Time for a Break

I’m pretty sure that there are going to be a few readers thinking “told you so!” or “I was thinking this would happen” when they read this post. This post is about is something that was inevitable but in the same way that you can’t convince a person who hasn’t experienced the hell/joy of childbirth that they will get over it you also cannot properly communicate with a mother-of-one how different it is to be a mother-of-two. (Side note: If there are any expectant mothers-of-one reading this please, please understand that while I’m about to write about how utterly shattered and time-poor I am I have brought a lot of this on myself and my experience of two children is not necessarily going to be yours). I’m also not trying to blow my own trumpet by writing about how much I do or did. This is, I think, a cathartic way for me to convince myself that it’s ok to stop now for a little while.

At the end of this week (I’m writing this post on the last week of April) I’m going to be taking a break from my online courses for (at least) the summer months for a few reasons but the main one being that I am so f’ing exhausted. I’m not being the mother I thought I would be and even though I do realise that the mother I thought I would be before I actually became a mother doesn’t exist I’d still like to give myself a chance to be a bit more like her. Less snappy, more patient and hopefully a lot more fun. Since having Jodie I am wound so tight because there is always SO MUCH TO DO and when something goes wrong, even if it’s something small, it feels much bigger.

Frankie was born in July 2014 and from that time until this I have been just about every “type” of mother there is. I’m most definitely not using PC terms throughout this post so please don’t be offended by the ones I have used. I’ve been a self-employed “working mother” who went back to work when my first baby was six weeks old and my second was three weeks old. With Frankie it didn’t feel hard at all. He was such a good baby and I loved early motherhood. Year one of motherhood is a good year for me. Year two? Not so much. I had to go back because financially I hadn’t put myself in a position not to. With Jodie it was different. I felt every bit of having to work so soon after having her. Financially, by living a little more frugally,  I could have not worked (it would have entailed reeling in the coffee and cake trips a bit and not buying clothes that i’ll never get to wear cos let’s face it where the hell am I going these days but it could and now it will be done) but I had built up this business that I absolutely loved and I had created a community of women who really wanted my help. Loving your children to bits but loving what you do is, I’m sure, something that many women can relate to. My business has been very good to me, particularly in the last six months, but I do feel like I’ve earned every cent I’ve made. There has quite literally been blood, sweat and tears.

Multitasking with a two-week-old Jodie

(You can tell by my face in this picture that I know this is madness)

I’ve also been a studying mother since Frankie was nine weeks old when I went back to college to finish my degree. For the first year of his life I would put him to bed and then hit the books until late into the night. Again it didn’t feel terribly hard in year one. He was an easy-going baby during the day and slept all night so I had the energy to do it. The shit hit the fan in year two though when he started walking, pulling all and sundry down around him and was waking at night with his teeth.

Each of these things have been part-time so I’ve also been a stay-at-home mother too. I have fantastic childcare 4 mornings a week and have a lot of help from my husband and family so I’m really lucky but there was no office and there were no office hours. My business has meant that I’ve had to be switched on all of the time (sending messages while I was in labour and answering queries while simultaneously breast feeding). And of course there’s Snapchat. I’ve shared a lot on Snapchat over the last year and for the most part I didn’t mind doing that. I’ve loved how sharing the early days of motherhood with Jodie helped other mothers who were also struggling. But it does take from my time with the kids (as well as involve me having to wash my face at the very least which can feel like an epic task some days!) and that doesn’t sit well with me. I’ve never liked the idea of Frankie seeing me talking to my phone and by the time his bedtime comes around I’m often too shattered to make sense. Social media in general is both a blessing and a curse. I love the part where I get to interact with other women and mothers online but I hate how false life has become because of it. It’s not reality or my reality at the very least. I want to be present in my life.

Not so sure I can keep going any more

Or do I? You see part of me has been avoiding being “just a mother”. Please don’t take that to mean that I don’t have massive respect for every mother who is “just a mother”. I think they are the mothers I have the most respect for because not having a job outside of the home (or upstairs in the home in my case) and having to be with them all of the time is so bloody hard and I think I’ve been afraid of the boredom that comes with that. Not the nothing-to-do type of boredom. Dear Jesus no. There is always, always SO MUCH TO DO (which I may have mentioned before) even without the work and the study. No it’s the this-is-mind-numbing boredom of the day-to-day job of being a mother that scares me.

I’m also exploring why it’s so hard for me to be still. I most definitely have what I like to call busy-ism. I’ve christened this the Summer of Stillness and the mission is to have no work or study to-do list. To wake up in the morning and think “what will we do today?” rather than “what do I have to get done today?”. I also have things I’d like to write about in this stillness. Notes can be found dotted throughout my house with thoughts and ideas that pop into my head at the most random times (washing up and wiping bums being the two main times). I should add here that I know I’m extremely lucky to be able to take this time and to make these decisions and my heart breaks for every mother that has to either go back to work or stay at home when she’d rather be doing the other or a bit of both.

