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Went back to they gym twice this week - hurray! Feels so good to be exercising again. Baby is 2 1/2 weeks old and I'm feeling great! Went to a weights class on wed and then to a yoga class today. Was really sore after the weights class - surprising since it's only been 2 weeks since I was there and I took it pretty easy too. But I figure I've mostly been sitting or lying down nursing for the past two weeks.
Hope I will get back in a somewhat regular exercise routine soon. 2 of my 4 kids start school in 2 weeks so I should have a little more free time to exercise.
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Old 08-08-2009, 10:42 AM
 
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I can't WAIT to exercise again!! Our gym drop off childcare doesn't take babies until 6 weeks (not that I'd feel comfortable putting him in there before that!). And my husband is out of town this week (ugh- alone with a 2,5 yr old and 2 week old). My midwife doesn't really want me exercising yet even though I didn't tear... but i think I'm going to go for run and see how I feel in a few days... and do some strength training at home. I can't wait to go to yoga again though!!!

Oh and CONGRATS veganmama- how long was your labor Mine was about 3 hours long (including prelabor contractions!) w/ 17 minutes of pushing.
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LindsayJean, my labour was 6.5 hours. Would have been about 45 minutes shorter but I got a bit paralyzed by the fear of my last labour and couldn't push for a while after I was fully dilated.
First labour was 47.5 hours with 1.5 hours of pushing.
Second labour was 17 hours with 2.5 hours of pushing.
I pushed for about 7 minutes this time.

I daren't post this elsewhere but I am having a freakishly quick recovery. I am 6 days PP and if it weren't for these damn hemorroids I would be very tempted to go for a run.

Bleeding has stopped and my uterus is back to it's pre-PG size. Must have been all the RRL tea i drank while pregnant.

So my tummy is relatively flat! I could wear my bikini and not be embarassed.

I have lost 18 lbs and am 12 lbs above my pre-PG weight.

And I am 42. Honestly, it's a bit weird.

I do however, have hemorroids from hell.

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VM! It's so great to hear that you're recovering well. I'm more than 4 weeks PP and I am still bleeding a bit on and off. I've been working out, though, and I feel GREAT. It is so nice to workout with some intensity.

My labor was just 6 hours with an hour of pushing. I wouldn't have torn were it not for the baby holding his hand to his face as he came out

I know VM and Lindsay were also planning to use hypnobabies.. how did you find it? I really found it so helpful. I'm sure my labor was quick because I was so relaxed. The nurse didnt believe me when I said I thought I was ready to push as I was so relaxed. I found pushing to be the most difficult thing.. I don't think I knew what to expect...

I really feel as though staying in shape through the pregnancy has made it possible to be so active now.

Should we start an exercise thread anywhere else? I'd like the support to keep moving... with the challenges of trying to find the time! My DH has been good about making it possible for me to get a bike ride in or a trip to the gym. Our gym takes babies at 3 months so it's still a challenge...

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we should totally start a thread somewhere!! I love talking to you ladies about this. hypnobabies really I think helped me not freak out during my super short intense labor. I felt a LOT of intensity, but no real pain.

VM, that rocks that you are feeling so great! Everyone says it looks like I didn't have a baby... so that feels nice! No bikini for me yet though, lol, too many stretch marks!! My skin is still rather floppy, but my uterus is down. I drank a TON of RRL, so that must be it, yay!

zub- our gym takes babies at 6 weeks... I can NOT WAIT. My DH is out of town this week, maybe I'll see if my mom will watch the kids and go jogging... it sure will feel weird w/o a belly!

i'm so bored without DH home! gah! The kids are both sooooo cranky- they must sense my sadness about it. The day after our 5 yr anniversary too!
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Oh Lindsay, that sucks that DH is not home! Mine is grumpy, he doesn't handle sleep deprivation well, but I still am glad he is here!

Unfortunately Hypnobabies did not work for me. That was absolutely the most pain I have ever been in in my life, including my 2 other births where I did not use Hypnobabies. I would take the 47.5 hour labour again over the 6.5 hour one hands down.

I would definitely be up for a continuing exercise thread.

I am so freaked (in a good way) about not looking like I jus thad a baby. Must be the RRL tea shrinking the uterus back to it's regular size so quickly. I bled for 5 weeks with the other 2. My uterus was already back to it' snormal size yesterday at 5 days PP>

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150 crunches a day since 3 days PP. And some push ups. Other than that, just walking so far.
Declan is 8 days old.

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Good going, VM! I have done very little core work yet... I don't know why I'm putting it off. I did do 7 miles on the elliptical this morning, though, and DH came home early last night so I could get out on my bike.

I don't know how I managed it, but I didn't get any stretch marks!! I have some loose skin, but hopefully that will go down. The biggest thing is my HUGE HUGE chest. Jeez Louise, I feel like a porn star! I can't say it makes exercising comfortable, and I dont feel very athletic

How's everyone's sleep? Rafi is sleeping around 5-6 hours a night. We co-sleep, but he doesn't like nursing in bed. so Ive gotten into the routine of getting up with him around 3:30am, nursing him, and then, at 4:30am getting DH up so I can head to the gym for 5am. Of course this doesn't workout too often!

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zub- omg- my husband says that my boobs are invading my collarbones HAHA. They've gone down a BIT since my milk came in, but I have such an oversupply that they are always pretty stinking FULL. I wonder if fake boobs feel like rocks like mine do when they're full LOL.

