Week in Workouts: Breastfeeding and Running Success!

I took your advice on running while breastfeeding and it paid off! On Saturday, I successfully ran 4.5 miles pain free. Here is what I did:

  1. I fed Tommy when I first woke up and then pumped afterwards what was left.
  2. I put on my new Juno bra from Moving Comfort. This wasn’t sent to me, I bought it online via the Brooks website on sale for $39.99. I ordered the 34DD hoping it wouldn’t be too big as my other Moving Comfort is a 32D… It was almost too small. The girls were SNUG and it felt like it barely fit.
  3. Run at a comfortable pace which was a ten minute mile.

I ran 4.5 miles at a medium effort level. I couldn’t believe how much stamina I still had. I was tired when I finished but I was surprised that I didn’t need to stop at all. Most shockingly, I was sore Sunday. I am never sore after running except for long marathon training runs and race days.

I shared this photo on Friday on my Instagram to show the difference between my belly while pregnant and now, six weeks postpartum. From the side, I will admit, it is slightly deceiving.

Belly Picture Post Pregnancy

I hesitated posting a progress picture. I’m not sharing it to make any new moms feel bad or show off but to inspire others to continue exercising through pregnancy and not feel guilty about what you eat. I still have 10 lbs to lose but know it will take some time and am working out more to get back in shape rather than lose weight. 6weeks post baby

Again, I haven’t really looked at my diet. I have an oversupply of breast milk so if it gets reduced as a result of working out, I’ll be happy. Tommy has gained about a lb a week since birth exclusively being breastfed… he is 15lbs at just 7 weeks old so he could probably use a little milk reduction too. Kidding, I’m not putting him on a diet but I did read that if you have a forceful let down it sometimes can cause extra weight gain in babies. His weight by the way for non or new moms is on the chart as being equivalent to a 4-6 month old.

After getting cleared by my midwife, here is what my week in workouts looked like:

  • Monday: REST
  • Tuesday: Two SFitGym.com Workouts, total 30 minutes body weight strength + cardio
  • Wednesday: 30 minutes Elliptical
  • Thursday: 45 minute Spin Class at NEW Recycle Studio in the South End
  • Friday: 15 minutes Elliptical, 30 minutes Strength Training
  • Saturday: 4.5 mile run at 10 min/mile pace
  • Sunday: 45 minute Spin Class at Recycle Studio

On Friday, I binge watched YouTube videos on Diastasis Recti. I’m pretty confident I do not have one after checking multiple times since giving birth. The gap is getting smaller and right now is about one finger wide. I’m going to do a bigger post on this but wanted to quickly address it on my blog. I was very careful during my workouts while pregnant to avoid exercises that might cause my abs to separate more than normal. I stayed away from crunches but did plenty of planks which some experts think you should avoid. I didn’t.

At the gym later that night, I did the following strength training workout:

  • 10 Band walks with the black resistance band above my knees to the left, then right followed by 10 body weight squats. Repeat 3x.
  • 15 Bridges with feet two fists apart, then 15 Bridges with my toes pointing out at an angle for an external rotation. Repeat 2x
  • 12 Bicep Curls using 15 lb dumbbells followed by 12 Single Arm Rows on each side with 15 lb dumbbell. Repeat 3x
  • 15 Chest presses with 15 lb dumbbells followed by 15 Tricep Skull Crushers. Repeat 3x.
  • Abs – I did 40 second side planks on each side for a total of 3 sets.

Tommy Big Boy Tummy Time

I’m excited for another rest day tomorrow. I finally feel like myself again and can’t wait to get back out to running again this week.

I think it is safe to say that six weeks was a major turning point for me as a first time mom. I finally feel like I’m getting used to this now role and am able to sprinkle in bits of my old life successfully.

When did you find your turning point? Did you have a big baby like Tommy and did his weight eventually plateau?

Week in Workouts: Breastfeeding and Running Success!

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10 Comments

  • Sarah
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    not a mom…not pregnant yet but hopefully next spring. I’ve always had a lot of fears of the whole pregnancy thing, especially how everything else might fit in. Your progress updates have helped reduce some of the fear. Makes it seem more manageable. Thanks for sharing.

  • Kristen
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    Just today I was telling my best friend (who is due in May) that at 6 weeks things just start to click and feel “normal” :) I’m due in 5 weeks with boy #2, and hope it’s the same this time around for me!

  • Julia
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    You look amazing! Thats awesome that you feel so good to get back at it so quickly! Just as an fyi- a breastfed baby can never overeat. Your supply adjusts as your baby needs it! Obviously you have a great eater which is equally as awesome!

  • Julia
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    You look great! Living proof that staying fit and healthy during pregnancy helps you and your body to snap back after birth a lot faster. I am due with my second boy in May and this totally motivates me to keep moving the next/last few weeks.

  • Carolyn
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    Just wanted to share…I work in a running specialty store, and we are trained on the specifics of Moving Comfort bras. Juno and some of the other “full cup” bras are SO supportive that they almost border on compressive; when we fit for these bras, we recommend trying at LEAST a band size and cup size up from your “normal” bra size, and in some cases (like the Juno, which is basically the holy grail of sports bras for anyone who wears a C or above), you often need to go up even more. I hope as your body changes the fit of the bra is a little more forgiving for you, but if not, just some info for future purchasing :)

    You look absolutely great by the way…and seriously, thanks for always keeping it real here.

    • Yasminam
      Reply

      Interesting!
      I always have a hard time with sports bras because I have big breast.
      Usually I’m a 34DD in the Lululemon ones. What would you think will be the size for me on the Juno?
      Thanks

  • superfitbabe
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    Looking wonderful, Sarah! I’m only 18 so I cannot relate to this at all XD but it was still interesting to read about your updates!
    I think that what you’re doing is perfect so as long as you’re listening to your body and making sure that you’re prioritizing Tommy and your health first!

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