One of many thoughts I’ve had to write down before tiredness kills it

I’m starting a Masters in Primary Education through Hibernia College in September. It’s going to be full-on I’m told. I’m not sure if there’s going to be room in our life for my business. I want there to be but for there to be any hope of that I need to step back and see if I can put a better structure on things because as it stands there just isn’t enough space in our life for any more. My little man is going to be three by the time the summer is over. How is that possible? And I feel like I’ve barely stopped to be with Jodie since she was born. I’m not going to get this time back. As is the case when you have small children both myself and my husband have had to sacrifice things that we love to keep our little ship afloat but I don’t want us to lose ourselves in all of this busyness either.

Our Inca Trail honeymoon in May 2013 seems like such a long time ago

So as of next Monday (May 1st) I will be closing membership to my online courses. I will remain fully dedicated to those who are currently on the course or who sign up this coming week (during which I’m giving a €20 discount using the code FWBSUM). And it’s not that I will be completely gone from social media either. It’s just that I’ll be doing it on my terms. I’m thinking a lot less Snapchat and hopefully a bit more blogging (though not necessarily about exercise and healthy food). I need to not be answerable to anyone outside of my family for a while and get some breathing space.

I have great expectations of fun times on the beach this summer – let’s see how that goes!

While obviously this has been a post about me and my hectic life if you are reading this and you’re also a person who is prone to overloading themselves with to-do’s and busyness maybe you might also consider if there are ways that you can make a little bit more room in your life and give yourself a break.

Thank you so much to everyone who has come on my courses or shown support to me since I set up Fit with Bríd two years ago and I hope you all have a lovely summer.



Happiness is your Perfect Body…..right?

1 Week Post-Pregnancy

4 Months Post-Pregnancy

Every morning, since reaching my pre-pregnancy bodyweight and measurements, I jump out of bed and slip into my skinny jeans then skip down the stairs with my two little babes in tow ready to take on the day. Because my life is pretty perfect now….

Oh if only it were that simple. Reaching the size, weight or measurements that you consider to be your ideal does not result in instant happiness. Kids still get sick, bills still need to be paid, you still throw a child at your other half the minute he walks in the front door (and remember to say hello to each other about an hour later) and basically the world keeps spinning exactly as it did. But I will admit that, for me, the process of getting to this point has made me happier in myself. Maybe that’s because I don’t deprive myself food-wise (nor do I encourage any of my online participants to do so) or maybe it’s because I enjoy taking the time for myself that exercise and healthy eating require. If you’ve been following my post-pregnancy progress you’ll know that I started off on my 6-week online post-pregnancy plan and then went to on to do my 6-week online slim-down. I’ve also been doing a lot of other things since Jodie was born to help me feel good including yoga, meditation, therapy and just generally taking it a bit easier (which is NOT always easy for me).

Jodie’s Christening

It’s ok to want to get back to your pre-baby size, weight or shape but it’s not easy and it’s not for everybody as some new mothers just can’t be bothered and guess what? THAT’S OK TOO! There were days when I wondered if I was putting too much pressure on myself but when it comes to losing body fat I like to get it done, move on and not have it be something that I spend valuable time, energy or brain cells on. There are more important things in life.

Spending time with my babies is more important than worrying about my weight

After watching and hosting the fantastic film Embrace (which I did a vlog about previously), I almost decided not to do this post. So many women are at war with their bodies, believing that if they could make it look a certain way they would be happy. I hate the idea that me or my business would ever contribute to those feelings. But while that film exists to encourage women to love themselves no matter what (and I agree wholeheartedly with this) my business exists is to make it possible for every woman to look after her health and fitness no matter how busy her life is. It’s a strange concept for some women to get their head around but you can learn to accept yourself as you are while still wanting to look after yourself in a way that might bring about positive change.

If you’d like to learn more about my online courses or sign-up and join a great community of women already making positive changes to their lives then head over here.

Thanks for reading,


Post-Pregnancy Plan Final Post

Hi Everyone,

I finished Week 6 of my Post-Pregnancy Plan on the 23rd of December but due to the madness of Christmas and Frankie having the chicken pox for the first week of the New Year I’m only getting to sit down and do a proper post about it today (Jan 9th!). Since I finished the plan it has been launched and is now available to join along with my 6-week Online Slim-down which I’ve started myself this week. I’m helping a fabulous group of women to improve their health and fitness and I’d love for more of you to join us. For more details about both courses head over here.

