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5th Week Post Partum and back to part time work

Sunday: Nothing of significance. Gained one pound after the inactivity of the weekend and all the eating. Such hunger when nursing; I had forgotten how much hunger there is with breastfeeding, much more than when pregnant.

Monday: While baby wearing Lupe, two 15 minute walks and two 10 minute walks.

Tuesday: Back to work! 6:05 AM 10 minute brisk walk, ran 2 hills, one set pushups,  1 set lunges, and 10 minute run.7:15  35 minute walk.  8:15  15 minute brisk walk. Later in day three 10 minute walks and one 15 minute walk all while carrying Lupe.

Wednesday: 2 sets of pushups (5/7 on toes), 2 sets one arm rows.  25 minute walk (carrying Lupe and pushing stroller).One 10 minute walk followed by a 15 minute walk.

Thursday: 15 minute brisk walk followed by 5 minute run to Cadman Plaza (2 loops around park), 5 minute run (total 30 minutes), stretch for legs. 7:15 AM 30 minute walk, leg stretches. 8:15 AM 15 minute brisk walk.  Later in day two 10 minute walks to Cadman plaza carrying Lupe and pushing stroller.

Friday: 6:15 AM 15 minute brisk walk. Later total of four 10 minute walks and one 15 minute walk, most of them while carrying Lupe.

Saturday: Scootercise! 1 hour and 10 minutes run while Mateo rode his scooter. Did two sets of jumping jacks (too soon, I need to do more Kegels to get those muscles strong again!), two sets of lunges. 35 minutes of the time was really running, the other half was jogging and being “pulled’ or pulling Mateo on his scooter. In the evening I did Kegels and some abdominal strengthening still focusing on visualizing the diastasis closing.

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2nd Week Post Partum

8th day post partum: walking a round this morning I could feel my abdominals pulling in!  Supporting me as I walked with just a little conscious effort on my part. I also climbed up on the shelf in the kitchen no problem. So nice to be mobile again!!!!  did one set of rows and my kegels, and breathing, leg floats, hope to do pushups later and some planks. More walking later in the day from Atlantic Avenue to home, definitely feeling like my body is doing too much actually, need to rest more tomorrow.  9:00 pm did a second set of rows, 2 sets of pushups and shoulder flys

9th day post partum: planks with Mateo, just playing, wrestling and flying airplane with Mateo is enough exercise. He really is a workout! We also did a few pirouettes. Mateo has a beautiful pirouette!  Very graceful. Walked 15 minutes briskly followed by another 10 minute walk both while carrying Lupe (in the Moby wrap, baby wearing at it’s best).

10th day post partum: walked from Bergen street subway to LICH (15 minutes) then from LICH to Dumbo (25 minutes) ran a couple errands and carried Lupe at the same time.  Late in day did pushups, rows, shoulder flys (2 sets each), and some planks. Went to local playground with both kids, had to chase Mateo as he ran away to the train store, no fun.

11th day post partum: sick still, sore throat getting progressively worse, had it since before Lupe was born, I need more sleep!  walked locally in neighborhood and wrestled with Mateo some.

12th day post partum:  rested as much as I could with Lupe.

13th day post partum: walked 4 ten minute walks in the neighborhood, wearing Lupe in the Moby wrap. Carrying a very heavy birthday cake for one of the 10 minute walks. Lot’s of house cleaning (still have sore throat and low grade fever, need more sleep)

14th day post partum:  Cleaned up toys, short trip to park and back in the rain. Did two sets of pushups, rows and one set of shoulder flys, leg floats (double leg this time), other abdominal stabilizing, stretches, plank and side plank. Began doing kegels again.

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 9, Day 4

6:30 am – 11:30 am Various walking, some kegels. Pedometer: 9043 Steps

3:30 -6:00 Walking and some scootercise. Pedometer: 13672