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haysmama's picture
Joined: 02/23/08
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Exercise

Anybody back to exercising? I've been wanting to, but I'm not sure if I am supposed to do anything more than walk. My postpartum check up isn't until the 18th so I will hold off until then. I also checked myself for diastasis recti (a gap in the ab muscles) and I have it. I read that I shouldn't do crunches until it closes. So it makes me nervous to do much exercise at all. After DS2 was born I started too early and my bleeding came back heavily so I want to make sure to avoid that happening again too.

alwayssmile's picture
Joined: 08/26/07
Posts: 14483

With Aiden I waited until after the holidays were over. No reason to stress over the holidays and I wanted to know my milk supply was fairly settled first. I did have a c/s with him, so was told not till after 6 weeks for anything beyond light walking. Once again I'm waiting till after the holidays and my 6 week pp check up to do anything other than normal activities and this is with a vaginal birth. I'll start off slow with walking first before adding in more stuff. As much as I want to fit my clothes again, I'm paranoid about over doing it and setting myself back!

Risstopher's picture
Joined: 02/29/12
Posts: 627

I just had Kyla last week, but the exercise bug is creeping up - I feel like I WANT to which is something I haven't felt in months - and even just the desier to feels good. Everyday I feel more like myself and I think I didn't realize just how much I didn't feel like myself during the pregnancy (as much as I did enjoy it). I'm a little relieved though that my 6 week check up isn't going to be until after the holidays because I don't feel pressure to get out there - I am just going to take care of baby and attend a few holiday things, then get back into a routine come January.
I have found it extremely hard to "just sit" like everyone is telling me to though, since the day I got home from the hospital, I'm right back to organizing, straightening up and doing things I probably shouldn't be - but I feel ok during the day so I feel like doing it, by the end of the night I'm a little sore, but then at that point I lay down and DH is a huge help with her so it's been good.

Kier's picture
Joined: 03/12/12
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The rule of thumb is not to do more than a light walk till your 6 week check up, or till the bleeding has stopped for over a week, if you are still bleeding at your 6 week appt. I plan on joining weight watchers again, but am waiting till after the first of the year Smile and, may try to get a Y membership since we finally live in a place that has one Smile

Kier's picture
Joined: 03/12/12
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Ok, just made the mistake of stepping on a scale, blah. Looking like im going to start working towards that diet now.... Time to watch my snacking, and portion control. I have 7 to 8 lbs to go to get back to my weight from my first ob appt, 11 to 12 to where I was at my last weight watchers meeting a yr and a half ago, and 16 to 17 to my ultimate goal. I know that I should be happy with where im at given its only been 4 weeks since I had Kellen. Its just that Im at the weight I was when I first joined weight watchers, so it really feels like Im starting all over again after working so hard Sad

alwayssmile's picture
Joined: 08/26/07
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Don't look at the scale!!! lol. I'm going off of how clothes fit me till after the holidays. I stepped on the scale once and boy was that depressing. How the heck did I have a baby and with BFing only lose 10 lbs by 1 week pp?! lol.

harmonybear's picture
Joined: 06/06/07
Posts: 639

Ugh, the scale is NOT your friend! I actually started gaining weight at 2.5 weeks postpartum. :eek:

I want to do some gentle exercise maybe next week. We have a wii, and there are some good mild exercises on wii fit that i think would be doable.

Honey3.14's picture
Joined: 04/07/12
Posts: 2094

I actually feel pretty good about my weight. I'm less than five pounds away from what I was when I found out I was pregnant. Still I am getting the exercise bug and getting my buddy back to normal instead of a little flabbier than I'd like. I've gone for a few short walks and done some shopping but that's about the extent of my exercise right now. I'm just too sore still.

haysmama's picture
Joined: 02/23/08
Posts: 1181

I'm healing a lot slower than I have before (at least it feels that way). I did some chores yesterday (dishes, laundry, picking up toys). It was enough to break a light sweat. But it started my bleeding back up. Ugh. Trying to be patient...