Always room for Christmas Eve treats

My babies in their Christmas finery

The Results

Week 1 vs Week 6

 Week 1 StartWeek 6 End
Hips / Bum36.5"37"

Considering I took on this challenge two weeks after Jodie was born when we were still in the midst of sleepless mayhem I’m delighted with my results. It was also during the build up to Christmas so there was plenty of temptation in my way!

As I explained in my blog post from Week 1 I hadn’t a lot of excess body fat to lose after I had her owing to the fact that I kept up a good level of exercise and ate a fairly balanced diet throughout my pregnancy. I did have a good bit around my stomach and lower back though and I’ve definitely lost a lot of it from there. I have a bit to go but I had been warned by other mothers that it’s a little slower to go off this area the second time around. I’m confident that I’ll be rid of it after a few more weeks though.

What I was mostly concerned with was improving my posture and increasing my strength and I’m delighted with the progress I’ve made in this area. My core muscles are so much stronger and I’m starting to see definition in my stomach muscles similar to what it was pre-pregnancy. The core exercises in the plan start off very gently as obviously the muscles can be quite weak post-pregnancy but after week 3 they get a bit tougher and that’s when I really started to notice things improving.

One of my main aims was to build up my bum again as it goes really flat after pregnancy. I’ve seen a big improvement (and am delighted to see an increase in the measurement here, not a decrease!) and will definitely continue to work on it.

While it’s not an area of the body most people would be too bothered about my upper back and shoulders were a big concern to me. They come under serious pressure when holding baby to feed. I had a shoulder injury after having Frankie and it began to niggle again this time but between the strengthening exercise, the post-workout stretches and some muscle therapy I’ve managed to stay pain free for the most part.

The Exercise

In the beginning I found it hard to get used to the slower pace of the workouts as I’m used to pushing myself but I was conscious that my body wasn’t ready to be pushed too hard and so it was exactly what was needed. Each week as the pace increased I looked forward to the extra challenge. In the first two weeks I walked a lot with the double buggy as well as doing the workout videos but when the weather turned bad I was so glad to have the videos to do at home while Frankie was in TV land.

The Meal Plans

A typical tastey dinner   

Snacks at the ready

Once I stayed organised with the meal plans I was fine. I would do my Tesco online shopping on a Wednesday eve, have it delivered Friday morning and then do some food preparation on Sunday for the next week. The only week it didn’t go well was when we were all sick with coughs and colds. I had to just wing it that week but it was fine and doesn’t seem to have made a huge difference. There’s plenty of wiggle room built in to the plan anyway. I also found that because I was in the early days of breastfeeding I had to add in extra snacks some days and particularly at night but again that’s something I advise as part of the plan as every woman’s body is different.

The Support

Our private Facebook support group to stay connected and motivated 

Those who join the plan are invited to join a private Facebook support group. Obviously I didn’t have this element myself but I got so much lovely support and feedback from people on Snapchat that it felt like I did. I snapped if I was working out and also a lot of my meals and snacks and got so many snaps from other new mothers and women in general telling me that I was inspiring them to get up and go or make changes to their diet.

Like I said in the beginning I was really glad that I got to trial this plan before it went out to the general public. There were one or two things in the meal plan that I changed because when it came to making them I realised that they were too complicated and that if I hadn’t time to do them then others wouldn’t either. I’m so happy with the progress I’ve made and I’m delighted that I’m going to be able to help lots of other new mothers and busy women in general reach their goals in 2017.

Thanks for reading,


Post Pregnancy Plan Week 3


What I like to think my brain looks like after a workout

Hi Everyone,

This week I’m at the half way mark of my 6-week Online Post-Pregnancy Plan. Myself, Frankie and Jodie have all been sick with colds, coughs and ear infections so it’s been a fairly challenging week. I haven’t been able to exercise much because I’ve been so sick which was disappointing because I was really getting into my stride in week 2 and feeling the benefits of it. As I said in the Week 1 post I find that exercise is great for my mood and mindset and helps to keep me positive even on days when I’ve had very little sleep. So I’m definitely feeling the affects of not getting to do my workouts much and am really looking forward to getting back to it asap.

I haven’t measured myself as I don’t want to be disappointed if this past week has stalled my progress but I’m feeling stronger and my jeans are fitting better too. I also haven’t done a picture comparison this week as there isn’t enough of a difference yet to really notice but I  am looking forward to comparing in the final week.


