I have recently given birth to my third baby, and now seven weeks out I am feeling the discomfort of the extra weight I’m carrying around. Weight that was put on all too easily due to an influx of hormones and food, and now it serves very little purpose.
After being basically bed ridden for the first 18 weeks with hyperemesis gravidarum, I lost a ton of my strength and my body was lacking quality nutrition. The second half of the pregnancy I was able to workout and enjoyed it, but by 37 weeks, I was not operating at my peek condition. I gained 40 pounds and lost a lot of my strength. Now 7 weeks out I’ve lost about 20 of those pounds, but I’m looking to get back to my normal grind. I know it will take time, but this mama needs the endorphins, more strength, and a routine.
I am a pretty disciplined person, and I love starting new things. But usually this means consistency and follow through are harder for me. Anyone else get this struggle? Venturing into the next month, I want to have clear goals, accountability, and motivation. If you want these things too, let me know! Let’s be friends. I’ve got an accountability group over on Facebook that you can join for no cost, and I won’t try to sell you anything 😉
Now that I’ve got three boys running around me, I wanted to share a quick workout you can do to help strengthen the large areas of you body you need as a mom– even when you baby wont let you leave them alone. Check it out and make sure to pin it once you’ve tried it out!
- Squat with baby push out: Stand in a wide squat. Stand up, squeeze your glutes, and push your baby out directly in front of you (only if the baby has head control).
- Side to side Squats: In a squat position, step to the right and bring left leg towards right. Then step to the left and bring right leg over. Do not stand up between each squat. Stay low and total 30 side squats.
- Down dog and plan: Hold down dog for 10 seconds and then flow into plank and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat 30 times.
- Plank with side taps: Now stay in plank position and tap your right foot out to the side. Bring your right foot back behind you in a plank. Then tap your left foot out to the left side. Do this 30 times. Right and left taps count as one.
- Heel Drop and Baby Lift: Laying on your back, draw your core in and lift one leg up and exhale. With your leg in the air, push baby up above you. Bring them back down to your chest and return your leg down to the ground and inhale. Exhale and repeat on the other side. Repeat 30 times. This is a great gentle core move that won’t strain your abs postpartum.
P.S. You should know that babies aren’t going to be happy the whole time you workout. That’s OK! This is real life and you can always stop to comfort them, or just power through.