So, I’m now 35 weeks into this pregnancy and I can finally sort of see a finish line in the distance. There is some baby preparation (and birth center bag packing) to be done still but I am already excitedly planning my fitness regimen for after this baby is on the outside of me.
Is that wrong? I don’t think so. Is it selfish and vain? Maybe a little but here’s why I get a little giddy just thinking about postpartum workouts.
I am so far from being one of those fitness warrior types, pregorexics, or mothers who attempt to lose all their baby weight in a month. I’ve stayed reasonably active (walking, yoga, dancing, swimming, etc) throughout this pregnancy and only really slowed down lately because of the effect this extreme Texas summer heat has on me.
The fact that in the near future, I will no longer be pregnant but a mom to 2 boys excites me. Fond memories of my past postpartum workouts also excites me.
In 2007, after I had my first son, I was settling into my new role as “mommy” and in no hurry to really lose the baby weight. Well, not hurried enough to actually take any action until 5 months–a reasonable time frame since I was given the go-ahead after 6 weeks. Some friend in my mom’s group had signed up for an intense boot camp and I decided to join them…..3 days a week at 5:30am. My husband (who knows me very well) was shocked because it was so out of character for me but it was 5 minutes away and I only had to leave the baby for a little over an hour (when he was normally sleeping).
The effects of this workout were profound for me. It was my “me” time, gave me energy, and made me feel SO accomplished. The endorphins were amazing as well. I definitely had a love/hate with the intense sessions but I kept going back for more even after I could fit into all of my pre-pregnancy clothes.
Something about that boot camp and taking that time for myself just helped me get my mojo back–mojo that I hadn’t even realized was missing. I also had motivation that was never there before.
I’m sure many women take many different paths to feeling strong and confident in motherhood but that was mine and I hope to experience (or build off of) it again in a few months after I deliver this little bundle of joy. Hopefully I’ll “get my body back” and a whole lot more.
Have you thought about how you’ll get in shape (mind, body, spirit) postpartum?