I completely expected my body to change drastically when I was pregnant, so I was pleasantly surprised when I barely gained 22 pounds throughout my pregnancy and lost the weight within 2-3 weeks postpartum. I’m pretty sure that’s because Blair was on the large side for a newborn at 8 pounds, 13 ounces – plus all of the extra weight that comes along with growing a baby (more fluid, etc.) – so when I had her, most of the weight disappeared.
|The BOB is a lifesaver for being able to run with a baby! Not at two weeks old (like the above picture), obviously. 😉
I will say that for the most part, I have the drive and desire to workout like I used to (7 days a week, sometimes more than once a day…a little on the extreme end, no?) but I just feel guilty taking away time I spend with Blair. I really need this time, though – I feel like a new person when I finish a workout! My goal is to get better about taking a little time for myself each day, even if that means balancing a short, 30-minute workout one day with a 90-minute yoga session another day.
Ultimately, getting fit post-baby is NOT as bad as people said it would be. My biggest issue was losing a lot of muscle tone, but that’s my fault for only focusing on cardio for most of my pregnancy! I was pretty slow when I first started running again, but I felt like I picked up a decent pace pretty quickly. If you’re expecting or just had a little one, don’t fret! You’ll hear over and over that your body ‘will never be the same’ – but that’s absolutely not true. If you’re willing to put in the work, and take that much-needed time for yourself, you can easily get your pre-baby body back. Oh yeah – and your arms will become toned just by carrying your baby(ies) around…especially the heavier they get! 😉