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?