Post Partum Working Out
HI AGAIN! This interview is for some motivation perhaps (??) and a little fun featuring someone I think deserves highlighting! I think it is important to focus on a topic healthy and simply just for ourselves (women) every once in a while!
Alyson and I have been in touch about feeding her now 8 month-old Owen. She reached out when she started working out. You maybe saw yesterday’s post about exercise and breastfeeding (if not check it out here!); naturally I thought of her when I was writing it. She herself is a health and wellness coach so she gets some added street credit with that! On top of the street cred, she’s hardworking, realistic and down-to-earth…an awesome combo in a female! I love and appreciate her focus on health and bettering oneself. Enjoy 🙂
Our featured mom at a glance:
Health and Wellness Coach
An identical twin.
One of 4 girls.
Ran 3 half marathons.
Has 10 nieces and nephews.
Been with husband, Andrew, 11 years!
Mother to Owen!
JR: When did you get back into working out?
AF: I was 8 weeks postpartum when I started really getting back into working out. I had my son via c-section. Although I felt like I could’ve started sooner, I wanted to make sure I gave my body the full 8 weeks to recover. Once I was cleared by my doctor I started!
JR: How did you ease into it?
AF: With this being my first baby, I wasn’t sure how easy it was going to be post c-section to get back into it. I made sure to take my time and not over do anything. I first told myself if I could do 4-5 days a week then I was happy with that. As I gradually worked myself up, if there was ever a time where I just couldn’t do that many days, I was fine with it. I was never too hard on myself. I started with walks, up to a mile. When I knew I could manage a mile I upped it. Once I was walking 3 miles I knew I could handle more intense work outs. I used my online library of work outs. They range from 30-60 minutes a day. If I needed to modify, I modified. I never got down on myself if I needed to change a move, as long as I was moving my body I was doing something and I was ok with it !
JR: What’s your go to work out?
AF: Anything from my beachbody on demand app! I’m a beachbody health and wellness coach and I am currently doing a program called “80 day obsession.” I absolutely LOVE it but I did not start with this by any means! When I started working out again I was doing a mix of T25 and 21 day fix . If I ever got bored there is a list of over 600+ work outs for me to choose from!!
JR: How often do you work out?
AF: I currently follow a program that has a work out 6 days a week, Monday-Saturday. But, when I was just starting out again I did not start here!
JR: How do you balance it with nursing ?
AF: Working out and nursing can be as hard or as easy as someone makes it. The biggest way I balance working out and nursing is by listening to my body. If I notice a dip in my supply I just add some extra fruits and veggies. I also make sure I listen to my baby! If he needs to nurse during a work out I take a break, nurse him, and then get back to it. If that means I don’t get to do my work out solo then Owen just sits and plays while I finish.
JR: What’s your inspiration when the days feel hard to work out ?
AF: Whenever I’m having days where I’m not motivated to work out I think “the only work out you regret is the one you don’t do”.. and it is SO true. Once I’m done my work it I am always so glad I did it. Plus, I want to feel my best and be at my best for my kids! I know the benefits of staying on track out weigh the ones if I just don’t do it at all!
JR: How do you balance Owen and working out?
AF: Some days it’s easy, he goes down for a two hour morning nap and I get my work out done! Other days , I have to wait for bed time or wake up before him. And then there are the days where I work out WITH him! I throw on some little baby bums nursery rhymes, I use him as my “weight” and I grab some puffs for him to munch on. These days it may take a little longer to complete my work out with a lot of pausing, diaper changing and shushing, but I get it done regardless!
JR: Why do you make working out a priority ?
AF: There is something to be said about doing something for yourself when you feel like you’re giving everyone every ounce of what you have. I’ve always been someone to love working out but post baby I made sure to have those 30 minutes a day for myself, even if it was by myself. I struggled with postpartum anxiety and working out gave me the outlet I needed to help me feel like “me” again!
JR: Any tips to anyone who can’t get moving?
AF: Being a mom is a hard job but so rewarding and we want to make sure we can keep up with those little ones running around! If you’re having a hard time getting started, start with just walking or running a few times a week, whether it’s with baby or without. I am lucky in that I get a lot of support through accountability groups and my family, lean on them! Use the people around you to lift you up and keep you accountable. Don’t look at the big picture of what you want to achieve (like me who wanted to lose 50+ lbs of baby weight asap), you have to take it one day at a time. Be kind to yourself, give yourself grace – and lots of it!! Lastly, One of my favorite quotes is “don’t let them be your excuse, let them be your reason!”. You deserve a good sweat every day, you deserve 30 minutes to an hour all to yourself every day! You can do this and when you’re ready, you will!
Thank you Alyson! You’re awesome. Always remember to get cleared by your doctor first! And on a personal note, at your post partum visit, have them check for Diastasis Recti (DR)! I mention this because certain exercises can worsen rather than help! A lot of women have this after babies and may not realize it (??). It can affect a lot like your entire pelvic floor (i.e. peeing/leaking, prolapse down the road) GI function, herniation, the list goes on! Looking out for my fellow mommas!
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