Fit Bottomed Mama Erin Whitehead
As one half of the health and fitness site, Fit Bottomed Mamas, Erin Whitehead knows all too well how difficult it can be to balance a healthy lifestyle with the hustle and bustle of work and family life. It’s in seeking this balance for her own life that Fit Bottomed Mama’ was created with the goal of helping bring fun, fitness and balance to pregnancy, post-delivery recovery, and an expanding family.
Where did you get the idea to start Fit Bottomed Mamas?
Two years into doing Fit Bottomed Girls, I got pregnant with my daughter. It was such a new and exciting time for me and with so many health and fitness issues related to pregnancy, I wanted to talk about them but it didn’t necessarily fit our FBG audience. What prenatal workouts should I do? How much weight should I gain? How do I get back into shape? We knew it would be a great fit for Fit Bottomed Girls who have recently become moms or moms to be, so we launched Fit Bottomed Mamas in 2010 before my daughter was born.
What types of articles are featured on the site?
Our content ranges from personal experiences with pregnancy and prenatal fitness, childbirth and postpartum fitness, breastfeeding, eating healthy and raising a kiddo to healthy recipes, tips on getting the whole family active, reviews of workout DVDs that are great for moms, and commentary on hot-button parenting issues. If it’s related to keeping moms, kids, and families healthier, we cover it.
What is one of your favorite healthy recipes on Fit Bottomed Mamas?
I just made kale chips for the first time, and I’m pretty much obsessed!
Personally, what is your favorite section of the website and why?
I love the freedom the Mommy Talk section gives me to write about the issues I’m facing—from finding work/life balance to freakish postpartum hair-loss to my various misadventures in parenting and trying to stay healthy and active. I also love our Belly Laughs section—so much good parenting humor out there!
Do you have any advice for new moms who want to start getting fit?
Especially if you’re newly postpartum, take it slowly and make it a priority to fit it in when you can. When you’re a mom, there are never enough hours in the day, no matter how organized you are. You have to adjust from the mindset of having the luxury of your hour-long workouts to only being able to squeeze in 10 minutes during nap time. Don’t underestimate the power of a 10-minute workout and don’t feel like a failure because that’s all you can fit in.
What are some of your top tips for keeping your family healthy?
Eat together as a family and get active together! Use family time together as the opportunity to run around and play, head to a park, or take a walk together.
Erin Whitehead is the co-founder of Fit Bottomed Mamas and Fit Bottomed Girls. Erin has years of workout experience, is well versed in fitness news and trends, and holds a degree in journalism from the University of Kansas. When not working out, Erin can be found hanging with her husband, daughter and pug, and recently gave birth to a healthy baby boy! Be sure to read about all of Erin’s motherhood adventures on Fit Bottomed Mamas!