Warning – the bit below is “mom blog-esc.” Feel free to head over to Outside Magazine for a dose of something more entertaining if you wish.
Our little man Ryder is just over one month, and please don’t get me started on how quickly it has gone by.
I was incredibly lucky, fortunate, and blessed to workout literally right up until he was born. He was delivered via c-section, which had me worried because I kept hearing the recovery time was much worse than a natural birth. I was out of the hospital in under 48 hours; proof that healthy body and baby make ALL the difference. I wanted to share my story, with the caveat that every body is very different and what works for me is not for everyone, but I feel compelled to share the good news about the post-baby body you always hear people talk about.
Week 1 – 2: I listened to my body, not really the doctors, and started back on the cycling trainer at 2 1/2 weeks. Since leaving the hospital I walk daily. There is a fantastic park near my house that you can walk to, and easily do 1 – 2 miles without realizing it. The first days were not comfortable, but each day got better.
Week 3: I could almost jog, but again not comfy. Cycling was brilliant and I was back to my regular training, even pushing myself.
Week 4: Jogging is still difficult, so it’s a lot of walking and cycling for this lady. I’m doing push-ups, girly style, to help strengthen the core again.
Weighty Issue – Something I wanted to save until last because weight is not what’s important. I lost all my baby weight in 5 days. I gained 20 – 25 pounds, and Mr Baby was 7 pounds, 11 oz. Between breastfeeding and getting over a little cold the weight fell off. I was floored. It was the holidays and I was indulging, plus breastfeeding means you eat like a damn horse. I def lost a bit of muscle, and I am NOT bikini ready, areas need to be toned. I want to stress that if you stay semi-healthy and fit your body will be forgiving.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss running. I miss it every single day. When I’m out walking and pass a jogger it’s like a dog chasing after a car. This whole pregnancy and motherhood journey has been amazing, joyful and hard. Whatever it is, there is proof that the body is capable of some amazing things.
I want to thank everyone for listening to me ramble. You all have been such an amazing support system.
Now get out there and get a run in for me, will ya??