For a personal trainer, Tiffiny Hall is taking an unconventional path following the birth of her three-week-old baby, Arnold.
Instead of showcasing a body that ‘bounces back’ seemingly the moment pregnancy is over, Hall is sharing with her followers, and those involved in her fitness program, an authentic and unfiltered representation of how a woman’s body looks after having a baby.
In an Instagram post shared on Wednesday, the 33-year-old wrote, “here is another kind of now and then,” alongside a photo of her before and after her pregnancy.
Here is another kind of now and then, and you know what? I couldn’t be happier. I look at Arnold and it’s me who created that little Ninja! My body did that. So, the way I see it, I’m the strongest I’ve ever been ???? Ninjas come in all shapes and sizes, the goal is to work on the happy just as much as the fit. It is sooooo important to be happy and healthy and imperative to be a Ninja and to have the support of an amazing community. Today is last day to become a Ninja and I would love it if you would join me getting #happyfit together ????❌ ⭕️️ ~ #tiffxo #thisishappyfit #imadeanArnie #bodylove #ninjascomeinallshapesandsizes #2weekspostpartum
“I couldn’t be happier,” she wrote. “I look at Arnold and it’s me who created that little Ninja! My body did that. So, the way I see it, I’m the strongest I’ve ever been.”
“Ninjas come in all shapes and sizes, the goal is to work on the happy just as much as the fit.”
Speaking to Mamamia, Hall said her pursuit of honesty was sparked by her complicated pregnancy. The fitness entrepreneur suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum; that is, severe nausea from the early stages of conception all the way to birth. She was hospitalised every three to four weeks.
“I was even throwing up with every contraction during labour,” Tiffiny says.
The birth wasn’t an easy journey either, with Arnold born with the cord around his neck. “Arnold was pretty limp afterwards,” Tiffany says. “It was very scary.”
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For the new mum – whose husband is actor, radio host and comedian Ed Kavalee – the entire experience was a timely reminder of what’s really important.
“There’s not enough emphasis on mental health recovery after birth, it’s all about ‘my body looks like this’,” Tiffiny says. “I don’t appreciate it when women are [posing on Instagram] in a bikini two weeks later, it’s not easy or fair for other women.
“I know what it takes [to get my pre-baby body] and it takes a lot of time and sacrifice and I’m not willing to diet while I’m breastfeeding. I’m not going to jeopardise my milk supply. Because I had an episiotomy I need to wait for six weeks before I do anything.
“Getting to know my baby is what’s important to me right now.”