Fact: Lauren Brant is just like all new mums: nestled in a bubble of loved-up bliss comparable to nothing else… oh, and running on, well, next to no sleep.
But, as the 28-year-old media personality explains, while no shut-eye and the sometimes-struggle to strike a balance between caring for her beautiful baby boy, Miller, and herself, she wouldn't have life any other way.
This must have something to do with the former Hi-5 performer's mental shift since giving birth to Miller – something she opened up to Mother & Baby exclusively about.
"My overall outcome is just to remain positive, and so far I've had a wonderful experience," she says.
Here, Lauren fill us in on how she and ex-AFL star Barry Hall navigate the rocky, yet rewarding parenthood terrain, and simultaneously teaches us a couple of important new-mum lessons along the way.
"I was surprised at how much pain there was for the next few days and weeks. Everyone puts emphasis on the pregnancy and labour, but no-one really talks about post-birth pain."
"My body felt like it had run an ultra marathon after I gave birth. I felt so weak and then after that time passed, I did a six-week post-natal course with a specialised trainer. Showing that respect to my body really paid off because now I feel strong, fit and healthy again."
"I'm lucky that Barry isn't at work from nine-to-five every day, so he's around a lot and there's not thing he's deterred from, such as changing nappies, poo spills or vomit!"
"Miller is seven months old now, but it feels like I only had him the other day. It is a big thing, but I didn't let it overwhelm me. Your life changes and you just do what you've got to do. I always adapt to things, and am happy to take on challenges…"
"When you have a partner, you are loved for who you are, but when you have a child you are at your most vulnerable and they are, too. For me, it solidified my identity and who I am. I didn't care about being judged because my son loves me for exactly who I am."
For more about Lauren's new parenting journey, her relationship with Barry and her post-baby body, pick up the December/January issue of Mother & Baby, on sale now.
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