    When you’re sick and only snuggles from your baby sister will do

I did stick to the meal plan as much as possible even though I wasn’t sharing much on Snapchat – there isn’t time to make food look pretty when you’re living in a blur of snot and Neurofen! I found having all of the food I needed for the week in the house, as well as two evening meals frozen and ready, really helpful in the middle of all the madness though and it can only help to be eating healthily when you’re sick and don’t have much time to pay attention to yourself. Almost all of the food on the plan is easy to prepare but even at that I struggled some days as everyone needed me so much and we all have days or weeks like that. So I took the easy option sometimes which meant having Cully and Sully soup from a tub a couple of days rather than my own homemade soup as well as snacks like the Good 4 U Super Bites when I couldn’t manage to nut butter a few rice cakes (yes that’s how insane it can be some days with a sick 2 year old and a newborn!).


One of my favourite quick snack foods

Winter wedding season is in full swing and we had a friend’s wedding over the weekend in The Mill House in Slane (fab venue btw). I often get asked by people signing up to do my plans what they should do if they have a wedding on during the 6 weeks. My answer is always the same. Go and enjoy! Life is too short to be sitting at a wedding dinner not able to eat this and that or enjoy a drink or dessert. Normally (when not so bet down with sickness) I would do a really tough workout the day before and after and be extra good with my meals so that I feel I’ve really “made room” for a more indulgent meal like you’d get at a wedding. While I’m on the subject of weddings I might as well add in that I will be running a separate general population online plan in January which is very popular with brides-to-be and their bridal parties so if you’d like to know more about that you can leave your email address here and I’ll get back to you with more details very soon.


Wedding ready but unfortunately my sickness caught up on me later in the day

I’m getting such lovely feedback from everyone, particularly when it comes to what I’m talking about on Snapchat. I snapped a lot in the past week about the pressure women feel to get back into shape after having a baby as it was something that I hadn’t realised affected so many and wanted to offer a little bit of advice. That advice included not to pay any attention to family members (who say the CRUELEST things it seems), not to let yourself get distracted from your own progress by comparing yourself to others and also not to feel mammy-guilt if you want or need to take time out to look after yourself and your health and fitness. I got such a great response from my Snapchat followers that I’m strongly thinking of having a Motivational Meet-up in Laois in the New Year. I’ll be posting more about this at a later stage but would absolutely love to help other Mammies and women in general to reach their health and fitness goals in 2017.


Snapchat @mrskbomb

Thanks for reading,

Bríd x


Post Pregnancy Plan Week 1

Hi Everyone,

I can’t believe Jodie is nearly 3 weeks old! I should know from Frankie how quickly time flies (although it certainly doesn’t feel like it’s flying when I’m up feeding her at 3am!). She’s doing really well, gaining 1lb since birth. Frankie is loving her and insisting that she comes everywhere with him.



I’ve just finished Week 1 of my 6 Week Post Pregnancy Plan. If you haven’t got time to read this blog post but want to know more about the plan then you can leave your details HERE and I’ll let you know all about it very soon. You can also follow my progress over on Snapchat.


Firstly, I want to acknowledge that obviously my body is not in bad shape. As fitness is my job I was in pretty good shape prior to getting pregnant (although the madness of having a toddler had definitely taken it’s toll on me!). I also put it down to having a fit pregnancy. A lot of people commented during my pregnancy about how lucky I was to not gain much weight and how I made it look easy etc. but the truth is that I struggled with the same nausea and fatigue that a lot women get. However I chose to keep trying to eat relatively well and stayed active and that did stand to me during the pregnancy, labour and now in the post pregnancy stage.


1 Week Post Pregnancy

I really, really don’t want other new mothers to compare their post-pregnancy bodies to mine. Like I said fitness is my job and so obviously my body will return to somewhere near it’s previous form quicker than a lot of other women’s bodies would. However that’s not to say that I don’t fully encourage all women to try and get back into some form of physical activity as soon as they get the go-ahead from their Doctor. Not to lose weight (although you are entitled to want to do that) but for your mindset, your self-care and your overall health and wellbeing. Being active and eating well this week has given me so much more energy and I’ve been feeling very positive most of the time. That’s not always the case when you have a new baby and I honestly believe that it is the missing link for a lot of women who do experience lows in the months after pregnancy.


Pre Pregnancy & 1 Week Post Pregnancy

What I weigh doesn’t interest me in the slightest. Weight is not a good indicator of health and fitness or even body fat as it fluctuates for a number of reasons. Never is this more evident to me than post pregnancy. I think I was about 9st 10lb before I got pregnant with Jodie. When I brought her back to the hospital at 4 days old for her heel prick there was a scales there and out of interest I hopped up on it and wasn’t a bit surprised to see that I weighed 9st 9lb. This was despite the fact that I had obvious post pregnancy body fat and wouldn’t have had a hope of fitting into my pre-pregnancy jeans or most of my clothes for that matter. I knew myself that my body fat was up just from the feel of my body and why wouldn’t it be considering I had just given birth? The reason for this drop in weight was because I have lost muscle tissue, which makes me weigh heavier normally, during my pregnancy as is also expected. I’m not a heavy weight lifter outside of pregnancy but was using even lighter weights during it and by the end was only using either my bodyweight or a resistance band so this is why I would have lost muscle tissue. Anyway bottom line is that while you would expect that with more body fat your weight would increase on the scales but this proves that that is not always the case and shows that the scales are not a reliable indicator of where you’re at.

