Louisa is a mother whose kindness, sense of humour and genuine soul really inspires us.
Louisa is a mother of four (and rumour has it she's keen to expand that troop to include a 5th!) who last year became an egg donor, to, in her own words, 'give the gift of motherhood to other women'.
If you, or anyone you know, has ever struggled with fertility you'll know what an incredible gift this is. This selfless act is not easy on her body or her hormones, but she does it all while keeping her family spinning and with a smile on her face.
Louisa donated eggs twice last year and is just preparing for her third round of donation. She is certainly one incredible, loving and generous woman.
What does motherhood mean to you?
Motherhood to me is one of the hardest but most rewarding things I’ve ever done. Becoming a mum taught me the true value of unconditional love; what it means to truly be selfless and constantly put the needs of another human above your own.
It’s growing with them and continuously learning from one another, it’s raising them to be kind, compassionate and accepting. Being a mother has been more than I ever could have imagined.
What's one healthy habit you've tried to pass onto your children?
To move your body! In a day and age where it’s so easy for kids to fall into the screen time trap we’re constantly reminding our kids of the importance of getting up, getting out and being in nature. Not only is it good for their bodies but it’s so great for their minds.
What are you most grateful to your mother (or a mother figure in your life) for?
I’m grateful for my mum's strength to fight and never give up. We had some incredibly tough times growing up and I can’t even begin to imagine what it must’ve been like for her knowing her kids were dealing with those struggles.
She’s been my biggest teacher without even knowing it. She’s taught me to be strong and compassionate to people from all walks of life no matter where they’ve come from.
My mum and I haven’t always had a perfect relationship but I’m forever grateful for her. Love you, and thank you Tracey.
How has your health journey impacted your journey as a mother?
It’s impacted it hugely!
I strongly believe that we, as mothers, give so much of ourselves to our children that we often put ourselves on the back burner. But we need a little self love to. Our job is like no other, we need to be feeling good not only physically but mentally too.
For me personally, when I start to fall out of my healthy routines I know I’m not giving my kids 100%.
I know that when I move my body, eat good food and take the right supplements, I not only feel great but it shows. It shines from the inside out. I’m happier and I have energy to keep up with my kids and our chaotic lifestyle, that’s what I want them to remember.
What tips or advice can you pass on around staying healthy while being a busy mum?
I think my main piece of advice is that it’s so important for mums to know that you don’t ever need to feel guilty about taking time for yourself. No matter what that may look like for you, make sure you’re doing something that makes you feel good. Whether that’s moving your body, making nutritious foods, reading a book or going to meet friends. You are a priority too!
When we feel stressed, our kids can sense that and it can affect the way that they act.