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6th Week Post Partum and Future Plans

This will be my last entry on this blog. I hope to merge it with my other blog and leave these entries as references for people to read related to pregnancy exercise and post-partum exercise. After 6 weeks mothers are usually cleared for exercise by their physicians, but for those first 6 weeks new mothers who want to be active are left to wonder: “What can I do?”  I want new mothers to have access to these entries of my 6 weeks post partum so they can be aware of what can actually be done during those 6 weeks and also to know what to focus on: kegels, abdominal strengthening (with focus on closing the diastasis and stabilizing the bones of the pelvis and lower back), and light cardio. Weeks 5 and 6 were challenging for me to remain active during; I went back to work. I work early in the mornings as a personal trainer and therefore had to wake up by 5 or 6 depending on which day of the week and was therefore sleeping less.

Sunday: More Scootercise! 1 hour total, 3 1/2 laps around Cadman Plaza plus there and back. It was actually quite fast with some sprinting involved and also some slower jogging. More of an interval workout. After we arrived back home I did 2 sets of pushups and 2 sets of one arm rows, knee floats.

Monday: Two 15 minute brisk walks. Did Kegels, knee floats and stretched later in the day.

Tuesday: 15 minute brisk walk, 45 minute walk, leg stretches, 15 minute brisk walk. 45 minute slow walk with stroller and 15 minute brisk walk. Some dancing (5-10) minutes with my 3 year old.

Wednesday: 15 minute brisk, 3 minute jog plus 2 hills at Columbia Heights, 2 sets of wall pushups, jog for 8 minutes (25 minutes total), leg stretches, 15 minute brisk walk.  Later in the day: 25 minute walk, 20 minute walk, and 15 minute walk all while pushing stroller and carrying my daughter (9 1/2 pounds).

Thursday: Two 10 minute walks to local park. I mostly rested all day since I was completely worn out with work and being active again.

Friday: 15 minute brisk walk, 35 minute walk, leg stretches, 20 minute walk. Later in day: light tennis (while baby wearing), 20 minute walk again while baby wearing.

Saturday: Scootercise with Mateo 1 1/2 loops around Cadman Plaza, plus continuing to farmers market and then back home. 10 minute walk and later in the early evening 2 long walks 30 minutes each while baby wearing.

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First Week Post Partum

Wow! It’s been a whole week so far. Completely different then recovery from the first labor and pregnancy. For one thing, I gained less total weight this time and for another I didn’t labor for 36 hours. After 24 hours my body was tired but felt fine. I can sit with no discomfort and as anyone who has had a vaginal birth knows, that is great!  Here is a list of the activities and fitness activities I have done:

Beginning the first night or next morning (I can’t remember which) I began doing Kegels, mostly while lying in bed. I could barely hold it for a fast count of 5, but slowly over the course of the week they have gotten stronger and I can hold it longer. I am also doing quick Kegels to get the muscles working on a fast mode, since when I cough hard they are not doing their job yet (urine leakage).

Also beginning the first night or next morning, but more often after the uterus stopped it’s painful contractions, I have been doing light abdominal engagements for the transverse abdominis muscles. These I have also been doing while lying in bed, usually while lying with a neutral position of the pelvis and spine, but sometimes in whatever position I am in: deep breath in, exhale, pull in belly button to spine and hold.  I am visualizing the diastasis recti closing as I do this. I have a large diastasis so we shall see how and when (or if) this knits together again.  I have also added a single knee float (after the abdominal muscles are engaged I bring one knee in toward the chest keeping the pelvis stable). This is super challenging for my abdominal muscles and I feel them working deeply. They are not strong enough to do both knees into the chest yet.

I went for my first walk on the second day post partum. 20 minutes and then another 20 plus minutes and some time down at the playground with my son and my daughter in a sling. 3rd day post partum I did another 20 minute walk and 20 minutes walking home also. Both while carrying Ana Lupe in the sling. 4th day: rode the subway to Mateo’s gymnastics class, took a cab home, so that was more restful. 5th day post partum I can’t remember, maybe I stayed home? However on day 6 I took just Mateo on a 20 minute speed walk with jog to the bank and to get take out, immediately followed by a 20 minute speed walk with more jogging to get home. He was riding his scooter and went a bit too fast and didn’t stop when I asked him to, so that is how I ended up jogging.  I need a good nursing bra that is also good for running while chasing a 3 year old.  Day 7 we walked 20 minutes to Fort Greene park. I had Lupe in the Moby wrap which works quite well for being able to interact with Mateo and hold her.  I need to figure out how to nurse while using the Moby.  I can only push the swing for Mateo with one hand otherwise Lupe will get bonked by Mateo’s shoes or the swing, but that makes it a great tricep work out: pushing a swing.

