Ask the Expert Series

We are having our first ever “Ask the Expert” Series! The expert who will be answering your questions is Gayle Tan, Women’s Wellness Coach, Certified STOTT Pilates instructor and Precision Nutrition, as well as Mum of one. Take this chance to have your burning questions answered—leave your questions in the comments below. Topic: How Do You Make Peace With Your Newly Postpartum Body? Date: Wednesday, 18th December 2019 Time 8.30pm - 9.30pm

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Hi mummies! I’m Gayle, and I’m excited to be online tonight with all of you. I see that there are already lots of questions to be answered, so I’ll try my best to respond to as many as I can. :) In the meantime, I would love to connect with you on Instagram (@littlemisspilates), and you can also find out more about what I do on my website (

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I just gave birth a month ago, and I feel tired all the time. I don't know how other mums do this, but I can't keep my energy up between taking care of the baby and breastfeeding. Any advice?

How long does it take for you body to bounce back to normal? I feel it's taking too long now that my baby is 6 months old

I'm not getting used to my post partum body as it makes me feel really unattractive. Does it take time to get used to it?

i had 2 csect. I have always wanted 3 kids but what are the chances 3rd can be a natural birth instead of csect?

Will my breasts ever go back to their original size? I've increased two cup sizes now that I'm breastfeeding!

I had a c section and I was asked to wait at least 2 months to exercise. What exercises can I do in the meantime?

4y ago

While waiting for your C-section area to heal, you can start off with pelvic floor exercises and also gentle stretches for your back - for example, the Cat Stretch. I would also recommend walking. There is a reason why we are encouraged to move around in the hospital ward, as soon as we can after childbirth. Movement helps to increase blood circulation within our body, and will help us recover faster. :)

I'm not sure if my husband will ever find me attractive again after he has seen our son being born!

I'm actually pregnant now, but I want to stay fit. What can I do, and when should I start or stop?

Is it ever possible to get a flat tummy after giving birth? Perhaps after some time of course. Thank you

4y ago

Hi Jayel! It's definitely possible. Many of us experience the ‘kangaroo pouch’ after childbirth, especially after a C-section. A balanced, nutritious diet, consistent exercise and adequate sleep (try to rest whenever you can) will go a long way. Why is sleep a factor? When we don’t get enough rest, the stress hormone, Cortisol, rises in our body, which might make our body hold on to additional body weight.