Motherhood is an incredible rite of passage for women. It comes with a multitude of mixed feelings and emotions, from euphoria and warm, unconditional motherly love, to uncertainty and almost torturous tiredness. This is all normal! Let’s face it, motherhood is wonderful, but it’s a tough gig, and none of us really know what we are doing!
I strongly believe that we as mothers, need to take care of ourselves first, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. If we want balance in our lives, and are practicing healthy living through regular exercise and healthy eating, we are better able to meet the ever-changing demands of motherhood, lead our families and be a positive role model for our children. We may slip, an even fall (I certainly do!!) but if we have these healthy practices to return to, we can embrace motherhood with positive energy.
That is why I have designed these 12 week healthy living programs for pregnancy and motherhood. You don’t have to do this alone!! It takes a village to raise a family, and we are here to support and guide you with our professional knowledge, practical skills and personal experience.
Bachelor of Applied Science Human Movement Studies, and Masters Physiotherapy
Paula is a women’s health physiotherapist specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology. Her interest in obstetrics and gynaecology started many years ago, after supporting her sister Marg, at the birth of her first niece Jessica in 1999. Paula has a lifelong passion for health and fitness and completed her first degree in Exercise Physiology before going on to complete a Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland. She has worked at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Mater Redlands and Mater Mother’s Hospital in Brisbane, gaining valuable experience, and a passion for Women’s Health Physiotherapy. She established her own private practice, Yummy Mummy Physio in 2005, providing specialised physiotherapy services in the area of Women’s Health, in particular, Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Paula combines her Masters in Physiotherapy, Bachelor of Exercise Physiology and her own personal Yummy Mummy motherhood experiences to provide the best possible care to women throughout pregnancy and motherhood. Her specialty is supporting women in their return to exercise and sport postnatally.
Paula is an inspirational motivator, embodies health and wellness and her zest for life infectious. She is passionate about inspiring women to live a healthy, balanced and active lifestyle to enable them to fully embrace their experience of motherhood with a energy, happiness and a calm and present mind. She leads by example and demonstrates a holistic approach to life, motherhood and physiotherapy care, advocating healthy eating, regular exercise, mindfulness and meditation for complete physical, mental, spiritual and emotional wellbeing.
The loves of Paula’s life are her two children, Andrew and Cleo. She remained active throughout her pregnancies and had two natural, active births. She ran the New York Marathon 8 months after the birth of her baby boy Andrew and ran the Gold Coast Marathon 12 months after the birth of her baby girl Cleo. She has a keen interest in sport, including running, kickboxing, pilates, yoga, basketball and functional training and loves the challenge and excitement of a new adventure.
Paula is part of the team at Bayside Obstetrics and Gynaecology and provides specialist Women’s Health Physiotherapy services, including Mum & Bub Pilates and Fitness classes. She also treats private obstetric and gynaecological patients at Mater Redland’s Hospital. She is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and Women’s Health Training Associates.
After over 10 years of requests from her loyal physio, pilates and personal training customers, Paula has now released an innovative series of online, evidence based, physiotherapy and dietitian designed, lifestyle programs for pregnancy and motherhood.
Bachelor of Science Biochemistry, and Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics
Jillian is an Accredited Practising Dietitian specialising in paediatric nutrition for expectant mums, infants, and children through to teenage years. Jillian has over fifteen years professional experience including as a clinical dietitian and private consultant.
Her motivation and professional commitment is to provide clients with practical strategies that will make a difference, be achievable and safe. With differing information available online, in the media and within social networks, it is often difficult for expectant mothers and parents to follow a single plan with confidence. Jillian provides assessments and recommendations in line with evidence-based Australian Healthcare guidelines.
Having spent many years in hospital and clinical settings, including the Royal Children’s Hospital and Mater Children’s Hospital, Jillian is experienced in providing diet therapy and treatments for a broad range of medical conditions. With three children of her own, Jillian now owns and operates Bris Kids Nutrition, focusing on paediatric nutrition, food allergies and intolerances. Jillian’s consultancy incorporates nutrition assessments and treatments during pregnancy, and postnatal for both mother and baby.
Jillian is an enthusiastic advocate of health promotion. For the last thirteen years she has been presenting ‘Healthy Eating for the Early Years’ workshops in conjunction with NAQ Nutrition. The workshops are designed to inform and educate staff and parents in Early Childhood settings about delivering a variety of fresh whole foods to give children their best start in life.
Jillian’s formal qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics, and Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nutrition & Dietetics. She is currently Chairperson for the Queensland Dietitian’s Allergy Group, Member of the Dietitian’s Association of Australia (DAA) and an associate member of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA).
Paula and Jillian met in their first year of university when they were just 18 years old, studying Human Movements Studies. They have remained friends since, sharing their pregnancy and motherhood experiences together. Jillian attended Paula’s pregnancy and postnatal exercise and Pilates classes, and Jillian offered specialised dietary advice during pregnancy, breastfeeding and for their babies. Their kids now attend the same primary school.
They have teamed up to design an innovative series of exercise and dietary lifestyle packages for pregnancy and motherhood, complete with meal plans, recipes, pilates and fitness workouts, practical tips and advice in line with the current research and evidence-base guidelines in their respective professions.