I wanted to talk some more about the official postpartum workout I chose to do this time. I really didn’t do any kind of specific immediate postpartum workout with our first baby 7 years ago, or with our second just 2 1/2 years ago. I did “workout,”my husband even trained me at the gym and did workouts with me at home, but nothing this well-structured for helping your body to go back to normal after being pregnant for 9 months. Tracy has moves especially designed to get your muscles to come back to skin and to get that flap of skin (where the belly left) to disappear. They are remarkable and get results fast.
Our bodies really take a beating during pregnancy, everything seems to move around – your hips, your pelvic muscles, your abs, and even your spine apparently along with sometimes your ribs. It is just insane! Tracy mentions these things in the video and gives actual specific workout moves/techniques that are supposed to make everything go back to normal. It really works according to women who have done it and stuck with it. And I’m amazed how incredible it feels – it’s hard but in a good way, I can actually feel my abs waking up and responding better each time.
Since I’m still kind of in a fog of sleep deprivation and it’s hard to write thoughts out well, here are some easy-to-read bullet points about the workout dvd you need to know:
And the best thing of all??? The endorphins and sense of feeling so accomplished and happy after you’ve completed another workout. It’s simply taking care of yourself. Like brushing your teeth, except the work and difficulty gives you a sense of healthy pride for persevering through the pain or desire to give up. And spiritually it makes me more thankful to God for my health and strength He’s given me. It makes me feel like I’m being a better steward of this body He’s given me instead of neglecting it.
Get it and enjoy it!
I’m not naturally a thin or “fit” woman. That may come as a shock when seeing how I am in *this* particular picture, but pretty much all my life I’ve struggled with being able to gain weight extremely easily. The benefit of that has been finding multiple ways to make it easier to maintain a good shape and keep healthy though! According to my sweet 1/2 Polish, 1/2 Irish grandmother, for the women in our family, it was normal to gain weight with pregnancy, and then just never manage to get control over it after that. Being very overweight after having kids was just accepted for them… but not really. It wasn’t accepted emotionally… and definitely not with any kind of happiness. In a major way, it’s like living defeated.
My mom was so good about letting me know how hard it was to live with excess fat on your body weighing you down… literally. The way she explained it when I was a little girl, was that it felt like carrying around sacks of potatoes and trying to actually do life that way. Recently, when my oldest (6) son and I were out buying some supplies for his new little kitten, I had the chance to really demonstrate this lesson to him about weight gain and how awful it is.
We needed to get kitty litter, and so went to the aisle where it was stored and I let him look around at the different kinds and showed him the prices and weights to find the best deal. When we settled on a 25 lb box, I picked it up and placed in on the floor and asked him if he’d like to see how heavy 25 pounds is by trying to carefully lift it off the ground.
He was excited and was amazed how heavy it was to lift! It was easy to explain to him after that how being overweight by even just 25 pounds is literally carrying that amount strapped to your body all over, making your life that much more unpleasant and difficult.
This is a major part of why I don’t like pregnancy – and especially the last trimester of it when you start truly gaining and growing bigger! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE having babies, and I love feeling the baby kick and roll over inside me, but dealing with the weight gain and nausea and feeling like a bowling ball is trapped inside your gut throwing you off balance… yea, it’s just not something fun or easy to go through LOL. Thank goodness it’s only for about these last 3 months when it’s really that hard.
I’m at 30 weeks now, only about 7-8 more to go!!
Looking forward to giving birth and getting active again immediately! With both of our prior babies I healed insanely fast from the c-sections, and was able to walk (which helps you heal faster actually) only a few hours after the surgeries, and feel almost normal 2 weeks afterward. Being strong and fit throughout your pregnancy is so necessary for things like this! And if you’re having a c-section, make sure you get up and walk and be a little active as soon as they allow you to.
Yea… I don’t know about you, but to me, this just LOOKS painful to be protruding that hugely, LOL!!! This picture above was me at 38 weeks pregnant with baby #2, just a few days before he came out. I look almost just as big right now, maybe a tiny bit smaller.
This next picture is right at 6 months after baby #2… I was basically eating very “clean,” almost a keto type of diet concerning the actual food choices (but not actually following keto), and working out 3-4 days a week to the Tracy Anderson Metamorphosis DVD set which focuses on dance workouts and intense pilates mat workouts to tone and define muscles.
So… all this to say… just because you have bad genetics and every woman in your family struggled and could never lose the baby weight after getting pregnant, it just doesn’t have to be your story too!
We have so much more information now that they sadly didn’t have 😦 , like how much you really should gain for pregnancy… what kinds of foods to eat that alter your pH balance or that could cause you to flair up with inflammation, how to recognize and diagnose allergy sensitivities, and on and on and on.
You can do it! You can get the body you’ve always wanted! All it takes is the desire and knowledge of how to get there.