on exercising and running in pregnancy here.

In a recent blog post blogger and fellow Mum-to-be, Alana, advised: “Don’t worry if you feel unfit. There’s various things going on that mean your heart might race just walking up the stairs and even one press up could feel hard, and that’s ok. In my case this didn’t really come as a surprise given the dramatic change in my exercise routine. My advice would be to not be disheartened and just take your time during your workout.” 

Check out her post on exercising in the first trimester here.

Are you a Mum-to-be? If so, I’d love to hear how you’re finding working out whilst pregnant in the comments below 👇👇👇


If you’re new years resolution has been to get your butt down to the gym more, but, like me, you’re struggling to find the time. It could be that you’re not being as productive with your time in the gym as you could be.

Flash back to when I first started this blog four years ago and you would have found me down at the gym most mornings smashing out a leisurely workout; having a catch up with friends, hitting some of my weaknesses after my workout, and still finding time for brunch with my gym buddies. Not any more. 

These days I’m lucky if I can spare a few evenings a week to head down to the gym, but that doesn’t have to be a negative. As long as you’re getting then most out of your time at the gym, you could smash an awesome workout out in as little as 45minutes.

So what are my tips for a successful workout?

Have a plan

When I head to the gym without a plan in place I know my workout is going to suffer. I pontificate over what I want to do, end up googling ‘fun’ exercises and workouts on the gym floor, and generally wasting time. 

Instead, if I spend some time prior to my workout to write down a structured plan I know exactly what I’m going to do when I set foot in the gym. From my goals for that session, exercises, reps, sets, and even rest periods. So set aside some time at the beginning of the week to plan for the week ahead, or before you leave for the gym, and I assure you your workout will be efficient.

Have a B plan

‘The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.’

The gym can get extremely busy, especially at this time of year, so it’s no use going in with a single plan – we all know a free squat rack is as rare as hens teeth! Waiting on machines can cause your heart rate to fall and your motivation to drop, so always have a few alternative exercises written down that you know you can sub in if needed.

Make it social 

Heading to the gym with a friend might not necessarily make your workout quicker (hello catch up) but if you’re as competitive as I am, it can encourage you to push that little bit harder.

Plus, if you take it in turns to plan alternate sessions it could help to relieve some of the pressure. So if one of you has some killer cardio moves and the other is a monster in the weights department  – make sure you play to those strengths.

Wear comfortable clothes

As a blogger I’m lucky enough to, sometimes, receive some fabulous workout gear in the post. However, there have been occasions when, not to sound ungrateful, I’ve been sent some not so great pieces to trial. From putting these items through their paces I’ve come to learn that wearing the wrong clothes in the gym can cause your workouts to suffer.

Too see through and you’ll be self conscious, too low and you’ll spend precious time mid workout pulling at your cleavage; too high and you’ll spend even more time tugging at your waistline.

So treat yourself to some good quality activewear – and it doesn’t have to be expensive, even Primark and H&M have some great pieces which won’t break the bank.  

Focus on you 

Hands up who’s guilty of spending far too much time in the gym looking at what everyone else is going rather than focusing on themselves? I know I am. 

I’ve spent way too much time in the gym looking around at what everyone else is doing or to check if anyone else is looking. Firstly, it’s a sure fire way to get injured (especially when you’re distracted by the cute shirtless guy in the corner). Secondly, the grunter doing curls is spending far too much time looking at himself (or even herself) in the mirror to be watching what you’re doing. And, most importantly, it can stop you from becoming the best athlete you can be. 

So stick your earphones in, set your weights up and focus on your reps, your breathing, and your body!

Finish her off

You don’t have to spend hours on the rower to get some good cardio in at the end of your workout. 

If you enjoy steady state cardio (aka LISS), or it’s a part of your goals – then go for it. But if you’re after an efficient, hardworking finish to your workout I’d recommend a 10-15 minute circuit mixing bodyweight and weighted exercises. So why not put together a circuit of kettle-bell swings, sandbag cleans, shoulder presses and prowler pushes – I guarantee you’ll sweat more, push harder, and have way more fun.

How do you get the most out of your workout?

