Congratulations! You’re a new mama! So you’ve adjusted to the new sleep schedule and you’re beginning to feel like your old self again, well, at least mentally. Now you’re ready to take on the physical challenge and get back to your ultimate performance shape.
First of all, you’ll want to consider that you don’t have infinite time to do everything that you used to do so make sure that you’ll enjoy this is as much as possible and if that means changing something to make it more fun, make this a priority. This may be the only time you get to yourself in the course of a regular day.
One thing you’ll want to do is pace yourself. Don’t get drawn into the theory that you will need to do this as quickly as possible. Bear in mind the reality of the situation. You took nine months to grow a human being in your body. A human being! Face it – you’re already amazing. Feel free to take your time and move at a pace that fits your new lifestyle. There is no schedule for this – just keep moving forward.
Most physicians will support your choice to get fit provided that you act wisely. New aspects to consider that did not apply prior to baby are your energy level, the health requirements for breastfeeding moms and your changing schedule. On the upside, running can help you to boost your mood, increase energy and give you more stamina. You’ll need it! Women experiencing post partum depression will find that exercise helps to minimize the impacts of that. It’s not a cure all but it certainly will help to stimulate dopamine and alter your body chemistry to help in improving your outlook.
Take into account the enormous change that your body has just undergone and factor that into your need for recovery. You’ll need to get plenty of rest, even if that simply means quiet time with your new addition. You will be bleeding for a few weeks subsequent to delivery so listen to your body’s cues around your level of readiness. Talk to your doctor about your plan and take their advice seriously, particularly if you’ve had a C-section delivery. You’ll want to be extra careful in that situation.
Have a look at how your day is now playing out and how your baby’s needs dictate your schedule and try to find a time where you know you can easily carve out an hour consistently. Finding a schedule that works for you both will be the best route to take. If you’re nursing, feeding time is highly significant to baby and to you. Timing will dictate how much milk you produce and you will want to work around that timing. Running with full breasts will be more than uncomfortable so planning to run shortly after you’ve fed baby or expressing prior to your run is good preparation.
Eating on baby’s schedule might be a great way to reintroduce your training as well. Multiple small meals are a great way to regulate your blood sugar levels and thus, your energy. It will help your body to work off the baby weight as well.
If you aren’t mentally ready to leave your little one with someone else, consider getting a Jogger and taking baby along for the ride. This will open up your schedule immensely. Whenever baby takes a nap, you’ll be free to sneak in a run and the fresh air will do baby a world of good. It can become an excellent habit for both of you!