Just because I don’t have a lot of body fat to lose doesn’t mean my concerns about my body are not legit. For me it’s about improving my posture and strengthening up areas that have become weak. Pregnancy, labour and breastfeeding really take their toll on my body. When I’m pregnant the muscles in my bum are strong and I tend to have a fairly decent sized one too but afterwards when I’m sitting down a lot I lose the muscle tone in it, it goes really flat and I get a lot of lower back pain as a result. The same happens with my shoulders and upper back to the point where I need neuromuscular therapy to help me avoid injury. My stomach is a lot softer this time than last and I have quite a lot of loose skin when I sit down too. So these are the things I’ll be concentrating on over the coming weeks but it is genuinely the feel-good factor that I’m looking for when following a plan like this.


As I said in the last blog entry the plan starts off very gently and really does take the post pregnancy body into account in both the exercise plan and the meal plan. The meal plans are not about restricting calories. Instead they focuses on including healthy, nutritious foods that will help to give a new mother more energy and keep her feeling fuller for longer. They’re also not rigid and there’s plenty of room for real life (eg. my slight off-plan treat that I had with Frankie to celebrate him finally allowing his hair to be cut!).


The plan takes breastfeeding mothers (of which I am one) into account too. It’s very important when you’re breastfeeding that you don’t restrict calories as it can affect your milk supply. For this reason I advise all mothers to adapt the meal plans to suit their own needs, adding extra snacks or increasing portions sizes where needed and NEVER allow themselves to get too hungry as this is a sign that they’re not eating enough to meet the needs of their body. I’ve taken my own advice this week and when I’ve needed more than what the plan says I’ve eaten it. For example, I get really hungry while I’m feeding during the night so I always bring up something to eat for that time, usually some overnight oats or granola and yogurt.


While I really enjoyed the exercise this week and found it no problem to do, I did struggle at times with the meal plan. I had been in the mode of eating pretty much what I wanted during the previous weeks and it’s taking me time to get back on track. I find that when I’m eating like I was then I’m not eating out of hunger but out of habit and being tired makes this even worse. Following the plan this week has made me sit up and take notice of what I’m actually feeling but it still doesn’t take away the urge to pick at food, in the evenings in particular. I find that being organised and having a lot of my meals and snacks prepared really helps when I’m tired and more inclined to make poor choices.

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I’m so grateful for all the positive feedback and lovely messages and comments I’ve been getting from everyone across all of my social media outlets over the past fortnight. I read them all and they really encourage me every day. I can’t wait to launch this plan in January and am so excited to help lots of mothers feel really good.

Thanks for reading,




Miss Jodie has arrived!


The lady herself

Hi Everyone,

In my final pregnancy post I said I’d update again if I made it to Week 40 but thankfully our little girl arrived safe and sound a day before her due date weighting 7lb 2oz and is doing super. She’s being doted on by her big brother and all of our family and friends. I had found out at about 26 weeks that she was going to be a girl and was really glad that I did. Not everyone likes to know and I had no interest in finding out with Frankie but I felt that because we were heading into the winter I wanted to be prepared and not have to worry about needing to go out and get things for her. It also made the rest of the pregnancy very exciting too. If you were following me on Snapchat (@mrskbomb) you’ll know that I wasn’t exactly loving the life out of pregnancy the second time around. Between caring for a toddler and the unfortunate news that my mother had breast cancer I wasn’t feeling the best but knowing that I would get to meet my daughter at the end of it kept me going.

Her Arrival Into The World


My last bump pic taken just before we headed into the hospital

She didn’t take too kindly to an attempt at early eviction at my week 39 appointment. I got a sweep but after a short burst of contractions and some bleeding she shut up shop again and wasn’t going to be budged. Because I’m rhesus negative I had to stay in hospital for observation and an anti-D injection but thankfully everything was fine and I took it as a sign to leave her be until she was ready. Just like her brother her actual arrival was very quick. I felt the first contraction at 10pm on Tuesday 1st and she was born at 5 minutes to 1am on Wednesday 2nd. Luckily we live close to the hospital! While my labour was fast it was fairly intense. When it happens that quickly you don’t get much time to rest between contractions and it can be a bit shocking to the system (as in I literally shook all over for about 3 hours) but obviously I’d prefer what I had to a very long and painful labour too. I chose not to take pain relief because I knew from my experience with Frankie that it would all be over quickly and that I would be able to bear the pain. Unlike last time, however, I did learn how to use the gas properly and LOVED IT. I nearly took the head off poor Dermot at one stage when he didn’t hand the mask to me fast enough. I spent the rest of Tuesday night and Wednesday night in hospital and was back home by Thursday evening. I went to Portlaoise hospital and can’t praise the staff there enough. It’s a very busy hospital but the care I got was second to none.

