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Putting my money where my mouth is

Many moons ago, not long after my maternity leave finished and I was back at work, I made a passing comment on one of my blog posts about where and how I saw myself since becoming a mother. I wrote:

“I had a light bulb moment yesterday at my desk where I suddenly asked myself what I was doing here? Not in a “I should be home with my baby way” (I do feel that too) but in a “am I doing justice to my son, my skills, my abilities, my hopes, my dreams by doing this job right here right now?” way. Should I be pursuing passion and excellence? If I’m going to work and be away from my baby, should the work be really meaningful and worthy of consuming my family’s time? Or then again, do I need to embrace this wonderfully flexible and supportive workplace I’m in…and take advantage of it to the benefit of my family, at least for the foreseeable future? This is just what is running through my head at the moment and perhaps it’s fleeting as I settle back in. But maybe there’s something stirring in me. Time will tell I suppose…” Continue reading Putting my money where my mouth is

Competition Time! Win 5 Prenatal or Postnatal Pilates classes with Reform!

Mind the Baby is celebrating its one year anniversary this month – can you believe it?! – and I wanted to mark this happy milestone with something very cool for my readers. I’ve mentioned before how much I love Pilates and the huge difference it made to my wellbeing and fitness after having a baby. I even included it my list of 11 things I’d definitely do if I were a new mum again post. So I thought what could be better than to give my lovely readers the opportunity to enjoy it too?

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Reform Pilates in Blackrock, Co Dublin – whose new Postnatal Pilates App I reviewed yesterday – have jumped onboard to offer one Mind the Baby reader 5 free classes of prenatal or postnatal Pilates. What a prize!

For those who are pregnant, Pilates:

  • Provides expectant mothers with a safe environment in which to strengthen their bodies to prepare for labour
  • Reduces the time which it takes to regain that strength postpartum
  • Helps to provide the pelvic stability required for a pain free pregnancy

For those who have just had a baby, Pilates:

  • Strengthens the pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscles to restore core strength
  • Strengthens and lengthens the whole body to assist with the demands of looking after a growing baby

The other great thing about attending a Reform postnatal Pilates class, is that you can bring your baby with you to class. They can have a little sleep or kick along beside you while you get in some gentle exercise. Don’t worry if they get hungry or need to be changed. The class is tailored to you and your baby so anything goes. Babies up to 12 months are welcome.

How to Enter


Terms and Conditions

The competition runs from Friday 12 April until 6pm on Friday 26 April.

You must like both Facebook pages and leave a comment below confirming your Likes to qualify for entry.

Entrants will still qualify if they have Liked either Facebook page in the past. Please still confirm that both Facebook pages have been Liked in the comments below to qualify for entry.

A winner will be chosen on Tuesday 30 April using Random.org, and will be announced here on Mind the Baby.

The winner has two weeks to contact me at mindthebaby[at]gmail.com to claim their prize. If a prize is unclaimed after two weeks, a new winner will be drawn.

The winner’s contact details will be provided to Reform Pilates so that the prize can be arranged. Competition is open to Republic of Ireland residents only.

The prize is non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash or any other equivalent. Classes must be booked before 1 November 2013.

The winner may choose whether they would like a prenatal Pilates course or a postnatal Pilates course. The prenatal class is suitable for all those over 12 weeks pregnant with a low risk pregnancy (if your pregnancy is categorised as high risk please provide a doctor’s note to Reform at your first class to confirm it is safe for you to attend class). The postnatal class is suitable for all mothers who are at least six weeks post partum (normal delivery) or 10 weeks post partum (C-section).

Note: Reform Pilates have provided the prize to me for the purposes of the competition. As always, my opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.