Things have come a long way since I shared this post back in February. I learned that getting back into shape after having a baby via C-Section is not an overnight endeavor…or one accomplished in a month or even 6 months. But here I am 6 months later nearly back to the body I had before I went into this whole baby-making business. It’s taken come consciousness of my food intake, diligence in doing the right type of exercise but mostly, it has taken time. Time.
That was not something I wanted to believe before getting pregnant. I have always been active and healthy, and being fit has always been very important to me. Given this, I was sure that I would be one of those women who only gained 25 pounds during pregnancy. HA! Once the morning sickness hit AKA sickness morning, noon and night and I had a brief moment where I felt like I could eat, do you think I wanted to eat vegetables? Not a chance. I wanted Chiplotle burritos, bagels smothered in cream cheese, and Oreos. And once the sickness subsided at week 16, do you think I laid off those foods? Nope. Because I was hungry, and dammit, I was pregnant!
So I gained 40 pounds. FOURTY. I’ve heard of people gaining more, but I think we can all agree that 40 is quite a lot. And I think we can further agree that not all of those 40 pounds can be blamed on the baby.
So duh, it was going to take some time to take it all off. I reflect back to this post I had in February where I thought I could get back into a pair of jeans after a month of trying. Oh silly self. I am still laughing at that ridiculousness. Determined not to be extreme or restrictive as I noted in this post, I stuck with my most of the time healthy choices, and my reasonable but not insane workouts and I am pretty pleased with where I’ve landed six months out. Do I look the same now as I did before I had our baby? Not quite. My stomach still has a convex curvature that I am learning to just accept but through cardio and Pilates exercises I am at peace with the rest of my pieces.
I really love Pilates. I love that it is a full body exercise, even when you are focusing on working a particular body part. I love that you don’t need equipment and you can do it anywhere. And I especially love that I have found a way to continue practicing Pilates by incorporating my daughter on the days she is resisting a nap and therefore wants to be held or entertained. Incorporating her in my workouts has been an integral factor in getting consistent exercise over the last 6 months (as fellow moms know, there are some days when that baby will not let you set them down). I learned to either modify or focus on moves/exercises I can do while holding her or touching her which has enabled me to get my workout in on even the most trying of days. That alone has made the biggest difference for both my mind and body during my transition into motherhood.
Wanting to share these techniques with fellow moms, I am so excited to be starting a Pilates in the Park series in my local community! All summer long I will be leading Cardio-Pilates workouts that incorporate babies in nearly every move! I am thrilled to have found this need among local new-moms and even more excited to be able to share my love of Pilates.
In efforts to share that love, I’ll be sure to share images and videos of some of our favorite mama-baby moves! Here are a few to get you started!
What have you learned during your own fitness journey? How have you incorporated your little one in your workouts? Let me know in a comment below!