Our First Week

As with my last pregnancy I decided that as long as all of the factors needed for successful breastfeeding were there I would give it a go again. I fed Frankie until he was 6 weeks old. I had to go back to work and college at that stage and so didn’t feel I could continue with it as my supply was very low and expressing was really difficult. Things have started off fairly well with Jodie. After a tense couple of days waiting for my milk to come in, and sitting under her all day and night to let her get whatever was there, it finally did come and she has started to be fuller for longer. She had only lost 4oz at her first weigh-in which was well within the normal range and a lot less than Frankie had lost at the same stage so I was very happy with that.

She’s a week old now and is obviously demanding more. I’m struggling to meet her demands and so am open to the possibility of giving her a formula top-up at night but will wait it out as long as I can. Unfortunately a shoulder injury that I got when I had Frankie is flaring up again and the position of breastfeeding makes it a lot worse. Last time, when it got really bad, I could barely use my right arm and that’s just not something that I can sustain with a toddler to look after this time too so I’ll have to just play it by ear.

What’s To Come

While this week has been all about getting my supply up, resting and getting Frankie used to having a new baby around the house I am really looking forward to getting back to some form of exercise in the coming weeks. Throughout my pregnancy I had been working on an Online Post-Pregnancy Plan of 6 weeks duration. The plan includes:

  • weekly meal plans with simple recipes (all ingredients can be purchased in a supermarket). A detailed shopping list is also provided so that new mothers don’t have to waste any time thinking about what to cook or what they need to do so. The meal plans also take breastfeeding mothers into account too.
  • full-length exercise videos to follow. The first couple of weeks include very gentle exercises that take the post-pregnancy body into mind. They get a little harder each week but the emphasis of this plan is on restoring strength and fitness and improving your posture and general feeling of well-being.
  • a private Facebook support group that all members can join and that’s always a great space for sharing tips and motivation.

The course will be suitable for any mother returning to exercise for the first time since having her baby. Some may choose to start early on (although it will be a requirement for all mothers to have had their post-pregnancy check-up and have permission from their GP to resume exercising) but it will also be suitable for those who have an older baby too.

Follow My Progress

What’s great about this plan is that I get to test the whole thing out myself before it launches in January. I’m starting Week 1 next week and will be documenting my progress daily on Snapchat as well as regularly on my blog too. As detailed above it will be necessary for anyone who does my plan to have had their check-up and have permission to exercise. As a fitness professional who has already had a child and returned to exercise early I have the experience to be able to monitor my body to know what is and isn’t suitable. If I find that anything doesn’t feel good I won’t do it. While rest is vital after you have a baby I know myself well enough to know that too much inactivity is not good for my body and more importantly my mind. Anxiety is something that I have to take care with and exercise is one of the best ways for me to improve my mindset in a healthy way. Along with good food, exercise is a huge part of my self-care and I can’t wait to take some time for myself too.

If you would like to know more about my 6-Week Online Post-Pregnancy Plan and when it is going to launch please input your details here and I will keep you updated. You can also follow me on:

Snapchat: @mrskbomb, Instagram and Facebook.

My Private Pregnancy Fitness Group is still active on Facebook too and will continue to be until the new year. If you would like to join that you can send me a private mail through Facebook.

Thanks so much to everyone for all the lovely messages we’ve been getting for the last week. We read them all and really appreciate them.



Pregnancy Video – Week 37 – Update & Anxiety

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Hi Everyone,

Nearly at the end of week 37 and very much ready to be done now. Caring for and carrying a toddler around when you’re this pregnant is not much fun, especially when said toddler is smack bang in the middle of the terrible two’s and not fond of sleeping past 6am! Getting slightly anxious about managing two small children but I’m sure we’ll get into our groove fairly quickly. I’m all set with my buggy, hospital bag etc so all I need now is for baby to not hang about too long.

I’ve been busy putting together the January courses for the past couple of weeks. There will be two courses as follows:

  1. A 6-week online Post-Pregnancy course and
  2. A 6-week online General Health and Fitness course

I will have more details about each nearer to their launch time and if you’d like to be added to my mailing list so that you receive all of the details straight to your inbox then please add your details here.

