Recovering after labor is important. It’s called labor for a reason, right?! I mean, this stuff is hard work! But, worth it.
Confession: I brushed my hair for the picture above. Two hours of pushing = tangles galore!
So, what happens to your body after being stretched out for 9 months carrying a watermelon?
If you followed me during my pregnancy, you know I stayed pretty active throughout. I was lucky to avoid the nausea and swelling that can accompany pregnancy, so exercising was a standard part of my day.
Do I think staying active helped with labor and delivery? You bet! Labor was one of the hardest WOD’s of my life!
Pushing for that long (and I know others have gone longer) taxes your body. I am in no rush to push it with exercising. My body needs time to heal, and I am going to respect that.
One week postpartum:
You may have seen this already if you follow me on instagram. I think my boobs make my stomach look flatter than it really is!! The human body is amazing, isn’t it?
What have I been doing?
I started with short walks once we arrived home. First off, because I missed walking my Cooper. Secondly, I was itching to get moving even if it was for short, slow jaunts. Coop seemed to understand that I needed to go slow initially. Dogs are amazing.
As a new mom, I’m sleep deprived, my body’s been through a stressful event, and I’m breast feeding, so throwing in challenging workouts right now isn’t the smartest (or safest) idea.
Plus, it’s not a competition for me. I’m not in a race to see how quickly I can get back to working out at the level I was.
That. will. take. time.
Do I miss my old body and fitness? Of course I do! I was lean pre-pregnancy, so I’m itching to get back there–when I’m ready.
I am putting some mileage on the BOB with Jada and Cooper. I NEED to be outside for a portion of the day-this is probably my favorite activity lately!
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- Carbon rubber heel strike lends durable traction
- Removable EVA sock liner accommodates orthotics
I have been wearing these for our walks and my feet love them. Seriously. Supportive and flexible. Very lightweight as well.
That looks like a smile to me!
I know the YourFlex Trainette 3.0’s will transition perfectly to cross training once I’m ready to incorporate that! Plus, the bright color screams summer.
Two weeks postpartum:
Two weeks after having Jada, my body is gradually returning to it’s old shape.
I have no idea what my weight is now since we don’t own a scale and won’t know till my 6 week postpartum check-up. However, most of my workout clothes fit me (except for some shirts…I can’t fit my chest into multiple tops!), and I packed away all my maternity clothes.
My tummy is squishy and rolls over my waistband when I sit down. I have lost a lot of definition and muscle tone, so my arms and legs leave something to be desired. But, I know I can get back to where I was.
She is worth it.
My diet is far from perfect right now, and I realize that plays a huge role in changing physique. For now, I’m telling myself ice cream makes better breast milk!
Presently, it’s multiple, daily walks and keeping my head above water with a newborn! Once I start strength training and getting my sweat on, I will share my workouts with you!
Moms, did you feel pressure to get back in shape?
What is your favorite form of active recovery?
Disclaimer: FitFluential LLC compensated me for this campaign. All opinions are my own.