Fitness and family
Working out has definitely changed since My little Bugg arrived, my once daily workout sessions have changed to wherever I can squeeze it in! I often wondered how much I would be able to do once baby had arrived, and to be honest it is a lot less than what I expected. Being a mum keeps you busy !! I currently do a combination of gym, home workouts and just making sure I get out for a walk if fitting them in is difficult. I know this will change as Emelia gets older and I’m not far into my postpartum journey so taking things slowly is good anyway. Emelia is my priority, and so swimming with her or a walk is plenty good enough for me. Fitness and working out has always been apart of my life and something I enjoy so much. I danced right from a very young age so growing up I was always active and on the go. My mum used to laugh at me saying I could never sit still! Once I moved away and stopped dancing I began more intesive workouts and running. I love how energised I feel after, and its great thinking space and time to reflect on things. Running helped me a lot whilst my mum was so poorly, and so I knew I would want to include this in my post partum routine once I was ready to establish one.
Although my sickness was bad at the beginning, I still managed to keep up with a small routine throughout my pregnancy. I did however stop running at 5 months pregnant as my hips felt too uncomfortable. Since my postpartum checkup I've been gradually increasing my workout program although I don't plan on doing as much as I did prior to becoming pregnant.
I was so surprised to return to my pre pregnancy weight quicker than I had expected. My muscle tone is not how it used to be though and my shape has definatly changed. There is undoubtfully huge amounts of pressure to “bounce back” quickly after giving birth but there are many reasons as to why this may not happen for a good while. After all it took 9 months to grow like that !Taking your time is key and remembering everybody is different.
After my first workout although it felt amazing to be back into exercising, I honestly felt like my insides were going to fall out! my stomach tone just wasn’t the same and id only given birth 6 weeks prior it really was so tough ! The second time I pulled a muscle in my chest and knew I was pushing myself too much and needed to be on top form to look after Emelia. Since then I have slowed it right down and I’m able to increase it bit by bit. I guess I have expected to get back in the gym and carry on right where Id left off. Wrong! I would honestly suggest to anyone wanting to get back into exercising to speak with a personal trainer or someone able to guide you. I presumed because I’d got the all clear at the doctors I would be good to go back to normal, and thats not always the case. Im interested to see where I will be in another 6 months time but I will be sure to keep you updated as to how its going.
please let me know what you think and I would love to hear any of your postpartum fitness stories.