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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.

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Week 39 Continued, sick, and birthed a baby!

Well, I didn’t do as planned: writing each day. I also didn’t exercise much. I came down with a cold beginning on Tuesday night. Wednesday, Day 2, I walked 15 minutes brisk then I can’t remember the rest. Must have headed to a park somewhere, local I think. Day 3 cancelled all work since I was sick, but did walk 25 minutes to Atlantic avenue . Day 4 still sick, light walking in Museum of Natural History and carried Mateo home from the subway 2 blocks.  Day 5: Still sick, coughing, not sleeping well went where? Must have walked somewhere… Oh yeah, walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, a bit in lower Manhattan and then later home from Brooklyn Heights, Lots of Braxton Hicks contractions, still having sore throat.  Day 6: went to park (10 minutes each way) and was having a change in contractions, deeper and more intense. Labor was short and extremely painful and super intense.  But it was no where near as physically exhausting as my first labor which lasted 36 hours. This one was less than 12 from the change in contractions in the morning around 8:30 am until it became time to call the midwife for reassurance that this really might be true labor at 1:00 PM to calling her around 4:30 saying it is maybe time to think about coming to her arriving at 5:45 when it was really excrutiating but I could still communicate fine and felt fine between contractions and then it was fast, intense, physical and rough until Ana Lupe was born at 6:36PM. Crazy short! 

Ana Lupe

Ana Lupe

Day 7: activity: some stair climbing and putting Mateo on my shoulders to flip down, oh and I’m still sick… 

So, I had planned on staying active until my daughter was born, but I didn’t because of being sick. I’m a bit disappointed about that, but that is how it went and all is well.

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!!!!!