Life of a working mom
Kathrin from KCA gives an insight into her experiences as a working mother.
How do you manage running a business while raising a baby?
I’ve always been a very independent and determined person with a full to-do list. I was back to replying to emails the day after I gave birth and–if I’m being honest–it really worked in my case! I think that getting back to my usual routine so quickly helped me ease into such a huge change in my life. Having a baby—it’s the most beautiful experience, but it’s true that your whole life is turned upside down. Everything is new and your nights are very short. It’s very challenging to run your own business when you have had only a few hours of sleep, but I’m very blessed because my sisters will always have my back and jump on the very early KCA calls. The hardest lesson was realizing, that I’m not able to give 100% all the time. Working, keeping the house tidy, walking the dog and taking care of myself whilst trying to be the best partner and mum—I had to make peace with the fact that I can’t live up to all the expectations, and that’s okay.
What did you wear during your pregnancy? Which KCA-LAB pieces would you recommend?
Leggings were always my go-to piece! The high-waisted fit and seamless fabric gave the bump that extra support without compromising on style—besides, I was very proud to show off my curves. The KCA-LAB compression tights really worked their magic especially in the later stage of my pregnancy, when my body was changing the most. I love to play with colours and fabrics that give my own spin to my looks.
Did your workout routine change during and after your pregnancy?
When I first found out I was pregnant, I imagined all the glorious symptoms in my head that every mother can’t wait to have like water retention, morning sickness and putting on a lot of weight. Surprisingly, I was really lucky and didn’t get any of them. Working out and eating clean has been always a big part of my life, but don’t get me wrong: Of course, I had some weird cravings. As I was already a chocolate lover before my pregnancy, I assumed that my sweet tooth would get even worse, but funnily enough, that wasn’t the case. The only thing I could think of, after opening my eyes for the first time, were two soft boiled eggs 🙂
I’m not even kidding—my partner now knows, how to boil eggs to perfection. I started boxing around two years ago and since then, weekly sessions have become integral to my routine. I kept being active until around 8-and-a-half months pregnant—that’s when my body started giving me signals to slow down. After giving birth, my doctor gave me the all clear and I began with light exercises like yoga at 6 weeks postpartum. I would be lying if I said it was easy, but I think the most important thing is to listen to your body and to feel in tune with yourself.
What does a normal day look like for you?
It’s challenging to have a routine when you have a baby. My day depends on my son’s last night’s sleep, which also means my last night’s sleep! I usually start to blink my eyes at 6 a.m. If the baby hasn’t let me get enough sleep, I try to stay in bed until 8 a.m. and catch up on some z’s while my partner takes over. It sounds so simple, but when you feel like a walking zombie every minute of sleep counts. Before I roll out of bed, I always try to have some quality time and cuddles with Bonnie, our French Bulldog. My morning starts with KCA-LAB calls from 9 a.m., then meetings around noon and more calls in the afternoon.
I start getting emails and Whatsapp messages from 7 a.m., as our head office in Germany is an hour ahead of the UK time. Throughout the day, if time in between meetings & calls allows, we all go for a walk in the park. Before you realize the day is over and it’s time for Logan’s Goodnight’s kiss. As work never stops, it’s so rewarding to finally settle in for the day and spend some quality time with my partner. As much as I would like to say I have 8 hands, none of this would have been possible without the help of our loving nanny.
What advice would you give to mothers-to-be?
Having a baby is like a Kinder Surprise: You never know what you’re going to get.
I’m no expert in parenting, but one word of advice that I would give to mothers to be: There is no right or wrong way to parent. Just be there for your baby, they will feel your energy and love.
And remember, don’t compare your reality to someone else’s highlight reel. Just go with the flow.