Week 39, Day 1

I decided to go back to daily entries, just in case….

 

7:00 AM 15 minute speed walk, 40 minute moderate walk with leg stretches, 15 minute speed walk.  

11:00 AM  10 minute park walk, 10 minute home from park walk.

2:30 15 minute speed walk

4:00 10 minute jog in the rain trying to get home before it poured, Mateo was speeding on the scooter.

more light walking later in the day. Lots of Braxton Hicks contractions in the evening and throughout the night.

Week 34 — Realizing my limitations

Day 1: 7:05 AM — 20 minute walk, 35 minute walk, leg stretches, 15 minute brisk walk (so hard now!)

11:00 AM — 20 minute leisurely walk, push swing, partial pull ups on swing set, 

4:00 PM — various sprints in park to catch Mateo

5:30 PM– 15 minute walk home

Day 2:  6:00 AM — 16 minute brisk walk (can’t do the same distance in 15 minutes anymore), no running with client, I just can’t do it at his pace anymore, I’m too heavy. 

8:10 AM– 10 minute leisurely walk followed by another 10 minute leisurely walk

10:00– 30 minute leisurely walk

11:30 — 2 sets pushups on knees (belly hits floor now), 2 sets rows (10 pounds), lunges, deep knee squats ( 2 sets, starting to strengthen for labor now, super deep squats) , plank and hold, and plank and lift one leg, stretches.

12:00 –15 minute walk, 

4:30 pm — 10 minutes to park for playing, sliding, rock throwing, etc.

Day 3: 7:05 AM  20 minute walk, 35 minute walk moderate pace, at the end of the walk, I seriously considered taking the elevator up the 3 flights of stairs, leg stretches,  17 minute brisk walk home (again can’t do it in 15 minutes anymore, too hard)

11:45 AM — 30 minute walk to gymnastics class for Mateo, sat for one hour, 15 minute walk to ice cream shop (I ate a sorbet, very good), 20 minute walk to Fort Greene Park, sat mostly for another 45 minutes or hour, then played actively with Mateo (slides, climbing, walking a lot) for another 30 minutes and 30 minute walk home pushing stroller and sleeping Mateo.  Way too much walking even with all the rest in between locations.  Completely exhausted when I arrived home.

Day 4:   6:00 AM 16 minute brisk walk — planned on running with client, but just couldn’t make myself do it. I just know that I can no longer do it as I have been doing it. I am sad about that but I am also being realistic.  8:10 am 10 minute walk, 10:30–  45 minute walk through and around Park Slope. Again overdid the walking a bit, completely tired and then took Mateo to park at 1:00 for about 1 and half hours with me participating in some sliding and climbing. 

Day 5:  8:15  AM 40 minute jog with 4 loops around Cadman Plaza Park! I was so happy to have done it and proud of myself, even though throughout the run I was having to work very hard to keep myself going mentally!  Ran into my former running partner and chatted for about 10 minutes then ran the rest of the way home. The rest break was actually very good for me, recovered fully and was ready to do more.  2 sets pushups, 2 sets rows, stretching and planks, 1 set shoulders.

3:00 PM went to MOMA, ate late lunch and walked around a bit, super tired though after the morning’s workout and walked super slow until I needed to sprint at one point to catch Mateo before he ran too far away from me. That sprinting after Mateo is when my pelvis/ hamstring muscles actually, really hurt. It’s so difficult to do now, but still must be done on occasion to keep him safe, but he is slowly beginning to understand that he can’t do that as much as I used to let him.

Day 6:  Went to Brooklyn Children’s museum, leisurely walk for 20 minutes to subway, then walked around Museum, Mateo completely overtired, but he walked 10 minutes to the bus stop and then fell asleep on bus.  My exercise: carrying sleeping Mateo 20 minutes from bus stop to home since all cabs were off duty or full…. Later in evening some wrestling with both Mateo and husband. At night strange pain on right side of abdomen– not the usual Braxton Hicks or round ligament pain, but quite painful and continuous, woke up later and called the midwife to rule out the scary possibilities. Seems to be just a pulled muscle or possibly a bruise from the girl inside kicking out against my son sitting on my abdomen….

