my body after bump plan

With a little over 2 weeks left until our baby is expected to arrive, I figured it was time to start thinking about how I plan to get my body back post-baby.  Wait, that’s a lie.  I’ve been thinking about this for months.  While I absolutely love my pregnant body, I’m ready for the challenge to get back the athletic body I worked so hard to achieve before.

I’ve never been pregnant before and I’ve really never lost a significant amount of weight before in my life, so I don’t want to give myself specific goals quite yet.  I just don’t know what to expect with a new baby in the house and how I will feel after I give birth.  So, for right now, I will only be sharing my general range of goals and how I plan on starting to get my body back.  Eventually, I will get to more specific details, but for right now, I just want to have a general idea of how I want to begin this journey.

Begin light workouts when my body feels ready.  I still need to discuss this with my doctor, but I am hoping I can at least start some light exercise before my 6-week checkup.  Since I have been active throughout my pregnancy, I don’t see this being a huge issue (unless I have a C-section).  And by light workouts, I’m talking walks with the stroller, some body weight exercises at home, yoga, and maybe a few short runs like I have been doing towards the end of my pregnancy.  Nothing too hard since I know my body will  be taking quite a beating with childbirth.  I really just want to listen to my body and start when it feels ready.

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After my 6-week checkup, begin a formal exercise program.  I definitely want to get back into some serious running, but I don’t want to do too much too soon.  So, I am planning on taking the rest of 2011 off from training for any sort of race.  What’s a few more months, right?  And since I still have no idea what to expect with having a child, I’m not sure I would even have time to start any type of training right away.  Basically, I just want to start slowly increasing the distances on my runs without worrying about my time or speed and get back to running 5 to 6 days a week.

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As far as strength training goes, I will probably start lifting heavier weights than I have been, but I don’t really have a plan for that yet.  I want to eventually get back into doing circuits + plyometrics to help build my legs back up for running, but I will wait until I feel completely ready to handle that sort of impact.

Focus on being active + eating healthy – not just on losing the weight.  One of my biggest accomplishments during my pregnancy was my ability to stop calorie counting.  I used to record everything I put in my mouth, along with my weight for the day and exercise.  After a few months of continuing to do that during my pregnancy, I realized I really didn’t need to any more because the majority of what I put in my mouth was healthy anyway and I was gaining weight pretty steadily (about a pound per week).  I want to continue doing this as I lose the baby weight.  I’m not saying I won’t weigh myself, because I will probably still do that (as I still do now), but I want to focus more on eating a healthy diet (which I have let slip a little during pregnancy) that can keep me fueled for running.  If I feel that I am getting off track as far as my nutrition goes, I might count my calories for a few days just to make sure I am eating enough for my activity level (and for breastfeeding), but I don’t want to get caught in that mentality again.

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Record my progress with pictures + measurements.  I am not giving myself a goal weight or measurement because I don’t know if I’ll ever get back to what I was before.  I just want to get to a place where I am happy with the way I look (although I don’t know if anything will beat the way I love my pregnant body).  I plan on taking pictures for myself but haven’t decided yet on if I will post them.  I will share the differences in my measurements (girth + weight) but not include the actual numbers since I know it can negatively impact some people.  I am hoping these numbers will continue to motivate me to continue my active + healthy lifestyle.

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Like I said, those are just my broad goals that I want to strive for – getting back into running + lifting, eating a healthy diet, and recording my progress.  I will be doing a monthly update begin with a few days post-baby and then every month after.  I will also be outlining more specific goals and a more specific plan on how I plan to achieve my goals.

I’m so excited to start another new journey, especially one I am so passionate about.  The next few months are going to be an exciting, wild ride!

  • Wish you the best. I waited longer than I thought I would this time to work out. Still had more relaxin and my pubic bones kept popping when I would get out of bed. Better now at 3 months post. Join me for twitter chat on post pregnancy running #womensrunning soon!
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    • Kristen

      Yeah, my pubic bones are taking a beating right now – if I sit too long it’s difficult to walk, but I haven’t had any problem running. I’m just sort of playing it by ear because I really have no idea when I’ll feel ready. And I would love to join the post-pregnancy twitter chat!

  • LOVE your goals Kristen!! I’m right there with ya sister! Little steps is what I say. I’m hope, hope, HOPING that I bounce back quickly and can at least get out there for some short walks with the little man soon after birth. I miss it so.

    You LOOK so GREAT in your bump pic!!!!!
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  • Jen

    I love your goals and almost have an identical plan! But I have NO idea how I’ll wait 6 weeks to run. I’m hoping we both have normal vaginal deliveries and our doctors allow us to run sooner. My ob/gyn cousin lets women who were active during pregnancy and had non-complicated vaginal births return to exercise after 2 weeks. Fingers crossed!
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    • Kristen

      For some reason, it doesn’t surprise me that we have similar goals! I will be talking to my OB this week about returning to exercise, but I seriously doubt it will be a problem, unless I need a C-section.

  • G’Day! Kristen,
    I know what you mean, Creating a body detox plan is not as difficult as it seems. In fact, it can be fairly easy to create one that works for you. The first thing you need to do is a bit of research. There are a number of things that are going to be a part of a body detox plan and you are going to want to make sure that you have everything you need.
    Cheers