Saturday 10 December 2016

'What helped me spring back post-pregnancy' - This bodybuilder mum looks amazing less than a year after giving birth

Published 21/06/2016 | 14:18

'I didn't want to rush into training, and I also wanted to enjoy time with my little girl' - Mirella Ingamells
'I didn't want to rush into training, and I also wanted to enjoy time with my little girl' - Mirella Ingamells

This bodybuilder mum is showing the world how she got her impressive pre-baby body back less than a year after giving birth.

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Mirella Ingamells, based in Lincolnshire, England, had her first daughter 11 months ago and has shared her fitness journey since giving birth on Instagram.

Ingamells (36) is posting the incredible photos as she trains to compete in the WBFF Worlds in Las Vegas this August.

Although Ingamells gained 22 pounds during her pregnancy, she says she returned to her pre-baby weight just two weeks after giving birth, due to most of the weight being from the baby, the placenta and water weight, rather than body fat.

Oh how I miss my #babybump at times. But jeez...where did that #booty go that came with it?! 11 weeks after the photo on the left was taken and I'm slowly incorporating some weights back into my training. Still exercising with caution, with a lot of focusing on rebuilding core strength & pelvic floor. Left photo is at 37 weeks pregnant, right photo is now at 7 weeks post-partum. It's at this time I am so pleased to have exercised and looked after myself and my body throughout my pregnancy because there is no way I would be where I am now had I not had, and yet I still have a fair way to go to bring my body back...and that booty! This is another new challenge and one I am going to really enjoy Still tinkering with my Yummy Mummy Guide to Pregnancy eBook but I think we're almost there By the end of this month...it will be launched! www.mirellafitness.com #postpartum #7weekspostpartum #postnatal #yummymummy #guide #pregnancy #mirellafitness #StrongbeatsSkinny @nutristrength #athlete #strongismorefun #strongmom #strongmum #fitmom #fitmum #health #fitness #fitnessmodel #fitpregnancy @fit_moms_of_ig @igfitmoms #ibiza #onlinecoach #personaltrainer #coach

A photo posted by Mirella Ingamells WBFF Pro (@mirella_strongbeatsskinny) on

How is it just 9 weeks to go until WBFF Worlds in Toronto already? Embarking on this journey again is really exciting and I'm loving having such a huge fitness goal to focus my sights on. I have to be honest, I feel exhausted.com trying to juggle this prep with being a mum and keeping my online coaching & 121 client business going, but my drive & determination to bring something even better to the stage this year post-baby is greater than ever before. I'd like to take this opportunity to give a #motivationmonday shoutout to all those people who are supporting me on this journey I've had so many nice comments and messages already. This journey wouldn't be the same without your support, so thank you, you know who you are. Each of you help to keep me inspired and motivated each & every day So #bigthanks & #muchlove #9weeksout #wbffworlds #wbffpro #domin8 #teamdomin8 #wbff #fitnessdiva #toronto #bestofthebest #canada #10thanniversary #mirellafitness #strongbeatsskinny #strongmom #fitmama #11monthspostpartum #motivation #fitlife #ibiza #girlswholift #girlswhosquat #mondaymotivation #inspiration

A photo posted by Mirella Ingamells WBFF Pro (@mirella_strongbeatsskinny) on

"Being in good condition pre-pregnancy and continuing to look after my body and train throughout pregnancy is what helped me to spring back post-pregnancy so quickly," she advises.

The personal trainer told Cosmopolitan how she approached working out after giving birth.

"I was very cautious for six months post-birth," she says. "I didn't want to rush into training, and I also wanted to enjoy time with my little girl."

"I've never been one to eat too much junk or processed foods because I don't like the way it makes me feel," she says. "I just made sure that what I did eat was healthy 80 percent of the time."

Throwback Life is such a journey! Thanks @fit_moms_of_ig for the share #Repost @fit_moms_of_ig ・・・ I have worked on my body for years. I have never tried to perfect it. Only make improvements and to challenge myself by seeing what I can do. My goals are ever-evolving. To become fitter, stronger, leaner, healthier, and then right back around full circle. Always having something to work towards is fun, challenging, empowering and motivating. The left photo shows me 3 weeks out from the last time I competed in 2014. The middle photo I am almost full-term in my pregnancy, almost a year later from the left. This wasn't a goal for me to work towards but something I greatly wanted, and a huge milestone in my life that has contributed to the person I am today. A mama! And even more driven! The right photo is me currently at 7 months post-partum. Now I want to focus on making improvements to the body on the right, whilst looking back on what I have to compare it to from the photo on the left. I hope to bring an improved physique to the WBFF World stage again this year but I know this time will be much harder as I have a little person in my life now to consider. Comparing yourself to your own self is the best way to make improvements and to grow positively as a person. The only competition you have is with yourself and if you can set your goals in this way, you will not only succeed but be happy with the journey and outcome. #Fitmom @mirella_strongbeatsskinny

A photo posted by Mirella Ingamells WBFF Pro (@mirella_strongbeatsskinny) on

As she prepares to compete in a few weeks time, she says that her pregnancy has given her more confidence in her body and made her feel stronger, both inside and out.

"I actually feel stronger and fitter,” she said.

"Becoming a mama has given me a greater inner strength than I ever had before."

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