Two months ago, I had my second c-section and met my daughter, Halligan. I'm just starting to get back to a normalish routine. By normalish I mean that we leave the house sometimes, and I've been to the grocery store twice. I don't know much about recovering from a vaginal birth, but life after a c-section, and then another c-section, is no joke. My abdomen was all kind of stabby for weeks. I was cleared for exercise by my doctor at six weeks, but let's be honest; at six weeks I was just getting back to wearing my regular underwear and not the granny panties I bought to avoid irritating my incision.
Halligan is nine weeks old and I have worked out a total of six times. Having been in good shape when I got pregnant, I was expecting to bounce back this time. I gained less weight this pregnancy and stayed modestly active. Yet at my six week checkup, I weighed exactly the same as I did at six weeks after my first pregnancy. And I'm winded quickly and sore often when I exercise. But I'm cutting myself some slack and not getting discouraged, because I spent 41 weeks and 3 days making a person. My body needs some recovery time after all that, especially when that person came out of a hole in my belly.
The twelve weeks after you have a baby can very well be considered a fourth trimester. I know that if there were four it would be quartermaster or something, but hush. The point is that we shouldn't expect our lives to be back to normal right after birth or six weeks after birth or even twelve weeks after. We need time to get used to taking care of a baby and for our bodies to recover from making and birthing one. So I'm spending the next few weeks easing myself back into exercise. Getting to Stroller Strides when I can, and not focusing on how fast or strong I am when I'm there; just celebrating the victory of actually getting there with two kids.
I'm so excited to be blogging for Fit4Mom of Harford County! A little about myself- My name is Sara. I've been married to my husband, Adam, for almost four years. We have a two and a half year old son, August, and are expecting another baby next month! I stay home with August during the day, and I also keep a blog called No Purple Walls. Recently, I've been featured on the website Scary Mommy.
I've been a Fit4Mom member for over two years. I started coming to Stroller Strides classes when August was about six-months old. I had been seeing a personal trainer and was working on getting in shape after having a baby, having never been active before in my life. After my first class with Stroller Strides, I stopped seeing my trainer and joined; it kicked my butt! And I was immediately really happy to be meeting other moms in the area.
As time went on, I became more and more active as a result of my time with Stroller Strides. Last spring, we began an eight-week challenge to improve our fitness and make healthy food choices. This was such a turning point for me! My weight-loss had stalled for quite a while because I wasn't motivated to put in that much effort, and I was eating a lot of junk most of the time. But during this eight-week challenge, I was keeping a food diary along with meeting many food-related goals each day like avoiding fast food and soda, getting a certain number of fruits and vegetables in, and choosing healthy snacks between meals. This, combined with a big increase in my activity, led to some long-term changes that I'm so glad I made. I was treating food as my fuel more often than as something to look for when I was bored. Because of Stroller Strides, I went into my second pregnancy in the best shape of my life, and confident that I could stay healthy instead of the constant yo-yo dieting I was used to. I wasn't on a diet or using a quick-fix; I made healthy lifestyle changes that were easy to maintain once they became habits.
At this particular moment, I am not very active in the exercise aspect of Fit4Mom. I'm almost 36 weeks pregnant, and I've had a pretty physically difficult pregnancy. My activity levels have gone down the tubes, and I haven't been to class very often at all. But I'm still so grateful for the group as a whole, because I am getting out of the house for moms nights out, as well as taking August to play dates and activities that are all scheduled through Fit4Mom. It's been so nice to be able to maintain a support system and get out to see my friends, even when I feel like complete junk. And aside from actually having this baby, I CANNOT wait to get back to class once I get the all-clear from my doctor.
I'll be keeping a more frequent blog here on the Fit4Mom of Harford County website after I hit the six-weeks postpartum mark, as I document getting back into shape. I can't wait to get started and regain my energy and strength while hanging out with a bunch of my favorite women on the planet. Chasing after two kids, I'm definitely going to need it.