In celebration of Mother’s Day, we sat down with Kyra Kelly, Studio Manager at Barrecore Moorgate, who happily juggles motherhood and work, to talk about the joys and challenges of motherhood, and what being a mum means to her.

Congratulations on becoming a mother! What has been the best thing about your experience to date?

Wow, what a tough question! I think the best thing for me is caring for a tiny human who is completely dependent on me and the absolute unconditional love we have for each other. Watching her grow and develop into herself has been incredible.

What was your take on fitness and wellbeing when you were pregnant?

I enjoy fitness and it has always been a big part of my life. I really wanted to stay active during my pregnancy. Not for aesthetic reasons but because I knew it would make the birth smoother and life with a newborn baby a lot easier. I also believe that a healthy mama makes for a healthy baby. I continued with Barrecore classes throughout my pregnancy until just before my due date and did 5km walks most days until the day before I went into hospital. I thought this would help me go into labour on my due date or even beforehand (I was impatient!). Although I didn’t go into labour on one of the long walks or in a Barrecore class, the endurance I developed really helped in my postnatal recovery.

What has surprised you the most about being a mum?

How little time you have for yourself when you become a mum has been my biggest surprise. Having an uninterrupted shower has become a luxury and a bath is basically a spa day now. You learn to appreciate and value the small things you can do with your time.

What have been some of the biggest challenges of motherhood?

Sleep deprivation in the early days of motherhood was the biggest challenge for me. Everyone warns you about this, but no amount of warning prepares you for the lack of sleep experienced when you have a newborn baby.

What advice do you have for someone when thinking about what to get the maternal figure in their life something for Mother's Day?

As someone who prioritises health and wellbeing, I would have to say a gift card for a spa treatment or a pack of Barrecore classes would be something special she may not buy for herself but would love to enjoy as a gift. It’s important to make time for yourself at any age and I’m always encouraged to see so many clients taking on barre as a low-impact exercise that can be enjoyed through later years. Otherwise, you can’t go wrong with something sentimental - maybe a picture frame with an old photo or a reservation at their favourite restaurant.

What advice did your mum give you that you remember best?

Sleep when the baby sleeps (who hasn’t heard this one) and enjoy every moment because it goes so quickly!

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Best wishes,
The Barrecore team x

"I continued with Barrecore classes throughout my pregnancy until just before my due date."