As you may have seen, we have a NEW addition to our family! GM was born three weeks ago, and our family is adjusting, adapting, and we are so smitten with him.
There are so many ways we’ve had to adjust, and one of the few ways that I have personally had to adapt recently has been with my workouts. After giving birth, you are unable to really work out for 6 weeks. Your body is healing, and even before you’re clear to workout, you’re exhausted! But if you know me, you know that I have a hard time sitting still. In fact, on a call with a friend to catch up earlier this week, she said to me, “You must be going crazy not running!” And my response was, “Not really – I’m so tired all the time!” And it’s true – being home every day with a newborn (who is waking up every 1.5-2 hours at night) and 2 kids ages 3 and 5 is tiring! But I’m still getting in some activity each day. Here’s a look at what this past week looked like, at about 2-3 weeks postpartum:
Here’s what this week looked like from a running/walking standpoint:
Sunday: ~ 4 miles walking plus diastasis recti ab workout
Monday: ~ 4.5 miles walking plus diastasis recti ab workout
Tuesday: 4.23 miles walking plus diastasis recti ab workout
Wednesday: 3.17 miles walking plus diastasis recti ab workout
Thursday: 4 miles walking plus diastasis recti ab workout
Friday: 4.5 miles walking plus diastasis recti ab workout
Saturday: ~3.5 miles walking plus diastasis recti ab workout
You can see that I’m trying to do a diastasis recti workout each day. I found a few exercises that are low impact and good if you have diastasis recti, which is when your abdominal muscles separate, often during pregnancy. I had a 3+ finger separation after GM was born, and I’m slowly trying to build my core muscles up again, and the exercises are also helping with my pelvic floor. Hopefully all this work will help when I get back to running and just make me stronger in general!
Some questions for you
- Did you do babywearing?
- Are you familiar with diastasis recti? Any tips?
7 thoughts on “2-3 Weeks Postpartum Workouts”
Congratulations again on your new addition. It is great to have you back to the link up. Take your time you will get there. It’s great that you are out for walks everyday. You were so active during pregnancy, I have no doubt you will bounce right back when your Doc gives you the green light. Enjoy this special time!
Yes, echoing everything Deborah said above 😉 CoNgRatS!!! I had no experience with diastasis recti, so I guess I was lucky. It’s great that you’re able to get in some walking 😉
Wow, you are quite active. It’s great that you feel up to it. I’ve only heard of DR recently. Did your OB diagnose your separation, or can you figure that out yourself?
Your children are so cute!
Thanks!. I knew something was “off” and was easily able to figure out it was DR… hopefully it will heal itself but I’ll be talking to my OB in a few weeks!
I’m not a mother so not familiar with DR. If you’re on instagram, @goandglowrunner is a friend and former colleague who is also a running coach who focused on post partum running
Congrats on getting back out there and settling in
Congratulations!!! So exciting- I absolutely loved that newborn stage. You’re doing a great job with your DR workouts. I didn’t have that, but my pelvic floor muscles were so weak after my daughter was born- I didn’t strengthen them before I started running again and had all sorts of problems. You will be great!
Enjoy this extra-special time. Glad to see you blogging again!
Congrats! Good for you for staying active.