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Back to fitness after Pregnancy

Following a rather difficult and painful pregnancy it’s now time to get back to fitness, at the end of my pregnancy I couldn’t even walk. I’m not bothered about losing weight my goals are strengthening my core and improving my mobility.

Here’s my very simple plan

Mobility

For me the best way to start improving my mobility and getting fit again is to start walking. It’s simple and free and you get the benefits of fresh air as well. Although this may seem a very easy exercise it’s fantastic for post pregnancy as you can start it straight away. As I mentioned during pregnancy I couldn’t walk at all without crutches so even just a small walk is good for me.

I pop the baby in the pram and off we go, just walking around where we live. Now I’m one of these people that needs help with motivation as it’s much more appealing to stay at home watching Daytime TV in the warm with a cup of tea.

I’ve decided to invest in a step tracker so that I can monitor my daily activity and therefore make sure I’m improving over time and challenging myself.

Strengthening

In order to support my back and find my stomach muscles again I am going to start doing Pilates, in fact I did my first class this week, 8 weeks post partum. I did Pilates before pregnancy as it really helped with my back, it’s important to have a strong core as some muscles just don’t work and me stomach muscles help hold my upright.

Pilates is great after pregnancy, it helps you find muscles you’d forgotten you had. It also makes you consider your posture which is important when you have a newborn. We’re all guilty of holding the baby in a funny position and gazing down when we are feeding them, or even just jigging around the house trying to calm them.

My goals

By the end of May I want to;

  • Walk approx 6000 steps a day without being in agony.
  • Be able to push a shopping trolley around a supermarket without putting my back out, turning corners with a full trolley is really painful.
  • Hold the baby with the correct posture, at the moment I’m leaning forward or having to bend my knees in order to stand up straight.
  • To have stopped the strong pain medication as the exercise will have made me stronger.

What did you do to get back to fitness after pregnancy?

 

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26 Comments

  • Reply Michelle Murray

    sorry about your back pain – I think baby steps is the best approach with little goals

    March 9, 2016 at 5:52 am
  • Reply dearmummyblog

    Sorry to hear about the pain you are continuing to suffer, I hope that simple exercise helps ease it. My mummy went to buggy fit after having me x

    March 8, 2016 at 4:35 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    I am sorry about your back pain, but you are doing well with pushing yourself, I am hopeless when it comes to setting fitness goals x

    March 8, 2016 at 9:57 am
  • Reply Tori Gabriel

    I am afraid to say I didn’t even give my post pregnancy fitness a thought. With two under twos I knew the gym was an impossibility. However, we don’t drive so I walk everywhere with my girls. That seems to have done the trick.

    March 8, 2016 at 8:45 am
  • Reply Fi Ni Neachtain

    I plan to get walking again after pregnancy too, as you said, it’s free and is ideal for getting fresh air for mum and baby. Good luck with your goals.

    March 8, 2016 at 8:20 am
  • Reply Emma White (@TheRealSupermum)

    great post with some very sensible goals and I am sure with your determination you will reach them all

    March 7, 2016 at 10:24 pm
  • Reply Georgina Prince

    I really feel for you post pregnancy the last thing you need is mobility pain! My biggest problem with getting back to fitness is shee lack of motivation if you find mine let me know lol xxxx

    March 7, 2016 at 9:02 pm
  • Reply Anosa

    Good luck with you goals and fitness plan, never been pregnant before but I do have back pain which really is a pain but yoga used to help now I am just too lazy.

    March 7, 2016 at 8:27 pm
  • Reply Kaz & Ickle Pickle (@IcklePicklex)

    Great tips – I fractured my coccyx in between having my two sons so when pregnant with Pickle I was in agony at the end. Kaz x

    March 7, 2016 at 8:24 pm
  • Reply Ana De Jesus

    I have never been pregnant but I have bad back problems too and have Pilate classes/physio therapy as I have scolosis, hypermobile joints and damaged muscle tissue. It is very painful x

    March 7, 2016 at 7:34 pm
  • Reply cvnxena

    this is a great post, I made the mistake of doing absolutely nothing for about two years and then wondered why I could barely cope with even walking! :p much better now though I am pleased to report!

    March 7, 2016 at 5:41 pm
  • Reply Little Steps/Dean B (@LittleStepsTwit)

    I’m embarrassed to say I never had a fitness routine, so there wasn’t any going back to fitness routine after giving birth to my daughter. But it’s right that you have one and have managed to go back to it. I consider walking the dog and my daughter to school as my exercise regime 🙂 x

    March 7, 2016 at 11:35 am
  • Reply joannavictoria

    Sorry to hear ur back has been giving you trouble.I must admit my fitness is terrible the only exercise I’ve been doing is walking every where. I used to love doing Zumba on the Wii but since having blake I’ve not felt like doing it.

    March 7, 2016 at 11:25 am
  • Reply Oana

    Oh, Lisa, I am sorry your back has been giving you so much trouble! I do hope the Pilates classes help and you will be able to meet your most important goal, walking around without being in pain!xx

    March 2, 2016 at 8:35 pm
  • Reply Everything Mummy

    Sounds like you had it really tough towards they end of your pregnancy but I really admire your motivation to get yourself back in shape and feeling better good for you! I started out with lots of walking too and then got back to the gym about 6 weeks after having the girls x

    March 2, 2016 at 1:58 pm
  • Reply leeshastarr

    Good luck with your goals. 6000 steps can be hard for me sometimes and I’ve not no reason not to walk about

    March 2, 2016 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply martynkitney

    Love this. It’s the commitment that makes the difference. To motivate yourself to push is important. I’ve had similar conversations with some post pregnancy flabby daddy’s who indulged whilst their partner was expecting

    March 2, 2016 at 8:41 am
    • Reply Lisa

      That’s why I think have some kind of step tracker will keep me motivated as I can’t cheat!

      March 3, 2016 at 10:25 am
  • Reply Jess

    I love the idea of setting goals! I was always lucky in that I lost all my baby weight quickly, but I did gain 30lbs after just relaxing a little! I went on a weight loss journey in 2014 and managed to lose all the weight again in just a few months (high metabolism too). Now I really need to get my butt into gear and tone it up, things are wobbly, my tummy isn’t even the slightest bit toned and I know i’d feel so much more confident with them a little tighter! x

    March 2, 2016 at 8:29 am
    • Reply Lisa

      I’m hoping that the pilates is going to help with the wobbly bits and getting things toned up again. x

      March 3, 2016 at 10:25 am
  • Reply Mother Under Measure

    I walked everywhere after having Josh, not only was it good cardio and got my legs in good shape but pushing the pram also helped with my arms, especially when the pram was full of shopping!! x

    March 2, 2016 at 7:43 am
    • Reply Lisa

      Walking is great, I’m trying to get out everyday with the buggy it’s nice to get the fresh air as well x

      March 3, 2016 at 10:26 am
  • Reply lifewithpinkprincesses

    I need to really push myself to start exercising. I have too many flabby bits!

    March 2, 2016 at 6:47 am
    • Reply Lisa

      It’s so hard to fit it in though especially when you have 3 kids. That’s why I’m looking for something I can commit too. There’s no way I could start going to the gym.

      March 3, 2016 at 10:27 am
  • Reply Harriet from Toby & Roo

    Great post and some brilliant tips. I would love to be stronger in my body but I just honestly don’t have the push to commit to it yet!! I need to get inspired 🙂 H x

    March 1, 2016 at 9:50 pm
    • Reply Lisa

      I’m trying to take it in small steps and set little goals I can achieve rather than any dramatic changes. x

      March 3, 2016 at 10:29 am

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