Exercising While Pregnant and Postpartum


 

Today I am 6 weeks postpartum and have a healthy baby boy named Austin.  He was born June 3rd weighing 8 lbs 3 oz via csection. He was my second scheduled csection and my second boy.  My first experience with pregnancy was different from this last one.  For starters, I ate anything and everything I wanted.  I exercised here and there but was not consistent with my workouts.  This led to a lot of weight gain and tons of body aches and pains.  I know most people think the more you eat the healthier the baby or that you are somehow being selfish if you do workout and eat healthy while pregnant.  I think that is a little ignorant.  For one, I think you should do whatever is best for you and baby.  Exercising (as long as doctor approves) and eating healthy is so good for you and your baby.  I don’t think that is selfish at all.  These are just my thoughts and I’m sure some will not agree and that’s OK.  Plus, you can pick up every magazine or book on health and exercising has been proven over and over to be beneficial whether you’re pregnant or not.

1st pregnancy I gained 60 lbs….yes, 60lbs.  I was very happy throughout my pregnancy but had very little energy and my body just hurt.  After I delivered my 1st boy I was absolutely miserable.  I started breastfeeding and thought the majority of the weight would fall off.  It didn’t.  Now, I only breastfed for 3 months because of other issues but nothing FELL off.  It took me 8 months to get that weight off and start feeling good about myself.  Postpartum for me was not fun. I was very depressed and just really down on myself.  I cried when my baby cried and sometimes I cried for no reason.  I was sad and very depressed.  I kept thinking that I needed to be happy because I had this healthy baby boy but I couldn’t.  I felt like I didn’t really enjoy the 1st few months of his life.  That is sad to me.

Fast forward to my second pregnancy…..I decided to do things differently this time around.  I talked to my doctor and got the ok to workout and worked out all throughout my pregnancy.  I didn’t listen to what anyone else had to say about it.  I had less aches and pains except for little one kicking my pelvic bone constantly – OUCH! Had more energy this time to chase my toddler around the house.  I gained around 34 lbs. and all my weight fell off.  I am breastfeeding and it’s going great this time around.   I have some toning to do and 7 or 8 lbs to drop that I have gained from this crazy appetite you get while nursing.  My postpartum is so much better this time around. Actually its a 100 times better compared to my last.   I’m happy. I am enjoying this time around with my little one.  Mentally, I feel like I’m in a better place.

Women put their bodies through so much during pregnancy and it’s worth every ounce of it…but there is nothing wrong with taking care of yourself.  I truly believe that taking care of myself physically helped me mentally.  Just doing 20 minutes of exercise 4 to 5 times a week is so beneficial during pregnancy.  Even if you think you don’t have the energy, try to squeeze in a little workout and you will feel 100 times better afterwards.  You don’t have to put yourself on the back burner just because you created another life.  I am such a better mom and wife for that matter when I’m happy and when I feel good about myself.

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