No. of weeks pregnant: 37

Exercise: I’ve slowed right down now. I’m still walking 5km about five days a week, doing Pregnancy Yoga, some bodyweight and band-assisted resistance training as well as lots of flexibility work but I’ve officially stopped running for this pregnancy. I want to keep as active as possible but have no interest in feeling sore or stiff at this stage.

Food: I’ve been comfort eating a little for the last few weeks and I’ve talked about the reasons why in the video to go with this post. Still eating healthy, balanced main meals though and freezing lots of meals in preparation for the weeks post-pregnancy when I’ll have neither the time nor energy to put in the effort.

Bump is: nearly on my knees now!! It’s pulling on my mid-back a lot now so I’m getting my other half to give me regular massages to help with the tension. I also hope to start having pregnancy massages and reflexology from this week too.

Measurements: Starting to see a change in these now which I expected. I’m definitely losing some muscle tissue and it’s being replaced with body fat. Plenty of time to work on that afterwards and I’m looking forward to it. I will literally be the test case for my own post-pregnancy online course!

 Week 32This Week
Hips 38"38"

As always if you have any questions or comments please mail me or you can find me on Facebook and Instagram at Fit with Bríd and Snapchat @mrskbomb.





Pregnancy Video – Week 32 – Update & Gift Ideas for a 2nd time Mother




Hi Everyone,

I’m half way through week 32 and very happy to be on the home straight. Not a major fan of the last few weeks but I just have to get over myself because baby needs a bit more cooking before it’s ready for the world! All good otherwise thankfully. In my video today I talked a little about some gift ideas for a second time mother. While, of course, all gifts are appreciated these are some of the things that I think would be helpful and are things that I often bring myself. I’m also talking about my online course plans for the future. Obviously I’m going to be taking a few weeks off after the baby arrives but the New Year is a busy time in the fitness world so I hope to be back then with two new online courses – a general population one where I will be looking at body image and mindset too and a post-pregnancy specific course to help new mothers get their strength and fitness back. I will be sending updates about these courses nearer to the time and if you’d like to be kept informed head over here.

No. of weeks pregnant: 32

Exercise: I started going to Pregnancy Yoga this week and really enjoyed it. I find it hard to slow down and quieten my mind so yoga is a good class for me. I’m also in the middle of teaching my second round of Pregnancy Fitness classes in Portlaoise and loving them too. In addition to these classes I’m walking 5km regularly with Frankie in the buggy and doing some circuits and interval training at home. I’m doing lots of flexibility work now too to make sure that I don’t get too tight and sore and run the risk of an injury.

Food: Definitely needing to snack more but trying to pick healthy options like Glenisk yogurt and home-made granola as well as bananas, mixed fruit and nuts/seeds and frozen orange juice ice-pops.

Bump is: feeling like it’s getting very big now but my measurements haven’t changed much. It seems to be a lot lower this time and I get a very uncomfortable feeling like I’m being suffocated when I so much as sit back on the couch. It’s making sleeping very difficult but I’m adjusting and let’s face it I’m not going to be sleeping much in 8 weeks anyway so maybe it’s best to get used to it now!

Anything else: I’ve gone into preparation mode now. I’m getting all the little niggly jobs in the business, the house and life in general done gradually. I’ve got my accounts done early (which NEVER happens) and am going to be putting together the plans for my January courses over the coming month. I’m preparing freezer meals and trying to get a few things sorted with Frankie like soothers and sleeping arrangements as well as scrubbing each room one by one.

My measurements:

Really surprised to see that these haven’t changed a lot more. It definitely feels like I’m getting a lot bigger but maybe it’s just because everything is getting so squashed on the inside!

 Week 32This Week
Hips 38"38"

As always if you have any questions or comments please mail me or you can find me on Facebook and Instagram at Fit with Bríd and Snapchat @mrskbomb.


Pregnancy Video – Week 28 – Update

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Hi Everyone,

Today I’m posting my latest pregnancy update and at week 28 I have officially entered the final trimester. This is just a very short video as luckily I’m doing really well and have nothing major to report. I recorded the video earlier in the week but as always I waited until I had my scan today to post it. I’m not a bit superstitious but it’s still nice to get that reassurance.

No of weeks pregnant: 28

Currently feeling: Really good. Struggling with sleep some nights, experiencing some sinus problems and also heartburn and indigestion but those things are so minor in the scheme of things.

Exercise: Going really well. Still managing to exercise regularly if a little less over the past two weeks. Running is up and down as I talked about in the video. Definitely planning to start pregnancy Yoga next week (and stop talking about it!).

