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Staying fit and finding balance through pregnancy and motherhood, with Shakira Akabusi

Season 5, Ep. 5

Pre and postnatal fitness expert, motivational speaker, author and mum of four Shakira Akabusi founded Strong Like Mum to help women awaken the power of their pre and postnatal body through instinct, knowledge and exercise.

In this inspiring podcast, Shakira discusses how she felt immense pressure after giving birth to her first baby. People told her she’d be exhausted, have no time for herself, and that she’d never wear a bikini again. As a personal trainer she knew how powerful the female body is and how exercise helps recovery from childbirth and mental health. She set out to challenge those motherhood cliches and give women the tools to stay physically and mentally well in pregnancy and beyond. Her new book ‘The Strong Like Mum Method’ came out in June this year, packed with accessible exercise and wellness advice.

She also reveals how she overcame her own crippling postpartum OCD as a new mum. With tips on calming toddler tantrums and quick exercises to increase your flagging energy, Shakira’s hugely positive take on finding balance as a mum will inspire parents, new and experienced alike. 


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