Left picture: 81/2 months pregnant. Right Picture: 10 weeks postpartum.
I know it takes most people awhile to get back to their pre-baby body after they have their little one. But for some reason I thought I was going to be different. I was expecting to bounce back faster than I actually am. I seriously thought that a few days after I had Weston I would have my abs back and my skin would be tight again…but NEWS FLASH! It’s actually hard work to get your body back Chels! I am now 10 weeks postpartum and no where near where I thought I would be physically. I guess I had to give myself a reality check and realize that these things take time.
I didn’t do much research about working out after giving birth. I thought I’d be able to do the same workouts as I did pre-baby (I do NOT know what I was thinking haha). I was SO excited to start working out again, so at the six week recommended waiting mark, I jumped right back into things. I went to the gym with my little sister and we did the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide which I did pre-baby. We worked week one: legs & cardio. I kept up pretty well and was actually surprised at how good I did.
As soon as we got home from the gym my legs were already suppperrrr sore. In my mind I was thinking, if I’m this sore now I’m going to die tomorrow! And oh man did I die….My legs were sooo sore, I couldn’t even walk up the stairs without being in horrible pain. I couldn’t workout for another full week.
Finally after a whole week of waiting for the soreness in my legs to go away, I could finally workout again! Think again…I got sick. I was sick for another full week and was so sad that I couldn’t work out. (If you know me, you know I love to workout so this was actually really upsetting to me). I’m pretty sure I got sick because I didn’t ease into working out and it was just too much for my body to handle.
Week eight postpartum and I can finally workout again! This time, I researched workouts for women to do after baby and how to strengthen certain muscle groups in order for me to get back to my pre-baby body safely. I took it slow in the gym that week. I would walk with an incline for 30 minutes each day and added in some light weight lifting working different muscle groups each day.
I definitely learned my lesson from the first time I tried working out and was too sore to even walk. I guess I just had to learn the hard way! After easing into things and getting my body prepared, I started the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide again. I am now in the middle of week two, which was arms and abs.
I know that getting back in shape is going to be a journey, and a hard one at that! I just didn’t know how frustrating it would be to not look the same, workout as intense, or do what I used to be able to do. But at the same time it doesn’t upset me because I know my body just went through a huge ordeal to make a baby! Mentally I am ready to do things I used to, but my body isn’t and that’s okay. I just have to be patient.
Needless to say, reality hit me when I realized it was going to take time to get back into shape. I know I will get back eventually I just have to stay positive!
Leave a comment letting me know how your postpartum journey is going!