Exercise after Baby; Your Guide to Post-Natal Fitness

A week after giving birth to Madison I was itching to get back into the gym. If you’ve read any of my blog posts before then this won’t be news to you but I am a massive fitness lover and even throughout my pregnancy I was exercising as much as I could. I even went swimming the morning I went into labour! Now that I’ve had my baby I’ve been even more motivated to start working out again and just as I wrote a lot about my pre-baby fitness, I thought today I’d start writing about my journey with my post-natal fitness.

As I’m writing this Madison is now 6 weeks old – which is absolutely mad. It only feels like yesterday I was in the hospital giving birth to her! For the first few days I did more than my body could handle and instead of resting like I should have I was up and about walking around town (stupid) and trying to carry on with things as if I hadn’t just pushed a tiny human from my va-jay-jay. I learnt my lesson pretty early on and for my second and third weeks home with Madison I rested as I was told. When it came to week 4 though I was up and raring to go again and as I had a Doctor’s appointment booked I decided to ask if I was ready to exercise again. With the go-ahead from my Doctor I signed up to Results with Lucy’s latest plan – Results with Bump and started my post-natal fitness that night.

Results with Bump is a pre and post natal plan within the On Demand (and On Demand Plus) subscriptions on Results with Lucy and as a lady who’s just had a baby and wants to lose the baby weight pretty pronto, it’s the perfect plan for me. Everyone knows that returning to exercise after having a baby isn’t the easiest of things but with the post-natal fitness plan so far it’s been a lot easier than I’d expected it to be. I mean, when I say easier I won’t lie, it’s still been bloody hard work but compared to what I thought it would be like working out again, it’s pretty much a doddle!

So, you’ve just had a baby?

As soon as you’ve been signed off by your Doctor at the 6 week mark (or whenever he/she declares you fit) you can sign up to Results with Lucy On Demand (+) Plan! Within this plan you get access to hundreds of  workout videos (and meals with the + plan) and most importantly you get access to the Post-Natal workout series. Of course, you could go and just get started with whichever videos you want but when you’ve just had a baby you’re going to want to take it easy and also make sure you’re working your muscles again in a way that’s not going to injure you more. The last thing you need with a newborn is the inability to walk or lift him/her up! The Post-Natal series even has an introductory video on showing you how to check whether you have Diastasis Recti!

Diastasis Recti?!

This is basically where your abs (abdominal muscles) separate during pregnancy. I had no idea this was a thing before I signed up to Results with Bump and was about to start my post-natal fitness but I’m so glad that it’s something that’s explained during the first video. Exercising and over exerting yourself and your abs if you have Diastasis Recti can make life a little more difficult in the future with back pain and constipation and can also make having a natural birth in the future a little more difficult too as there is a lack of muscle support. The Results with Bump information when you start your Post-Natal plan explains all of this in full and in that first video, you’re shown how to check for it; Definitely make sure you follow this and check yourself before starting any of the exercise videos. If you do have Diastasis Recti, you’ll need to start the rehabilitation videos in the post-natal plan before you can start the normal weekly workouts!

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Ready to Go!

Luckily I was quite active through my pregnancy and so when it came to checking myself for Diastasis I had no muscle gap and was ready to start with my first video straight away. I’d made sure Madison was asleep but honestly if she was awake it wouldn’t have been too much of a problem! Some of the videos (first one included) suggest using your baby as a weight which means you can easily fit fitness in around looking after your newborn. I must admit, as I’m living with my parents and have my Mum around a lot during the day it is easier for me to sneak off and let Maddy have Nanny cuddles whilst I get my workout completed, but I do really like the idea of being able to use her as my weight. Having a newborn is demanding and so having 40  minutes or so to complete a workout in my day was quite daunting to begin with but with the exercises being safe enough to use bubba as your weight, this plan is catered to all kinds of new Mum’s wanting to get back into fitness. For me, Madison has been either asleep or with my Mum for each of my workouts so far though so I’ve picked up a couple of 2kg weights from Tesco to use instead!

Post-Natal Fitness 2 weeks in!

As this post goes live, I’ve now completed the first two weeks of my Results with Bump workouts and honestly feel great. My body is nowhere near where I want it to be and it’s keeping me more motivated than ever to finish this 12 week plan. Being such a fitness obsessive, going through pregnancy and seeing my body change so much has been really difficult for me and is probably something I’ll touch on in a bit more detail in another post, but starting to workout again is picking my mood up quite a bit and I’m feeling really good for it. The workouts over the first two weeks have been hard work but have been low intensity and the perfect ease back into exercise for me. I definitely think that even for someone who didn’t exercise much before being pregnant this post-natal fitness plan would be a great introduction. Results with Bump is such a genius plan and I’m so far really enjoying all of the workouts – this sounds crazy but I’ve missed that ‘after-workout-burn’ that you get from a session and I’ve loved the feeling of it since getting back to it!  I’m feeling better already since starting and am looking forward to seeing the difference in my body now as I start to tone up and lose the baby weight!

I should be doing regular updates on my post-natal fitness journey here on the blog and I’d love to see you over on my Instagram (@bekylou) too as I do regular Instastories on my workouts! Let me know if you sign up and start your journey too!

You can sign up to Results with Bump through the On Demand / On Demand Plus monthly subscription for as little as £14 a month.

 

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4 Comments

  1. October 20, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    Love this, I was working out regularly before I got pregnant and stopped when I reached 12 weeks, something I wish I hadn’t of done now. Once I have had my baby I am definitely going to try this app

    • beky
      October 21, 2017 / 7:46 am

      How far along are you? There’s also a pre-natal fitness guide too with Results with Lucy! x

  2. November 4, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    I need to get back into my fitness regime but I’m just constantly busy! Reading this has given me a kick up the bum though! x

    • beky
      November 4, 2017 / 2:27 pm

      Deffo look at Results with Lucy – you can do it at home with Hayden! xx

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