So I know that a lot of people talk about not obsessing about your weight during or after baby, but I think its natural… right? I mean if you are athletic (even if you aren’t) and you spend 10 months with a growing belly that at the end of pregnancy begins to seriously impair your movement, it becomes something to focus on… that, and all the pain and lack of sleep… sheesh! How has the human race survived!? It SUCKS…
With my son I gained 61 lbs… and I have no idea how. I ran, I swam I did yoga until the day I had him… I ate WAY better then I did with this pregnancy, and with Baby G I only gained 24 lbs… and as of yesterday I am down to my pre pregnancy weight… something that took 6 months with my son took less then 3 weeks with my daughter.
Now it may be the correct number on the scale, but my stomach still looks like a deflated balloon to some degree, and I have some pretty sweet bra fat to get rid of. I am a huge advocate of the Belly Bandit. I will post later about that awesome piece of belly flattening awesomeness.
I started “working out” in the hospital, immedately when they let me stand, I did my 3 times daily walk around the nurses station (I had a c section ) I did wall posture in my room 2 times a day to start stretching out my upper back, by the end of my first post partum week. Here was my routine. (please note, I worked out my whole pregnancy, this is not advised if you haven’t been working out. ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR TO BEGIN ANY WORKOUT ROUTINE) I repeated this 4-5 times a day. plus walking short distances.
1) squats on the ball x 10
2) push ups on the wall x 20
3) wall posture 30 seconds
by week 2 I was able to do a bit more.. I doubled my squats, and I was up to slowly walking 1 mile and added the following exercises.
1) glute kick backs x 20
2) seated shoulder press with light weights.
By week 3 I twice have taken A and Baby G to the park and while A played with cars on the basket ball court. I took small “shuffle” runs (you could crawl faster then my run) around the court. was able to do the above exercises and add the following
1) single leg walking toe touches
2) and down dog push ups x 10
anf this brings me to this week … whilst mama (thats me) is on the mend… baby is starting to be awake more throughout the day, and instantly the toddler needs more attention.. is this the end of the workout? Bahahahaha… not so much.
A loves the bath, so while he gets to play in the bath… I do a workout in the hall with baby, yes literally this is my speed workout…
1) squat shoulder press x 20
2) push ups to exhaustion which was 34
3) glute kick backs x 20 ea side
4) down dog push ups x 10
5) alternating single leg toe touches.
No resting, I just did as many rounds as I could fit in (which was 2.5) safely while A was playing in the bath, and baby G was in her swing…
I have a feeling this will be my future for a while…
But remember you have to start somewhere.
Women tend to thing of a workout as... OMG I have to get in the car, find a sitter for the kids, drive to a big box gym put stuff in a locker, find my treadmill and walk around and figure out my workout, that will take 2 hours... and umm yea it will. You no longer have the time for those awesome gym workouts, you need to start with what you have and with where you are at. If baby will sit in a swing for 10 minutes, get in 10 minutes of leg workouts. if baby likes to be in the stroller or carried in a sling then head out the door for a 1 mile walk.
Starting now when baby is young makes a big difference in your recovery, your mental health and your overall quality of mommyhood!
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