Body & exercise after baby

As I mentioned in my previous post, I stopped exercising at week 37. While I have enjoyed every single moment cuddling with my new baby I have missed a good workout. Actually, what I miss the most is running. I stopped that around 31 weeks, which was a little over 3 months ago! The weather has been perfect for running, but I am playing it smart and am waiting until my 6 week follow up with my doctor.

Way back when I stopped running I already figured out which race I would do as my first race back. I picked one of my favorite, the Cincinnati Thanksgiving Day Race 10k. Ever since the Flying Pig half my brother has caught the running bug and will be doing this race with me too. I will have plenty of time to work back up to 6 miles. This race is huge, so I have no goals for time-I just want to get back out there! I need to dust that Garmin off!

This week I will am slowly getting back to exercise. It’s been 1 month since Breck arrived and I feel ready. I am starting with barre and yoga classes. Back in the summer I bought a Groupon to one of my favorite local studios for 2 months unlimited. My best friend bought it as well so we will be going together. They also offer a new dance class that I can not wait to attend!

I also have been taking advantage of B’s nap times. I was able to squeeze a workout in last week that left me sore for 2 days! I’m not used to feeling out of shape so this starting slow is new to me!


After being pregnant for 40 weeks and 4 days I ended up gaining 32 pounds. The day I went into labor I had lost 2 lbs. About a week after I was down another 20 lbs (thank you breastfeeding!), and as of last week I am only 8 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight ( I don’t own a scale so I could be less than that now). I’m actually not too concerned with what number is on the scale, I just want to tone up.  I am going to continue to nurse/pump so I am in no hurry to lose weight. I currently can get my old jeans on but they don’t button, my hips are still a bit wide. I have missed wearing “real people” clothes so this weekend I went out to Old Navy and bought a pair of jeans one size up. My wallet, and husband (ha!), hope I don’t have to go out and buy all new pants but I know I still have time!

I almost didn’t want to share my after pregnancy photos because I feel that women are too quick to compare.  I would look at other postpartum blog posts and those motivated me to post mine. I worked hard during pregnancy to stay active and I am proud with how my body looks now. My goal is to just be the best me, which should be everyone’s goal! I am looking forward to seeing how my body changes. It still amazes me that I was able to grow a healthy baby boy! I will say, exercising during pregnancy was the best thing I did for myself.  Since I am a personal trainer I can share what I know with future clients who are moms to be, and new moms!

The day I went into labor
one month postpartum
one month postpartum

Currently my plan is to attend barre class twice a week, attend dance class 1-2 times a week, and walk as much as I can. If I am feeling up for it, or have the time, I will throw in a home workout. I will share my progress monthly!

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