Crazy Fit Pregnancy & Beyond: Part 3 of 3
If baby making has been or will be a part of your life, you need to read this week’s articles. There’s so much good info, that I decided to make this a three part article. Last week, we shared the history of both of Sara’s pregnancies. It’s amazing to read the difference between a non-fitness-minded pregnancy and a fitness-minded one.
Then, we shared some of Sara’s favorite tips on how to “cave” to pregnancy cravings, without the nasty side-effects. PLUS, how to exercise and her favorite books.
Finally, the aftermath of Baby #2. (Spoiler alert, she’s back and better than ever.) Let Sara tell you how she got back in the game and makes it work for her whole family!
Here’s Sara with part 3: “Baby and Beyond”
In February of 2015, we welcomed our second child – a very healthy baby boy – via caesarian section. I’d been through the whole process before, so intellectually I knew what to expect. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel after a second abdominal incision, plus an additional surgery while I was on the table. It turns out that all of my support and preparation were real game changers. Though recovery from any abdominal surgery can be arduous, I feel like my second experience really could not have been any better.
After a couple of days at home, I was definitely getting my energy back. Continuing with my healthy eating habits made a huge difference in my recovery. In December, I had spent two days on my feet prep cooking an entire freezer full of clean, homemade meals. We ate the food I prepared in December from January until April. This helped save time and money, but also gave us good reason to avoid the takeout that had been a big part of life after the birth of my daughter. I’m not saying that we never ordered in, but for the most part, it was all meals of fresh food from my own freezer. This helped me feel nourished, clear headed, and aided in the natural loss of body weight postpartum.
As soon as my incisions began to heal, I got up and moved. Not far, as I was on a six week exercise restriction, but moved none-the-less. With my first birth, I considered moving from the bed down the stair to the sofa a workout. This time, I did anything that I felt able and safe to do. I walked, stretched gently, bounced on my yoga ball while holding the baby, played on the floor with my toddler, etc. I listened to my body, and let my muscles and skin tell me what was okay.
As soon as I got the medical all-clear, I returned to exercise. I eased back into my pre-birth routine, respecting the fact that for a while, I would still need to make many modifications. That’s okay! Again, when you need help, just ask. You can still get an amazing workout, even if you have to modify the entire thing. Listening to your body, breaks, water; it all still applies after birth and beyond.
We’ve made exercise a family affair.
My son has spent countless hours in his chest carrier or in my arms being used as a weight and giggling the entire time. He thinks burpees are hilarious.
My daughter is my biggest cheerleader and loves to workout with me on the floor or take long walks. She loves it when I exercise at the park because she can participate. She can’t wait to run her first one mile race.
Even on days when I don’t feel like doing anything, my husband gently nudges me to get up and move. I am endlessly grateful for the encouragement and support.
Outside of our home, I’ve made my fitness journey very public. I post about my habits and challenges on social media, and talk to friends and family about what I’m doing. This has helped me to widen my support structure, and include some of my loved ones in on the fun.
Finally, my favorite benefit to a healthy pregnancy and postpartum, beyond weight loss, positive medical visits, and even beyond feeling better than I’ve ever felt, is the impact that being a fit mom has had on my children. Even on the toughest days, I’ve got more energy than ever before. I’m there for them, as a mom and as a model of how to live their best lives, and for me, that’s mission accomplished.
THANKS, Sara!!! So happy to have journeyed with you. And even happier to know that you’ll be a regular contributor to our website, sharing the trials, tribulations, and Awesomeness of being a Crazy Fit Mama!