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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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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.

3rd Week Post Partum

I need a new way to organize this log; since I gave birth on a Sunday, I guess I’ll just use the days of the week beginning with Sunday. This week the sore throat was still hanging around, but was better on the days following a good nights sleep.

Sunday (day 15): Pushups, one arm rows, 1 set of shoulder flys, planks, leg floats and various stretches. Did this around 9:00 PM. The little one was sleeping and the big one was actually sleeping also, he took a 4 hour nap from 5:30 – 9:30 Pm. Not ideal, but I did exercise.

Monday:  Walked to Atlantic avenue, Mateo in the stroller, Ana Lupe in the baby carrier. That took about 25 minutes. Walked back, but went also out of the way to a playground and spent some time at the playground. Approximately 40 minutes walking.

Tuesday: 10 minute walk to local park and back.

Wednesday: Same as above, total of 20 minutes walking. Did some kegels at night and some activating of the abdominal muscles.

Thursday: Workout at home while Ana Lupe was awake and looking at the world around her: lunges (front, back and side), sun salutations, 2 sets of pushups (I’m still on my knees and I can only do 8, but it will get easier), single knee floats, plank and side plank. Plank with lifting one foot off the ground: great abdominal strengthener. Later in day: long slow walk 30 minutes and then another 45 minutes. In between the two walks we went to the playground and ate at a restaurant.

Friday: Nothing of note, not sure I even left the house…

Saturday:  45-50 minute walk/jog with Mateo. We did 3 loops, but Mateo really wasn’t into just doing the loops, so lot’s of starting and stopping and negotiating, but still it was some exercise. Did pushups, rows, shoulder flys, knee floats, planks with Mateo climbing on top of me and other pelvis stabilizing exercises since I did begin to feel the looseness of the pelvis while doing the morning jog.  Later in day 20 minute walk to Fort Greene Park while carrying Ana Lupe.

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.

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.