Claudia is a passionate woman that promotes wellness and spreads positivity in abundance on her social media feed. Shes also a nurse and an army veteran, which I find very impressive and slightly intimidating but her kindness alone melted away any inhibitions I had about approaching her to participate for this interview. Thank you so much Claudia for the important work you continue to do, on top of being a mom. I admire your easy smile and the way you share your postpartum fitness journey so unapologetically, it’s inspiring and beautiful to witness. Cheera mama!LET’S RAISE THIS MOTHER
Tell me about yourself
My name is Claudia Lombera. I am a Mexican American, Army Veteran, Registered Nurse and now mommy of my sweet cub Leo.
I have been a mommy for 9 months now, my son was born January 2019 during the super wolf blood moon eclipse. I worked as a CCU/ICU nurse for a VA (veterans) hospital up until one week before my son was born. I turned in my resignation with the plan to stay home with baby for one year then either going back to school for a masters or finding per diem work. Of course nothing goes as planned.
Did you always want kids? If not, when did that change?
I got married at such a young age of eighteen and I knew I wanted to be a mommy someday but not then. I was in the military at the time I did not think I could bare being away from my baby during a deployment like I would see other mothers do.
Then after the military I started nursing school which is so demanding. I didn’t want to neglect my baby or my studies so I decided to keep waiting. My husband always told me he was ready but he also respected my wishes to wait. As a married Latina it was hard for our family to understand that I was goal driven and wanted to wait before growing our family. We would constantly hear “when is the baby coming?”. Our son was actually born one month after our ten year wedding anniversary. He was definitely worth the wait. I am glad I was able to establish my career by earning my degree and gaining work experience as well as buying our home and travelling before we decided to have a baby.
Tell me about the birth or infancy stage of your child
My son was born during the Super Wolf Blood Moon eclipse. My dad called me a week before my son was born predicting that the eclipse was going to bring the baby. He heard on the radio that eclipse tend to increase the number of births and that it might have to do with shifts in water like how the moon affects the waves in the ocean.
The day of the eclipse I remember timing my contractions as we ate dinner at a local wing place we love. They were about seven minutes apart but so irregular I thought they were braxton hicks. My husband was worried about the eclipse and wanted me to wear red underwear and a safety pin on my belly to protect the baby from eclipse because his mother advised him to so after dinner he wanted to stop at the store. We stopped at a pharmacy because I wanted to make some freezer pads for postpartum recovery. We didn’t find red underwear that he insisted I needed so he wanted to go to another store. I told him I wasn’t feeling good and just wanted to go home. Well as soon as we got home, my water broke! Boy was I glad we did not go to the second store! From there things progressed quickly. We called our Doula and we met her at the hospital. My son was born within the hour of arriving to the hospital. My doctor barely had time to put her gloves on. I wanted a natural birth from the beginning and was bummed at first that I could not deliver my baby at a birth center with a midwife due to high risk pregnancy for irregular heart rhythm. The universe put me in the right place where I was still able to deliver naturally without epidural and my Doula by my side. The hospital staff was great making sure I breastfed right away. They had me put him on my breast before they even did their measurements allowing us to bond with him right away. Overall I think it was best case scenario for a first time mom, a quick natural delivery. My dad still claims the eclipse brought the baby one week early. He was born one week before my due date and he was considered a precipitous labor meaning he was born within three hours of regular contractions starting.
This would have to be a diaper changing story. My husband went to the nursery to change diaper and next thing I hear is “help! Hurry come help me!”
I rushed over to the nursery and as I’m walking in he says “Stop, don’t take another step”. I look down and there was poop everywhere. Apparently he took the diaper off and the baby shooted poop across the room all over the carpet, the changing table, and his clothes. We just looked at each other and started laughing. Then the baby started laughing too. I will always remember my husbands face of panic when I walked in. There might also still be a stain on the carpet to remind us of this moment.
What was the biggest sacrifice of motherhood to you? And how are you coping?
My biggest sacrifice was giving up my ICU job to stay home with my baby. It was a great job with great coworkers, great pay, and great benefits. This sacrifice though has led to me pursuing my dreams.
For a few years even before I knew I was pregnant I was looking into being a health coach. I knew I did not want to be in a hospital setting caring for very ill people forever. I wanted to educate people and prevent them from getting to CCU with heart failure, heart attacks or dying from Sepsis. I was on the education council at work, I volunteered doing education events but I never went for it. It was always just a thought, a dream that felt unreal. At 7 months postpartum as I was looking at grad school applications, I finally decided to go for it. I am working on my health coach certification with a goal to help people with Diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and other health issues. I am definitely closer to my dream now than I was a few months ago thanks to my baby pushing me without him even knowing.
What do you love most about being a mom?
I love being my babies safe place. I love it when he holds my hand and his warm cuddles. I love how he pushes me to be better and how he melts my heart with his smile and laugh.
What lessons and values do you hope to instill in your child?
I hope to teach him to be kind, brave and humble. I also want to teach him to always be the hardest working, most motivated, positive energy in the room so that doors will open for him.
Tell me about your job(s).
Currently I am a Beachbody Coach. I run fitness groups helping people lose weight, learn about eating healthy, gain confidence and most importantly to love themselves. As a nurse I am able to really help them focus and achieve their health related goals. I take a holistic approach and really listen to my clients to find where I can best help them.
I love my job because I get to work from home with flexible schedule. I get to do all the fun activities with my son and I don’t feel like I am missing out.
This is what I envisioned when I thought about what it would be like with a baby. I waited before because I wanted to be sure I would be present and not miss out on the little moments. If I would’ve continued in ICU, I would have to work weekends, holidays and possibly miss out on birthdays. Holidays are coming up and I don’t have to worry about my schedule or hoping I get Christmas off. I know I will spend all of these special moments with my son and family. I truly feel that the universe has put me where I need to be and I am thankful that I have been open to it’s guidance.
How long did it take until you made money?
I started making money my first month which felt unreal.
I have run fitness groups before I was introduced to Beach body so it sounded unreal to be able to make money by helping people live healthier. I felt like all my life experiences as a medic in the military, as a nurse, and from my hobbies have prepared me to guide people on their health journey.
Could you help other moms do what you do?
Yes I would love to help other mommies live a life of freedom, flexibility but still have a career.
My favorite part about this job is that one of the priorities is to work on your health and take care of yourself. As a new mom I was neglecting my health and well being. This gig has truly helped me refocus on myself. This has improved my positive energy which my husband and baby benefit from.
What advice do you have for new-moms?
Hang in there mommys and be open to the guidance from the universe. It is tough and exhausting, so if you have people available to help please ask for help.
Help may be someone watching baby so you can go for a walk or going to nail salon. It could also be someone bringing over dinner. The minute the baby is born, the mommy is born so just listen to your mommy intuition because you are your baby’s advocate. Also buy disposable plates to decrease the amount of dirty dishes and your anxiety about not being able to keep up with housework.
May we follow you on social media? Yes, please follow me on Instagram @Claudia.lombera