Monday, 28 July 2014

Mummy Monday: Fitness after Pregnancy and Birth

I'm just at the beginning of my fitness after pregnancy journey but already I can tell it's not going to be particularly easy!

I don't weigh myself so I'm not sure how much weight I put on during pregnancy but I do know that my clothes definitely don't fit the way I want them to at the moment. I think my main goal is to just tone up all over and get rid of the post pregnancy mum tum!

I tried to keep active during pregnancy. I did pilates for the first few months and then as much swimming and walking that I could manage towards the end of pregnancy. Obviously straight after you give birth there is nothing further from your mind than exercising again. You already feel like your body has been through a marathon and you hurt all over! After a few weeks though I found myself raring to start exercising again (even with all the sleep deprivation!) but you are advised to wait until after your 6 month check with your GP before embarking on any fitness regime...


My hospital did give me information on exercises I should be doing for my back, abdominal muscles and pelvic floor muscles straight after birth so I tried to do them as much as possible in the first few weeks after pregnancy.

They included:
  • The good, old pelvic floor muscles that we should all (being women!) know how to do
  • An exercise where you lay on your back and squeeze your bum muscles together and hold in your tummy muscles
  • A very light version of sit ups
Check out these very bad photos of what I was given by the hospital. The flatulence part cracked me up!





I've now signed up to a gym that is within a leisure centre and got a great deal on a membership that includes use of the gym, unlimited exercise classes and swimming. I can also take Isla swimming as much as I want for free, bargains!

They set you up on a kinetica programme where you meet with personal trainers for 5 different appointments. They start with a consultation then move onto a tailor made fitness programme, a few motivational appointments and finally a results appointment where they measure you to see what results you've achieved.

In my consultation appointment I basically said I wanted to increase my fitness levels again, lose weight from my tummy and tone up all over. The fitness programme I'm on at the moment as a starting point is:

1. 15 mins rowing, set at a certain level and I have to do 400 metres at a time with a 30 second rest in-between. Each time I'm supposed to beat the time I did before
2. 20 reps on a leg press machine starting at 40kgs then 50kgs
3. 20 reps on chest press at 15kgs
4. 20 reps on a machine that works your back, chest and arm muscles (totally can't remember it's name!!)
5. 20 mins running at variable speeds
6. 15 mins on the cross trainer at variable speeds
7. 2x 30 second abdominal planks
8. Cool down!

I'm supposed to go three times a week and I've been told that I should be able to increase the times I'm doing and weights I'm using relatively quickly as my fitness levels increase again. The gym does have a creche facility but it's only on certain days a week and at certain times so I'm usually having to go in the evening which I'm not used to. I used to go in the morning when I was at work. Much easier to get motivated to go then.

We shall see! I'll keep you updated on my progress :)


17 comments :

  1. Good luck. I have 3 under 5 so a gym is out for my but I've been using a DVD at home & lost 9lbs in 2 weeks combined with healthier eating x #mummymonday

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    1. 3 under 5, wow!! Well done you :) I don't think you need any exercise with running around after your little ones! I was debating a ballet fitness DVD to use when I can't get to the gym and I is napping, we shall see. Thanks for the comment xx

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  2. good luck with it i am dreading getting back into shape after pregnancy as i have gained so much weight and feel so unfit you are more dedicated then me as i doubt i will sign up to a gym im too lazy. swimming with isla sounds fab she is gorgeous xx #mummymonday

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    1. Don't put yourself down!! You'll be fine. Half the battle is getting your mind into it haha :) Aww thank you! Thanks for commenting :) xx

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  3. The best thing I found was to out baby in the buggy everyday and go walking, really helped me, I've never been to a gym, scary places lol best of luck

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    1. I love walking with the buggy but as we've moved to a new area I don't like very much, I have to drive to get to nice areas to walk in which is a faff sometimes with the buggy. I do try to walk as much as possible as it does Isla the world of good too. Fresh air = nap time! Thanks for commenting xx

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  4. Good for you, I hope you enjoy getting back into exercise. It can be so hard to find the time these days! :) #mummymondays xx

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    1. It's definitely the time issue that's the worst! I'm trying to make the most of husband being on leave for 3 weeks and able to look after I :) xx

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  5. After 3 babies in 3 years i started slimming world in April, lost 1 stone 3.5 lbs so far, i do need to start an excercise of some kind though, im thinknig maybe a class a week once this weather has cooled down!! X

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    1. Wooooow 3 babies in 3 years - that's amazing! Go you :) and losing over a stone! *round of applause*!! Thanks for commenting xx

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  6. Good luck with this. Your gym sounds really good. I mainly go walking with the buggy or with Little Miss in the wrap and do exercise DVDs. Sadly, I am hopeless at eating healthily. I LOVE cake far too much. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    1. Cake is always good! Nobody can resist cake :) thanks for commenting! xx

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  7. Well done! I'm attempting to hear myself up for some sort of fitness regime to tone up 8 weeks after giving birth. Not sure I have your dedication though! x

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    1. You'll be fine! Mind over matter :) Although you've got plenty time, just take it at your own pace petal! Thanks for commenting xx

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  8. Good luck :) That's great that your hospital gave you so much information after the birth. I had an emergency C-section and had no info whatsoever! I'd also suffered from pelvic problems during the pregnancy and it took a long time to sort my back out. I'm determined to prioritise looking after myself this time round once I've got the go ahead. I've seen a baby sling swing exercise class in my area that looks like it could be fun and a good way to fit exercising in with a baby - as that's never easy! #mummymonday

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    1. I know, it was great having that much info. I was quite pleasantly surprised. Wow that's bad they didn't give you any info after an emergency c-secion, that's crazy! Oooh baby sling swing sounds fab, never heard of that before! Thanks for commenting :) xx

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  9. Good luck lovely :) I hate gyms so never went although I did start running which I found fantastic and really got me back into shape. I also found pushing a huge double buggy around for most of the day helped ;) I'm loving that the Hospital gave you some information though...mine gave me nothing like that and I really could have done with it x

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