As I write this I look back at this past year and think to myself-‘Where did the year go?’ Which usually happens after having a baby. They grow so fast in the first year if you blink twice you miss a step or a word.
But my message today isn’t about my one year old though. It’s to all the new mom’s out there.
We need to stop comparing ourselves to our pre-baby selves or super fit internet fitness models one month after birth. Know that it’s okay if our bodies change. We grew a tiny human, they are bound to.
We need to stop being so down on ourselves for not being in tip top shape right after birth. We’ve had so much happen it’s impossible. Some of us are able to begin workouts right after we are medically cleared to do so, others still don’t feel quite up for it after 6 weeks maybe more. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t up for much more than a short walk at 6 weeks. Sleep deprived and still healing, that’s all I could muster up the energy for. And you know what, I tried my best to not feel guilty about it. I knew at some point I’d get there again.- plus I was just too exhausted to care.
I’ll also say I still don’t get in the amount of exercise I’d like to. I do try to eat as well as possible because it is easier for me to control that right now. I exercise as I can. I do jumping jacks and quick workouts throughout the day to simply move more.
20 lunges (10each leg)
15 tricep dips
15 seated crunches
I’ll try and get this in a few times a day. It only takes a few minutes and at least gets my blood flowing to wake me up a bit. As I can I try to get in walks or runs, lift weights at home, do HIIT workouts or yoga.
But I’ve decided to not beat myself up if I miss a workout. Sometimes I want to spend time with my family instead. I remind myself that my son will only be this little for a short time.
I’ve also noticed that if I try and do workouts that are too intense my supply will drop, so I have to watch that. I also have trouble with TMJ disorder flare ups if I overdo it. But these topics could be different posts in themselves.
I will say I worked hard to stay active and did not completely over indulge in cravings all the time while pregnant. I do feel like I’ve made progress over the year. I’m about 6 lbs from my pregnancy weight.
All of this said, I haven’t thrown in the hat when it comes to fitness. It’s still a passion of mine in wellness. One day I will get in more regular workouts again. But I’ve accepted that right now I have other priorities. One of them being under 3ft tall.
So as you join the mama tribe and create your new life with your little one, embrace change. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Do things as you can. Step away from the tiny fitness models on Insta.
I do understand everyone is different. Some have more to lose than I did. My message isn’t to just be lazy and eat junk food. Taking care of ourselves should still be a priority. My message is just to be less harsh. Stop comparing ourselves and thinking we aren’t thin or pretty enough. We have enough to deal with due to all the hormone changes and caring for a new tiny human.