Day 7: 8:43 AM —-17 minute walk leisurely, felt my abdomen pain as I walked, also felt it earlier in the morning when I picked up Mateo.  Pain went away as I sat, returned during 17 minute walk home. It’s gone after I rested an hour.  It seems I need to take it easier than I have been. I guess that’s a good thing to during by the middle of the 8th month!!!!!

Week 33 – Oh my aching pelvis

Okay, this week, in general, my pelvis has been aching. The bones must be shifting a bit especially around the sacrum. Also, my legs have given up on my a couple of times, not so that I hit the floor, but they have buckled out from under me, mostly when I need to move quickly or change direction all of a sudden. This seems to be connect with my hamstring muscles feeling overstretched and sore all the time (I’ve been using lots of tiger balm on them). They seem to be over stretched from the shift in bones and the increased lordosis (the curve in the lower back is exaggerated). I’ve been focusing more on Kegels and abs to counterbalance that tendency.

Day 1: 7:05 am 2o minute moderate walk, 45 min moderate walk, leg stretches

8:25  20 minute moderate walk

4:00 PM carried Mateo from Harry Chapin playground to our house, he fell asleep halfway home. Also, carried his scooter.  Took over 20 minutes carrying the extra weight and my legs and arms were dead afterward.  

Day 2: 6:00 AM brisk walk 16 minutes ( it now takes an additional minute to do the same walk I used to do in 15 minutes — I am getting slower), 

6:20   ran to park (5 minutes) and back, did 4 sets of lunges and 2 sets of pushups (on bench). 

8:10 20 minute walk

11:00 20 minute walk

1:30  20 minute walk

Day 3: 7:05 AM  20 minute moderate walk followed by 35 minute moderate walk (hill and stairs 4 flights are now very challenging)

8:25  15 minute very brisk walk

11:00  Slow walk with stops to Brooklyn Heights (30 minutes walking with break in the middle)

2:00 25 minute walk

Day 4: 6:00 brisk walk 16 minutes, 

6:20 ran to hill (5 min.) couldn’t run the hill, can’t do it anymore at my client’s pace, did 4 sets of lunges, 2 sets of wall pushups, 8 minute run back, leg stretches

8:05 10 minute brisk walk followed by 8 min brisk walk

9:30 1 hour walk across Park Slope while running errands

5:00 PM 20 minute walk to Brooklyn Heights 

Day 5: 35 minute run around Cadman Plaza Park – 4 loops! It was so difficult!  Also, it’s not a run, it’s a jog at this point. Still felt good to do it. Did 2 sets of one arm rows, 2 set of shoulder flys.  Lot’s of cleaning.  More walking 20 minutes and 20 minutes later in day. 

Day 6:  Light walking.

Day 7:  15 minute walk, 15 minute walk, 10 minute walk, 20 minute walk.  Light day.

Week 22

Day 1 

Forgot pedometer but usual:7:00 am  20 minute moderate walk, 40 minute moderate walk, followed by 15 minute brisk, then busy all day at home, non-stop

Day 2

6:00 am  15 minute walk, other walking

11: 15  barre, pushups and rows (only one set each)

Total steps: 8000

Day 3

7:05 moderate walk 20 minutes, 30 minute moderate walk, 13 minute super brisk walk/jog

4000 Steps

10:00 am Trip to Brooklyn Children’s Museum and lots of sprinting after Mateo

11,000 Steps total

Day 4

7:00 am Brisk walk 13 minutes, brisk walk 6 minutes

8:30 10 minute brisk, 5 minute brisk

10:10 – 10:50 brisk walk and errands

Pedometer: 6704 Steps

running about 10 minutes while chasing Mateo in the hallway.

Day 5

Great day for my body: I had a massage!  

Leisurely walking and shopping, 8 minutes walking while carrying sleeping Mateo. He is getting super heavy and at least my belly is starting to support him a bit when I hold him, unfortunately I can’t breathe….

Pedometer: 6704 steps

Day 6

Walking, some brisk, most moderate.  Not sure if I cleared my pedometer but at least 5000 steps, maybe more

Day 7 

6:00 am 15 minute brisk walk

6:20 ran 3 loops around Cadman Plaza park and light stretches. Super winded running up the very, very tiny incline on the running path loop.

