For you, with Love
Hello, and welcome to Omm FIT!
My name is Rebecca and I am a Mum of two young boys. I live in Perth, W.A. and I have a Maltese background. Omm in Maltese means, Mother.
I founded Omm FIT in-between having my sons. Here is some of my story...
December 2016, eight weeks after the birth of my first son, I decided to invest in my health and fitness, and post-natal recovery. Not because I had any major issues to work through after childbirth, or any issues with my weight, but because I believe in two philosophies in life – start as you intend to continue; and “I think therefore I am” – Rene Descartes.
Even before having children I’d always intended to be a good role model for them. I wanted them to know the importance of looking after and loving yourself. So I set out to be an example, and it started by doing something small for myself but massive for my recovery and wellbeing.
I joined a hydrotherapy class and a Mum-&-Bub fitness class and was on the road to feeling fabulous about myself in my new stretched out skin! But at both classes I noticed that the basic needs of post-natal and nursing mothers were grossly neglected.
I don’t remember which came first, but I can recall the moment it dawned on me at each class...
I remember sitting poolside at a hydrotherapy session. I was in my one-piece swimsuit breastfeeding my son. Most of the other mothers there were doing the same. All of us, including myself, where wearing regular swimwear which meant we needed to stretch the shoulder straps over our shoulders and roll our arms through, in order to make ourselves available to breastfeed - particularly difficult in a clingy wet swimsuit.
I thought to myself, “Why isn’t anyone here wearing swimwear that allows us to breastfeed our babies?”
I remember struggling after every Mum-&-Bub class to lift my tight and sweaty sports crop up and over my breast in order to make myself available to breastfeed my son. I used to have to hold him in one hand, and with the other hand hold my sports crop off my chest to prevent squashing my breast and spraying my son in the face with milk! Hardly relaxing or breastfeeding friendly.
I noticed another mum struggling with the same difficulties, and thought to myself, “If only there were sports crops that allowed us to breastfeed our babies!”
It was evident that there was a gap in the market for activewear and swimwear for breastfeeding mothers.
I went home and searched online for these products and found practically nothing. I found a heap of maternity activewear and maternity swimwear made to fit a growing bump, but none that catered for post-natal and nursing mothers who wanted to invest in their post-natal health and fitness. It was like this segment of the market had been overlooked.
Regular activewear and swimwear, or maternity activewear and swimwear just weren’t practical or comfortable while breastfeeding, or for a changing post-natal body. So I decided to do something about it.
So you can see, the Omm FIT philosophy THINK.DO.BE. is no accident. It is an adaptation of my personal mantra. And I truly beleive that investing in our health and wellbeing as mothers, we are in turn investing in the health and wellbeing of our children; but you can't pour from an empty cup. Being a happy, healthy, strong person is key to bringing up happy, healthy and strong kids. And it starts by taking the right steps to loving and taking care of yourself!