Marie has become the healthy mum she always dreamt of being after losing over four stone following the birth of her second baby following the Slimming World Extra Easy eating plan.
And she continues to manage her weight to ensure that will not change with her third pregnancy.
Marie joined her local Slimming World group in Millbrook five weeks after having her second baby and continued to attend every week before making the decision to take over the group as consultant in April.
Now she’s expecting baby number three but this time is maintaining a healthy weight – something she hasn’t done with her previous pregnancies.
Marie said: “I have always struggled with my weight especially, during pregnancy, but after losing the weight attending Slimming World I learnt the Extra Easy eating plan is safe for everyone, including pregnant women!
“So I am still enjoying all my favourite foods and this pregnancy is different.”
Marie became a target member in her local group and needed to find another group to attend so she got the necessary advice and support afforded to all members.
She added: “I decided that since becoming a Consultant I missed being a member of a group and feeling the support and motivation from fellow members.
“I was worried that although I was at target not attending group would mean I may not be able to maintain it so I became a member at Maria’s GOLD group at The Bridge Inn, Stalybridge on Saturday mornings.”
“Maria advised that while losing weight during pregnancy wasn’t recommended, managing my weight by avoiding gaining a lot of excess weight would help to avoid complications.”
Slimming World works in partnership with the Royal College of Midwives to provide healthy eating advice for mums to be and new mums.
The specially-tailored plan encourages plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, chicken, pasta and potatoes while encouraging extra portions of certain foods containing calcium.
Marie shares how simple the plan is to follow and it is great to feel reassured that Food Optimising is safe for the whole family.
She said: “When my baby is born I will continue to attend group, especially as I know children and babies are always welcomed at group too. There is a queue of members to cuddle the little ones while you step on the scales!
“By managing my weight throughout my pregnancy I’ll have less to lose afterwards to get me back to target. I’m planning to keep up my healthy habits and ensure my children are as fit and strong as they can be.
“I feel like I’m giving my children the best start in life not to mention that being in my third trimester I’ve still not had to purchase any maternity clothing.”
Maria Palma, who runs The Bridge Inn Slimming World group, said: “We are all so very proud of Marie reaching her target weight.
“Her ability to continue to manage her weight throughout pregnancy is admirable and has improved not only her own health, but the health of her family.
“We don’t encourage weight loss or ‘dieting’ during pregnancy – instead we support women to adopt a balanced, healthy diet to prevent excess weight gain.
“Marie is a shining example of what can be achieved, and I know she will keep these changes up for the health and happiness of her family with the continued support of her Slimming World group.
“Her midwife is over the moon with Marie’s progress and with less than eight weeks to go Marie has gained a quarter of the weight she gained in her second pregnancy.”
Marie and Maria have both recently been recognised for their warm and friendly groups with Marie’s group joining Slimming World’s Silver Century Club and Maria’s the Gold Century Club.
Marie’s group meets every Wednesday at 3:30pm, 5:30pm and 7:30pm at Revive Church Millbrook, Stalybridge and Maria Palma’s group meets every Saturday at 7:30am, 9:30am and 11:30am at The Bridge Inn, Stalybridge. For more information contact Marie on 07585 963169 or Maria on 07711 540115.
To find out more about how Slimming World works with the RCM visit www.slimmingworld.com/mums