I’ve definitely gained some perspective with regards to postpartum fitness after baby number two.
With baby number two, I had a better idea of what to expect regarding my postpartum body and fitness level. Cole’s delivery was much easier than Jada’s, so I felt better almost immediately. Less discomfort and much less pain. I had to remind myself I literally just had a baby, because I felt so good.
My doctor encouraged me to take the full six weeks to rest and recover. Although I may feel ready to go sooner than six weeks, she cautioned me to think long term (bladder control, no prolapse, etc).
So, I listened.
Instead of workouts, I focused on being a mom of two (huge change!), slowing down, and taking care of me– when I could.
I’m almost 5 months postpartum, and have definitely adjusted my mindset regarding fitness.
This was a hard pill to swallow, but I’m much better now at allowing myself some grace when it comes to my fitness and postpartum body. I’m not where I plan to be and that’s okay. My body holds onto a bit more body fat when I’m breastfeeding. But, I’m not willing to sacrifice that for more intense workouts and strict dieting.
In this season of my life, short, intense workouts fit my schedule best. Would I like to work on mobility, skill work, conditioning and strength for hours each day? Yes! I love that stuff!
Most of my workouts are literally 20 minutes or less. However, I’m rarely sedentary otherwise, so I sort of count that as something. Walking to the park, pushing the stroller, pushing Jada in the swing, chasing her, you get the idea. So until I have more time, workouts like this or this, will have to get the job done.
This part is huge for postpartum women, and I’m still working on this. I enjoyed the carb cycling program, but I had to adjust it quite a bit with nursing. Now, I’m focusing on fueling with protein and fat first, and adding more carbs later. I still perform all my workouts fasted and have done so for a couple years now.
With warmer temps, it’s easier for me to stay active and fuel with healthy choices. Anyone else like that?
Appreciate What You Can Do
Instead of constantly focusing on where I want to be, I am doing a better job this round of appreciating what I can do.
I feel very strong and can perform most of the movements I did pre-Cole like box jumps, power cleans, overhead squats, etc. Some mommies I know had to slow way down and even go through rehabilitation for months before attempting workouts. So, I’m very grateful I was able to bounce back.
With Jada, it took me almost a year to get my lean physique back. I don’t know how long it will take with Cole, and I’m good with that most days. They are only little once, right?!
When you are limited on time, what’s your go to workouts?
Did your mindset change after baby number two (or three or four?)