Being a blogger opens the doors to many opportunities and none more important than raising awareness for good causes. One of my chosen good causes which I’m supporting this year is the MAMA Academy; a charity set up in 2012 to help more babies arrive safely as the UK has one of the highest still birth rates in the developed world. By raising awareness through several campaigns, MAMA Academy aim to empower expectant mums with pregnancy information, feeling in control of their pregnancy and confident in reporting problematic symptoms to their maternity team without delay. Ultimately, they are committed to raising awareness to what can be done to save babies’ lives.
As a mum to 3 healthy boys, each pregnancy had it’s minor hiccups but resulted in a positive outcome. There were moments when I worried something was wrong, usually when they hadn’t moved for a while, and through seeking advice, I was reassured that everything was ok. I was lucky to have midwives who listened and took any concerns I had seriously and it’s theses types of concerns and awareness of what to expect that all expectent mums need, which is where MAMA Academy comes in.
It’s not a charity I was aware of before joining the blogging community and becoming a MAMA Academy blogger so I’m joining a team of like-minded parenting bloggers to raise awareness and funds to support the vital work they do.
So how am I doing this?
Well I’m doing what I do best as a busy mum of three, I’m walking, jogging and blogging. I hit the bog 4-0 later this year and fitness is foremost on my mind. I’ve made a few adjustments to lead a healthier lifestyle but I’m taking it one step further but setting myself a 10 month challenge to complete 1000 miles, 100 a month, aiming for 25 a week. in support for the Made to Measure campaign – bringing trusts together to save 1000 babies’ lives.
To complete this challenge I’ve got myself an essential #Miles4MAMA kit;
A FitBit Flex to track my miles – these ingenious devices are worn like a watch around you wrist and log your steps which can also be converted in to miles when synced to an app on my phone. This is just the incentive I need to keep me going and when I’ve had a lazy day, I can make it up on the next one.
A Mountain Buggy Terrain pushchair – Having the right pushchair means that no where is out of bounds. And so I don’t tire of the same walk over and over again I needed something which I could both run with and one which could manage the changing terrains of coast, countryside and road. This one ticks every box for those leading a healthy active life with a baby or toddler in tow. It’s light weight, a dream to push, has a hand brake to manage the hills and has quick release, changeable tyres for road to country. The handy bottle holders make exercising with babies just that little bit easier too.
Ascis gel trainers – A decent pair of trainers is a must to prevent injury when exercising. I’ve cried out a wet test to determine which trainers are best for my stride. It takes a lot to get me out of flip-flops but for this challenge to be successful, then I need something which isn’t going to cripple me when I speed walk on pebbles. (A sight to be seen in it’s self!)
So hang on in there with me and follow my challenge, if you really want to spur me on, why not pledge a donation to MAMA Academy through the Team MAMA just giving page. Once those pennies start dropping in there’s no turning back!
You can also join in by starting your own #miles4mamma challenge.
To be continued……