(Closed) Post Baby Body: How soon did you start working out?

posted 9 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Please be careful ladies!  You are at a higher risk of injury when you first go back due to your body being in essentially recovery.  The last thing you want to do is go back too aggressive, too soon and get sidelined with an injury.  Also, if you are BFing, exercising too much can cause your supply to dip. 

The body doesn’t distinguish between stress and exercise induced stress.  That is part of why exercise is such a good conditioner.  It trains your body to better handle the life induced stresses.

 

 

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I cannot wait until I can get back into working out!!!!!   I just don’t have the stamina or energy to do much now other than my prenatal yoga and a weightlifting DVD on occasion, but I am really, really looking forward to getting back into all of my workout classes again.   

I plan on going out for walks with my baby shortly after it’s born – I had been thinking in my head that we would start doing that pretty much as soon as we got home from the hospital, but hearing some of your stories, I’m thinking it might be a couple of weeks or so…I hope not though.   My midwives have said no resuming intense exercise until after the 6 week postpartum check up.    Can. Not. Wait.  

Post # 20
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Sugar bee

I started walking as soon as I was out of the hospital.  I was a bit hyper right away and I think I should have chilled a bit.  Not that walking was bad but I also took the dogs leash at one point and tried to ignore pain a bit (not too much).  So I think the walking would have been fine if I’d listened to my body a bit better. 

I started jogging slowly, like super duper slowly, around 3 weeks and going on long bike rides, again super slowly, around 5 weeks.  I worked out my whole pregnancy so I had a good base to go back to but it was still surprising how much of a toll delivery takes.  I never noticed any change in my milk supply though so that was good.

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’ll plan to follow doctor’s orders, but I hope to start walking and doing light arm weights 2 weeks after birth, then working out (jogging and spin) 6 weeks post birth.

 

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

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@Ree723:  yeah… I couldn’t walk straight for the first couple days and had incontinence for almost the whole first week. I spent the majority of the first week in bed, I was so tired and in so much pain. I had a really intense labor and delivery, so I’m sure my first week may have been worse than someone with a relatively “easy” labor/delivery, but I didn’t start going on walks until 2 weeks post-partum, and even then it was .75-1 mile short walks around the block. 

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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@MissDareDevil:  I should mention I have worked out for my entire pregnancy and I’m super flabby and cellulitey anyways : )

Post # 24
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I started walking immediately; nothing too aggressive, but maybe a mile or so a day.  It felt good to get out of the house and spend time in the sunshine! 

Just ask your doctor before starting anything.  6 weeks is kinda the general advisement, but it depends so much on your individual body, birth experience, injuries, etc… as well as the type of exercise you want to do.

Post # 26
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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@MissDareDevil:  Ah, honey, don’t be so hard on yourself!  You’ve had a tough go these last few months, and your body has been through a lot.  Give yourself some time to recover, not just from birth, but from pregnancy.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, if I’m being perfectly honest with you, people won’t care at all what you look like, at that point.  The moment they see your little baby, all the focus will shift right off of you.  I promise, people will not even give you a second glance, regardless of how self-conscious you feel.  ๐Ÿ™‚  All they’ll care about is your baby!

Post # 26
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Wannabee

 

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MissDareDevil :  DH says two weeks? Honey, he hasn’t got a clue. Let your body heal thoroughly to prevent problems in the future much more detrimental than a few pounds. 

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

2 or 3 weeks after baby sounds WAY too soon to be working out, plus if you plan to breastfeed, you need to maintain somewhere in the ballpark of 1800 calories a day, excercising for weight loss would be cutting those calories quite a bit. Don’t worry about how you look so much- you’ll have just made a tiny human for goodness sakes! Of course your body is going to be out of whack for a bit. Wait until you’re fully healed and have doctor clearance before going crazy, otherwise you could run into potential setbacks which would be much worse. Personally it makes me really angry when guys expect new mothers to look like the magazine celebrities. Reality for the majority is not flawless photoshop, surgeries, make up, and specialized trainers, child care etc. if anything your husband should love you all the more for your imperfect body because you’ve just given up a year of your life nearly for him to have a child. Focus on your baby, you’ll have plenty of time to be working out afterward. 

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