Single Mama Lisa & Founder of Mum Shape Shares Her 2 Year Journey to Success.
My name is Lisa, single mama to baby Mila, part-time dog mama and Founder of MumShape - A health and fitness platform allowing mums to book pre-and postnatal fitness classes and other health-related experts nearby. Our focus is on Fitness. Wellness. Community and Education.
I started MumShape because as a single parent with no close family nearby, it was enormously difficult to stay active and healthy during and after pregnancy. I don't know how many of the mums reading this planned their pregnancies, but I definitely did not. I had just moved to London after three very exciting and active years in San Francisco. I've spent my time running along the water, biking, and trying every fitness class offered in the city. Until I received a job offer from London, which prompted my decision to move across the pond for my career as an interior designer. I was excited for this new adventure and was ready to take on London and everything it had in store for me.
Little did I know...
Life happened with all it's unpredictable twists and turns and here I am, two years later with a child, a dog, and a house complete with a garden.
My pregnancy was very stressful. It was not just the long commute to and from work every day but also the high performance environment at work including deadlines and traveling combined with crazy hormones, getting to know the father of my child, and coming to terms with the fact that I was going to have a baby and had to get ready for this huge life-changing experience.
Of course life didn't slow down when Mila, lovingly referred to as little monster, was born. I learned to deal with many sleepless nights, sore nipples, back pain and Mila's first fever. That's when I started wondering: What about me? What about my emotional and physical well-being? How do others manage to wake up every morning motivated to be the best possible and most loving mama to their little ones?
I had always lived a pretty well-balanced life. I was active, took care of myself and in return, felt at ease and could handle difficult situations more easily. After becoming a mum and going through quite a lot of changes, I definitely needed a let-out for all these emotions. I needed to free my mind and become myself again. Out of my need for physical activities, community and support, I founded MumShape (www.mumshape.co.uk) – a health platform for mums to find and book pre- and postnatal fitness classes and health experts nearby. MumShape also connects like-minded mums and we soon will introduce mental well-being support and nutrition.
It is exactly what I would have needed two years ago when I became pregnant and I wanted to create this support network for other women.
MumShape is not just about your physical strength or how fit you want to be. It is also about your mental health, about feeling happy in your own body and about giving you a clearer, calmer mind allowing you to just breathe and feel the moment. It's about meeting other mamas and to be able to talk about all these things only other mamas understand.
Thank you so much for reading. You are awesome Mama! XX Lisa