8:10 15 minute brisk walk

Pedometer: 7021 Steps

2:50  Super brisk scootercise to go teach Creative Movement class at 3:15, detour down a hill since Mateo now loves riding his scooter (too) fast down hills.

5:00 Scootercise the long way home, by way of Harry Chapin playground with some swing pushing and a lot of jogging to keep up with Mateo

Pedometer total: 10462 Steps  (feel like it was a million more steps, all that running today

Week 19

Day 1

Short walk with Mateo, at his pace, then jog while he ran two blocks, then carried him on my shoulders for 10 minutes.

Day 2

Travel day home, some leg stretches on the airplane.

Day 3

Nothing: home cleaning and laundry — nothing like being home to have to do all the chores again…..

Day 4

15 minute brisk walk

10 minute brisk walkk

20 minute super brisk walk (bitter cold walk from Brooklyn Heights to Dumbo)

Day 5

30 minutes stepping at home, light stretching

Day 6

light walking, lots of cleaning

Day 7

10 minutes carrying Mateo in Ergo, Taught 45 minute Creative Movement Class

25 minute leisurely walk home

Week 15

Week 15, Day 1

7:05 20 minute walk

7:35 30 minute walk

8:30 15 minute walk

Week 15, Day 2

6:00  15 minute walk

6:20-6:45  25 minute run – 3 loops around Cadman Plaza Park, 

7:10  20 inute walk 

9:00 shopping and walking home 15 minutes from Brooklyn Heights

(most afternoons in weeks 13, 14, 15 and 16 I did very little physical activity in the afternoons)

Week 15, Day 3

7:05 20 minute walk

7:30 35 minute walk

8:30 15 minute walk

10 minute walk to bus stop, walk around Children’s Museum, 10 minute walk carrying Mateo to get home from bus stop

Week 15, Day 4

6:00 am 15minute brisk walk

6:15 run 30 minutes (3 slow loops), leg stretches

7:10 brisk 10 minute walk and liesruely 10 minute walk

9:00 am brisk 10 min,

10:50 10 minute walk/jog in snow

11:40 brisk 15 minute walk

Week 15, Day 5

Leisurely walk

Week, 15, Day 6

more walking, 20 minute brisk in rain, lifting various boxes and carrying a heavy suitcase downstairs in the elevator

Week 15, Day 7

6:30 20 minute cautious walk due to ice on sidewalks

15 minute more brisk walk, 10 minute brisk walk later

Week 13

So, I have been lax about inputting the data over the last almost 4 weeks (week 17 starts tomorrow); I have continued to record the data though. I will continue with weekly entries instead of daily. I also have slacked on the wearing of the pedometer. I will recommence the pedometer when I return from vacation mid January.

Week 13, Day 1 —

6:00 am : Brisk walk

6:20 25 minute run , 3 loops around Cadman Plaza  and leg stretches

7:10 am 15 minute brisk walk

7:35 40 minute walk

8:25 15 minute brisk walk

Pedometer: 13, 185 steps

10:45 -12:00 moderate /leisurely walkto and around parks

Pedometer: 15, 717 Steps

Later in day crawling through Fresh Direct box tunnels with toddler.

Week 13, Day 2

8:45 brisk 15 minute walk

11:30 – 12:00 pushups, one arm rows, Barre, inversion, stretches

12:00 -12:30 – run, chase, dance, jump, fall with Mateo

Steps: 8902

Week 13, Day 3

6:00 am 15 minute brisk walk

6:20-6:40 run (2 hills)

7:30 30 minute moderate walk

8:30 15 minute brisk walk

3:30 Some walking, some carrying Mateo, then 10 minutes carrying Mateo in Ergo

Week 13, Day 4

12 minute brisk walk, followed by 8 minute brisk walk, followed by 15 minute brisk walk.

Pedometer total for two days: 18,000 Steps

Week 13, Day 5

Mopped house, moderate walking, and additional 20 minute moderate walk

Week 13, Day 6

Laundry, dishes etc.

Week 13, Day 7

15 minute brisk walk, 10 minute brisk walk, 8 minute brisk, 10 minute brisk walk

12:00 16 minute brisk walk

2:30 15 minute brisk walk carrying Mateo

3:15 Creative Movement class

5:00 15 minute brisk walk carrying Mateo

Week 11, Day 3

7:10 am – brisk 15 minute walk

7:40 am – moderate 40 minute walk, 

8:30 am – 11 minutes brisk jog, followed by 3 minutes on the step.

Pedometer: 7964 steps