What words do you associate with motherhood: Exhaustion? Martyrdom? A complete lack of time and energy? For Strong Like Mum founder, Shakira Akabusi, this was the bleak picture painted for her during her first pregnancy, six years ago.
From being told she would never going to have time to exercise, or be body confident, or sleep – ever again, the general consensus was that motherhood was a one way ticket to losing everything she felt was intrinsically “her”.
‘To me, that was like telling me I couldn’t be who I was,’ pre- and postnatal health expert Akabusi shares, chatting just before the birth of her twins earlier this summer. ‘I love being in touch with my physical body and everyone was telling me, “you can’t do this”.’
Fortunately, this only spurred Akabusi to share her journey, documenting her first and second pregnancies online, picking up a host of support along