I am delighted to introduce you to Pauline Hanuise. She is a fantastic holistic health coach and brought so much into my life. She is also a source of inspiration for so many people around the world that she helped to make peace with food. Guess what?! she is also a wonderful Womom 🙂 here her interview on how she approached motherhood! Enjoy!
1. How would you describe yourself? who are you?
I am Pauline Hanuise. After working many years in advertising, I recovered from a 15 years struggle with full blown bulimia. This is when I decided to study to become a Holistic Health Coach. Today, through my coaching and online program, I am helping women from all over the world recovering from their tortuous relationship with food and live a better life.
8 months ago, I also gave birth to my first child, a wonderful baby boy named Théo.
2. Do you feel your life has changed by becoming a womom?
Yes, that’s the least we can say 😉
3. How did you adjust & re-balanced your life?
In the first few months, I had no choice but to stop working on my business. I have to say that I was not prepared for that at all. I thought I would still be able to work while my baby would be sleeping, at least 5 hours per day! Ha ha ha
And I have to admit that exercising and cooking were not part of my priorities during that time either. Théo took so much time and energy from me that – even if it was not always easy – I had to let go and go with the flow (his flow).
Now, it doesn’t stay like that forever. After 3-4 months, I was able to get a bit more time for myself and I also regained enough energy to exercise, cook, work and do the things that are important for me.
4. What are your top tips to keep rocking as an healthy happy womom?
Take a break from your mum’s life as often as needed. Have your mum, your husband, a family member or a baby sitter come from time to time to take care of your child. This way, you can get a bit of time for yourself and focus on yourself, your work, your health, your passions, etc…
It’s easy to forget yourself while trying to be the perfect mum and I think this is a dangerous game. Don’t feel bad because you don’t take care of your baby all-the-time.
It’s the same with breastfeeding. I have so many friends who’ve breastfed their babies till around 18 months or more and it’s awesome. But for my part, I realised that I felt better including one or two bottles per day, so I could get an evening out or a glass of wine from time to time if I wanted to. Today, I am still partially breastfeeding, which gives us the best of both worlds. I’ve also got Théo started with childcare 3 days per week, so even if I am working from home, I can focus 100% on my work 3 days per week and 100% on him the rest of the time.
5. Did you ever felt overwhelmed by being a perfect womom?
Sure, especially in the first few weeks, when you have to find your place as a mum and still don’t know how it works. Not to mention that everyone around you – from your mother in law to the perfect stranger you meet at the supermarket – have an opinion on what you should do or not do!
I think it’s totally normal to feel this way but at the end of the day, there is no such thing as a perfect mum. Everyone is different, every mum is different, and you just have to stay yourself.
5. What are the things you would have appreciated to know before having a baby?