8 Weeks Postpartum
|January 13, 2014||Posted by The Fit Scoop under Prenatal Fitness|
Violet, my once tiny little newborn, is growing way too fast. Her three month clothes are borderline too short now!
That’s a 3-month outfit and her toes reach the end!
As for me, I’m feeling back to 100% health. The main factor that has helped in my faster-than-expected recovery is her AMAZING sleeping habits. I feel slightly guilty in admitting this but Violet is sleeping between 7 and 8 hours a night and has been for several weeks now. I’m not sure if this is due to her own innate ability to sleep or the habits we’ve adopted since she was born, but I am so very grateful for it! I realize things can change unexpectedly with kids and their sleeping habits so I’m trying to take advantage of the sleep while I can 🙂 Were she not sleeping so well I’m not sure I’d feel up to resuming exercise.
Speaking of exercise, I’m currently up to a 5 minute running:1 minute walking ratio repeated for 30 minutes (each workout I’ve been adding one minute of running to each running segment), and I’m doing it 4 days a week for now. I’m doing about 10-15 minutes of core-focused work on those days as well. This seems to be all I really have the time for between Violet’s feedings (sleeping 8 hours at night tends to mean she eats VERY frequently during the day – every 1.5 to 2 hours on average). We haven’t been successful in getting her to take a bottle yet (any tips are appreciated!) so her schedule acts as a handy check on the length of my workouts so I don’t do too much too soon. I’m feeling really good with the activity so far – no incision discomfort and running is feeling comfortable. I’m doing my workouts on the home treadmill for now since I do them while my husband is at work and Violet naps. I’m not usually a big treadmill runner but this way I don’t have to get up really early or run in the evenings (I am not a night exerciser). Once the weather is a bit nicer and I’m running without walking breaks I’ll probably run more outside, but for now the treadmill is fine by me.
I’m planning on another week to two of core-focsed strength work (abs, lower back, glutes, hips) before hitting the weights again. I’m not feeling ready to hit the weights quite yet, and I really want to make sure my core is restored before resuming lifting and increasing running mileage. My core strength is better than I expected at this point but has a long way to go to get back to my pre-pregnancy state. My next post will be a couple of ten-minute core workouts you can tack onto the end of a cardio session and easily do at home.
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