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Exercising After Baby | Post C-Section Workouts

As moms, it’s so important that we take care of ourselves. This is not only the case in early adulthood and pregnancy, but also after that as well. Postpartum bodies have gone through a lot in carrying and delivering a baby, or multiple babies, and they deserve some self-care.

exercising after c-section

Finding an exercise that works for you after pregnancy is key to giving yourself a little boost of energy, which you will find is non-existent for a while when you have kids, bringing some awareness back to the strength of your body, and allowing yourself to get a little bit of peace before starting (or ending) your day.

You can find more ways of easing into the day here in our “Three Small Wins” post.

Exercising After Baby

Yoga is such a wonderful practice for anyone, and there are so many different types that fit your individual needs and skill level. For postpartum, it’s perfect for slowly regaining muscle strength  back especially in your core.

Here is my current progress photo at three months postpartum. I wanted to share this to be completely real in the fact that I am just like all other moms out there who have had a baby. My stomach is not flat by any means, I have the “mommy belly” that doesn’t ever seem to go away, and it’s really hard to lose these extra pounds I but on. Our bodies are different and it can be quite a shock and difficult to get them back to a place that we are happy with again, no matter what that looks like individually.

three months postpartum belly

I had to wait quite a while after the twins’ delivery to begin working out again. When I did, it was tough! I felt like I should have been as strong as I used to be, but everything felt like jello and I could hardly hold myself up.

Tips For Easing Back Into Your Workouts

  • The key is to not be so hard on yourself. Breathe and remember that your body feels that way because your body made a human! THAT’S AMAZING!
  • Do small exercise until you can get back into doing your normal, full-blown workouts.
  • Take it slow when you do get into harder workouts. It isn’t going to all come back at once.
  • Get a partner that will hold you accountable. I just made YOU my partners by posting that picture for accountability. I will be updating it as I (slowly) progress:)
  • Find some mommy/baby workouts you can do together. Click the link to see a few that I loved doing after the birth of my second child.

Are you expecting? Here are some tips for exercising while pregnant as well as some benefits of fitness during pregnancy.

If you like this post and video, let me know and I will do more of them! Like I said, I am not a yoga teach or health professional, and everyone has different bodies. Make sure you get the “ok” from your doctor before trying any active exercise after delivery.

*Here’s to healthy babies and healthy bodies*

joanna at motherhood and merlot

 

 

 

 

 

 

18 comments

  1. I loved your video! Yoga has so many benefits! You look great.
    Melissa (Wading Through Motherhood) recently posted…20 Signs You’re a ParentMy Profile

  2. Great post and I love being able to watch the video as well. Baby coo-ing in the background was a bonus!
    Heather with WELLFITandFED recently posted…The Power Of The Pre-Prep – Spaghetti Squash, Bacon and VegetablesMy Profile

  3. Yoga has been awesome for me postpartum! You look fab xx
    Katie Chiavarone recently posted…Halloween Slime for Sensory PlayMy Profile

  4. Great video! And you look great mama, even if you feel like jello. I hated that feeling of trying to flex or tighten my abs and they just was nothing there! Pinned and sharing with my preggo friends!!

  5. Eeeesh. I need to start working out. Thanks for the great motivation 🙂

  6. I just started doing yoga a month ago and love it! Mostly because I get to get away from the house for about an hour! LOL
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  7. Awesome job getting back to exercise. It can be tough after having taken the time off. You are so right, start slow and have accountability. Great inspiring post!

  8. Your tips are so affirming and your progress is so admirable. You have FOUR under FOUR and you look fabulous!!! I don’t know how I missed this scope but I’m glad to have seen it now 🙂
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  9. You have the best yoga “music” ever. Cooing babies <3
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  10. I saw your yoga scope and was jealous! I have tried yoga many times and I love it, but I just don’t “get” it. My body doesn’t want to move that way. I am totally spaz looking when I attempt yoga. I do need to take more time for myself though!
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  11. I loved motherhood. Being a grandma tops everything. None of the rules apply..

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