Six Weeks Postpartum! Fitness Update

Tommy is 6 weeks old today and that means he is eating like an animal. I guess there is a 6 week growth spurt and he has been hungry nonstop. It also means that it is time for my postnatal check up with my midwife. I actually had my appointment yesterday and was given the official OK to start working out. We’re both so excited!

Snowpants Tommy

I was told to “listen to my body” after giving the “start with walking” advice the side eye.

You guys know that I already started working out because my body told me to start moving. Kidding, my body didn’t tell me anything but I wanted to workout and felt strong enough to do so I DID! After getting to workout on President’s Day because Nick had it off from work, I didn’t return to the gym until Friday afternoon. I miss the days of 11am Pilates on a Tuesday… I had no motivation to workout at home and was tired.

Friday evening I decided I would try running on the treadmill so before leaving I pumped both breasts and put on a Champion sports bra from Target that I used to love for running and still fits.

I started by walking for 3 minutes at 3.5 mph and then tried to run at 5 mph for 1 minute. Everything felt fine except for my chest! Holy hell it hurt. After hoping the pain would go away for 3 alternating 1 minute intervals, I changed my game plan. No one was in the cardio area of the gym and I knew there was only one solution if I wanted to keep running, use my own hands as bra reinforcement.

I’ve done this before, like this summer when my preggo hormones were raging. However, back then, the pain went away after a mile.I gave it 15 minutes and then hopped on an elliptical for 15 minutes because it just wasn’t getting better.

Treadmill Walking Intervals

This discomfort was going nowhere. I need some serious new bras. I asked for suggestions on Insta and here were the most popular suggestions:

  1. Moving Comfort Juno
  2. Panache Sports Bra
  3. Victoria’s Secret
  4. double up on bras!

The most popular answer was to double up but I think I’m going to invest in a Juno sports bra.I’ll try doubling up but it just sounds uncomfortable and a recipe for a clogged duct.

Juno Sports Bra

I have one from Moving Comfort but it’s not the Juno. I just bought one for $39.99 on sale to hopefully solve my problems. Also, who knew Brook’s owned Moving Comfort.  (not an affiliate link)

There were more suggestions if you are interested in checked them out over on my Instagram.

I did take a spin class at 8:30 am on Saturday with Stephanie at Recycle Studio. It was my first class where I could allow myself to push the intensity since getting pregnant. I loved it. It felt great to be able to give it my all. As you may know during pregnancy medical professionals encourage you to keep your heart rate low enough to carry on a conversation. This class was the first time since running the Boston Marathon literally I didn’t have to monitor it.

Sunday I was tired and although I had Nick home and could have gone to the gym, I opted to stay home with the family and enjoy the baby snuggles. Knowing my doctor’s appointment was on Monday would kick my motivation into high gear, I took advantage one last time of my pregnancy before operation – “Sarah Fit Get’s Fit Again.”

In addition to training for the half marathon May 1st, I’m hoping to do the SFit Gym workouts while Tommy is napping at home since most require zero equipment or very little like dumbbells or paper towels. Today’s workout if you are following along with the February Calendar is cardio or TGIS #10 but since I’m just joining in on the fun, I’m going to do SFit #10 which combines cardio and strength using just your body weight. Friday’s workout is SFit #2 and while I love the outfit I wore, it is one of the hardest workouts that I created without equipment yet it lasts just 14 minutes.

SFit 2

There are some Sumo X Jumps seen above that I’m not quite ready for, I don’t think… Now if only Tommy would stay asleep long enough for me to get in a solid workouts!

My new bra will be here on Thursday and I’m hoping to take a shot at running 3 miles this weekend.

Did you workout during your infants naps while home on maternity leave or did you incorporate them or just walk like my midwife suggested?

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