Hands up if you love Christmas?! 🙋🙋🙋

Christmas has always been an exciting time of the year for me and as I’ve grown older it hasn’t got any less magical. Yes, things have changed a lot and instead of receiving presents I now love to buy, wrap and give gifts to my family and friends!
One of the things that makes Christmas for me is, of course, the food.
I’m a massive foodie all year round and have the biggest sweet tooth! Yes, I try to keep it in check but there’s simply no denying it, especially around this time of year. In fact you’ll probably find me for most of Christmas day face down in a family sized tub of roses after already devouring a full tub of celebrations (well, the good ones at least). However, in the run up to Christmas I do try to bake some healthier treats to stop me binging from November through to February (once I start I just can’t stop – sound familiar?) and this year has been no different.
A few years ago on this blog I made some Paleo/vegan Christmas cookies and they are still one of my favourite My Big Fit Recipes which I revisit ever year.

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If you haven’t already guessed from the title of this post… my husband and I are expecting our first baby!! As this blog post goes live I’ll be nearly 18 weeks pregnant and counting – that makes the baby the size of a Pomegranate.
The last few months have been a complete and utter whirlwind. From finding out I was pregnant to my first bout of morning sickness. And finally, that all important first scan.
If you’ve read my latest post on writers block then this post might help to explain part of my motivational loss. For those of you who haven’t been pregnant before – the first trimester is considered the worst of the three with a high percentage of women experiencing symptoms such as sickness, nausea and tiredness.

Discover my top tips to surviving your first trimester below.

Learn how to beat nausea 

Nausea is a bitch. Whether it’s full on morning sickness or a nauseous feeling in the pit of your stomach from morning til night. It can be the worst part of your first trimester.
If you’ve not suffered to date then congratulations… but if you are suffering, all is not lost. I found the following three things the most helpful.
– Getting something into my stomach first thing – be it a rice cake or a bowl of cereal, it can help to stave off any sickness.
– Ginger – try some ginger tea or a ginger biscuit (no-one said it had to be healthy!).
– Eating small, frequent meals. It can be hard to keep down a full meal, so to keep your blood sugar up try eating smaller meals throughout the day.

Just Eat

I had visions of being the picture of health during pregnancy – and although I’m starting to get back into a healthy routine, the first trimester didn’t quite fit my ideals.
I was in the ‘nauseous from noon til night’ camp and, believe it or not, eating was the only thing that brought me back to life. And by eating I don’t mean green juices or nutritious salads – I’m talking beige food, out of a bag.
In her book, How To Grow a Baby and Push It Out, Midwife Clemmie Hooper says that it can be ‘difficult to eat healthy foods when most of them make you gag… if you manage to get one piece of fruit or veg into your daily diet then you are doing better than most… so try not to worry too much as you’ll make up for it later in pregnancy when your body will be saying ‘I’m starving’.

Get some shut eye

You will feel tired during your first trimester, think about it, your body is going through a lot of changes. You’re making the placenta and your hormone levels and metabolism are changing each day. And don’t forget all that sickness taking away your energy resources.
So don’t feel guilty about getting an extra forty winks in the middle of the day or going to bed whilst it’s still light. Just listen to your body and give it what it needs.

Get moving 

Exercise might not be the top of everyone’s list – it certainly wasn’t on mine – but it’s important to keep moving throughout your first trimester. And by exercise I’m not saying you should be in the gym busting your ass in the free-weights, but you should be keeping active during the week.
I can count on both hands the amount of times I made it to the gym in those first 12 weeks. Instead I tried to walk as much as possible. That means at least 30 minutes walking during the week, and longer, more brisk walks with the family at the weekends (Yoga and swimming are also great forms of exercise during this period).
But, if you do feel up to the gym then why not. But please, make sure you consult a doctor or your midwife first and don’t take up a new exercise routine if you’re body isn’t used to it. And, the thing I’ve found most important… listen to your body!

Don’t panic  

Easier said then done, I know. Up until my scan date I was constantly paranoid (& still am even) – taking pregnancy tests on a weekly basis to reassure myself it was real; checking my toilet roll for blood every time I had a wee, and Googling my symptoms to an unhealthy level (sorry if that’s tmi, but it can be comforting to know someone is going through the same things as you).
Try to remind yourself that it’s normal to have some anxiety during pregnancy, especially if it’s a new experience for you. But, too much stress isn’t good for you, or the baby. So if you are worried or suffering from any unexplained symptoms then get in touch with your midwife or doctor straight away. At the very least they can help put your mind at ease or offer you an early scan to check that everything is okay.

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