Food: The whole heartburn and indigestion things is clearly a sign that I need to stop eating so much and I’m really trying but I’ve had a lot of meals out lately for different things. Otherwise I’m being quite good. I’m craving ice (as in to chew) and I have always sworn that cravings were in your head so that proves me wrong!

Bump is: Small in the morning and nearly double the size by night! Lots of movement which is really visible from outside now. Had a lovely moment today where it was moving loads and I was able to let my little sister Jessica, who’s 9, feel it.

Anything else: I’m horrendously emotional at the minute. It’s really hit home that I only have a short bit of time left with it just being myself and Frankie (and Dermot of course!). I’m really conscious of making the most of our time together. I had planned to do so much more than I’ve actually done with him this summer and so I’ve decided to start slowing down with work over the next 4-6 weeks. The plan is to have most of the month of October to spend with him. I had to go back to work really quickly after having him. As a result he’s very independent but I do feel that I missed out on some important time with him and am planning on having a longer break this time around (although I’m already making big plans for a really good online course in January!).

My Measurements:

It’s interesting to see that while I’m obviously gaining on my middle I’m losing a little from my arms and legs. This is probably as a result of me not doing as much resistance exercise as I would have done beforehand. I’m still doing loads of bodyweight, dynaband and 8kg kettlebell work but that’s about my limit right now. I’ve been wanting to reduce my muscle bulk a little for the last year anyway so this isn’t a big deal to me.

 Week 32This Week
Hips 38"38"

Please contact me for more information about:

  • my private Pregnancy Fitness group on Facebook – no fee, just a place to learn more about the do’s and don’ts of keeping fit during pregnancy.
  • my Pregnancy Fitness classes running on Wednesdays at 7pm in Portlaoise. I have a new 4-week course starting on Wed 7th of September and this will be my last course before I have the baby.
  • my Buggy Bootcamp classes running on Wednesday mornings at 10am in Portlaoise. This is a pay as you go class and you can join in any time. The last class will be held on Wed 28th of September.

The final day for joining my Super Six-week Slim-down is September 5th. For all of the details about the course head over here.



Pregnancy Video – Week 23 Update & Weight

Week 22 FrontWeek 22Hi Everyone,

Today I’m posting my second pregnancy update video. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the first one you can find it here. In this video I’m talking about my gratitude for a smooth run so far and also weight gain during pregnancy. So many women that I come in contact with either through personal training or online have told me how they have struggled or are struggling with weight gain during pregnancy. For some it’s that they were gaining too much excess weight from eating unhealthily and not getting enough, if any, exercise. For others it was that they felt they were too focused on how much they were gaining throughout and didn’t enjoy their pregnancy enough as a result. This isn’t a ‘what’s right and what’s wrong’ kind of post just a little advice about your mindset in relation to pregnancy weight gain and about keeping as fit and healthy as you possibly can for your own sake. It’s not intended to offend anyone and so I really hope that it doesn’t.

No of weeks pregnant: 23

Currently feeling: Very good, no complaints at all thankfully!

Exercise: Going well so far. I’m probably not going to continue to run for much longer as detailed in the video because of the pressure I feel on my bladder but I’ll be (fast) walking the roads for as long as I possibly can. I’m also doing interval training workouts, resistance training, Pilates and Yoga.

Food: Maintaining a well balanced diet at the minute. Being particularly good 5-6 days per week and then having a day or two where I’m more flexible which usually means eating out or eating cake!

Bump is: Getting a lot bigger and very active. Jumping from one position to another constantly.

Anything else: Really looking forward to my next scan which will be in a couple of weeks. We’re considering finding out what we’re having this time but still not 100% sure about it. Also now starting to consider the things we need to do to get Frankie prepared for the new baby such as moving him into his own bed. Even though he’ll be two in a fortnight I still feel like he’s a new baby. Where has the time gone?!

My Measurements:

As I said in my first post I’m not weighing myself during this pregnancy like I did with Frankie. It bothered me too much last time and there really is no need to watch the scales once you are eating a healthy, balanced diet and getting regular exercise. I take my measurements because I find it interesting to see what’s happening to my body but again won’t be getting too hung up on them. I was surprised by how little they changed this time but I’m sure they will be a lot different next time.

 Week 32This Week
Hips 38"38"

Please contact me to find out more information about:

  • joining the (free) private Pregnancy Fitness Group on Facebook
  • joining my Buggy Bootcamp class in Portlaoise on a Wednesday morning
  • joining my forthcoming Pregnancy Fitness Classes in Portlaoise (date and time TBD)

You can also find out more about my Super Six-week Slim-down here. This is my current online course and is running all summer. It’s a course designed for busy women who want to improve their health and fitness without fuss and is particularly popular with new mothers and brides-to-be.

Hope you find this helpful and as always feel free to contact me if you have any comments or questions.


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