To kick off this little series, I'm going to tell you about the first time I exercised after having Nicholas.
A doctor will generally tell you to wait at least six weeks after you've had a c-section to begin exercising. I may have stretched that time frame out just a little bit. I didn't workout again until Nicholas was five months old. And by "again", I mean I worked out twice during my pregnancy and not at all before. So "again" might be a little generous.
I had recently discovered the wonders of Pinterest, especially for keeping myself awake at 3am. One morning while browsing, I found a short workout routine that looked interesting. I pinned it for later, thinking it would be a great way begin exercising "again."
The next day I was ready to try this little workout routine. I got Nicholas situated on the floor, I changed into some sweats, and put on some fun music. I was ready to get rid of that post-baby flab! I pulled the Pin up onto my computer, and looked over the routine.
10 high knees
20 jumping jacks
20 alternating lunges
I got my hair all up in a ponytail, took a swig from my water bottle, and began the exciting journey to lose my baby weight.
I got 10 high knees and 5 jumping jacks in before my middle section was in searing pain. I doubled over, panted from being pathetically out of breath, and sat on the floor next to Nicholas. And that was my first workout post baby.
Turns out high knees are not the way to start exercising after having a c-section. I hadn't really clued into that, but apparently my husband knew because you should have seen the look on his face when I told him what happened. I took a little break from that routine, and started up again...last week. (Nicholas is now 16 months old.) I'm lifting two pound weights and doing some push ups. Yeah, I'm pretty serious about getting back into shape.
So while I give all sorts of props to the mamas who start working out two weeks after their babies are born, don't be too hard on yourself if it takes you a little while. And definitely, definitely don't start with the high knees.