Woo for no stretch marks- luckily mine are pretty silvery- I don't get those huge red gouged out looking ones. But I guess it's kind of a genetic thing- my mom got stretch marks, and I have em too.

As far as core work, make sure you don't have any more than a finger width (or maybe two) or separation in your abs before doing crunches, or you can really mess with things. Core work is fine, but crunches specifically aren't going to help until those abs get pulled together enough. VM I'm sure you knew that and I'm sure your abs didn't separate that much with how fit you stayed. Just sayin' for anyone else reading this.

I *still* have not gotten to go running like I want to. Being alone with a 2.5 yr old and newborn makes it pretty challenging. Maybe when my mom gets home from work tonight she'll watch them so I can go. And she said she'd watch them while I go to the gym tomorrow. *YAY*

I am soooooo ready to get my husband home and get into some sort of routine. I feel like as soon as I recover from having the baby he had to leave me. Yuck.

OH, guess what? I am thinking about starting a program the end of September to get certified to be a yoga instructor. I teach a bunch of exercise classes and have my bachelors degree in Ex. Phys, but I have gotten SO into yoga, I would just love to teach it, especially since I don't really want to work as much as I did when I was personal training. I'm excited about the possibility... just have to figure out if it'd work!
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Lindsay, I have no idea how big my separation is. What are some good safe core exercises?

My boobs have gone from a 34B to a 34C (pregnant) to a freaking 34F!!!!

I have lost 19 pf my 30 lb weight gain at 11 days PP. Not trying to lose weight at this point.

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Lindsay, I am totally in awe that you're looking after a toddler and a newborn and your DH is away!! Oh my, you are a brave woman. I don't know how you're doing it!

The yoga teaching sounds wonderful. Would you do any prenatal yoga, do you think? I must be better at doing some practice...

Oh, VM, I hear you on the chest size! I feel pretty uncomfortable. I don't even know my siize right now as I'm too frightened to see the awful truth. I'm still wearing one of those expandable Bravado bras. I can at least still fit into my 36DD sports bras I bought when pregnant. I think my rib cage has decreased back to a 34 but my cup size... oh mercy!

I don't think I have much separation, but I'm going to ask the trainer at the gym to check.

Well I started writing this about 12 hours ago and realized I didn't send it!!!

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I just weighed myself for the first time the other day (we don't own a scale at home) and I am 3lbs above pe-pregnant weight- 116. I'm not trying to loose at all... if anything I need to gain some of the muscle I feel like I lost.

oh.... toddler screaming about something, more later!
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nak

down another lb today. trying to eat more....

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Ballet class started up this for the season last night, so I'm back at it. I can balance again and it's so much easier not being pregnant. I thought I'd be so sore with the time off, but maybe it's so much easier without 30 extra pounds that I'm not tired. I lost all weight but seven within the first week or so. Now, I still have five pounds to go, but I haven't been working out for the past two weeks because I've been very busy. Now that project is done and I want to get back out.

I have something weird though, my uterus feels so tight or my ovaries or something. I can't run. It hurts to sit up. Any thoughts? I'm going to the doctor tomorrow for my six week check up. Most other movement I don't really notice it, but I want to run again. I'd like to do sit ups and push ups again too.
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I have no idea how much weight I've lost as we don't have a scale. I suspect that I'm a few pounds above pre-pregnancy. I didn't gain much, but, like you, Lindsay, I think I have lost a bit of muscle mass. I think I'm already building up some muscle mass in my legs as trousers are feeling a little tighter in the leg.

curious - how did it go at the dr's?

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i have lost 21 lbs and have 9 left to go at 18 days PP. At least 3 of those are in my gargantan boobs though.

It is 3 weeks yesterday since I worked out. I have been doing abs and pushups and walking a lot.

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curious - how did it go at the dr's?
I guess it's good news- nothing's wrong, just normal post birth pain. They said it's similar to round ligament pain and it'll go away as I keep exercising. I hadn't been exercising because I was afraid something was wrong and I didn't want to mess anything up, but I'm happy to know that I'm cleared for all exercise including the sit ups that I want to do.
I'm very tender inside, painful too. For that they said to rub vitamin e oil inside a few times a day. It hurt a bunch when they did an exam with just a finger. I cannot imagine dtd. Poor hubby. It's seven weeks postpartum now and I'm pretty sure we did not do anything the month prior.
So, I'll be getting back outside and exercising, hopefully feeling all better in no time.
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I've only been able to go to the gym once (last week) to do cardio but it was soooo good to get some exercise. I've arranged with my DH to help me get to yoga class every Fri evening because I need some serious stretching and relaxation. He'll watch the baby and I'll take our DD to gym childcare.

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I am thinking about trying to run tonight. 3w2d PP.

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Just went for my first PP run at 4w1d and it was fine. 5K albeit a bit slower than usual!

I am going to take a belly dancing class i think. There is one at night not that far from me. I have heard it is great for yur core and PC muscles.

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I've been going to intermediate yoga every Friday evening and it's been great. I've lost a lot of strength in my arms and my legs are much less flexible, but I'm OK with working my body back into shape over time. I wish I could work out more often but it's just not fitting into our schedules right now. I hope to change that soon.

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Lindsay, I have no idea how big my separation is. What are some good safe core exercises?

My boobs have gone from a 34B to a 34C (pregnant) to a freaking 34F!!!!
I'm thoroughly enjoying being a 36D right now. I'm normally a 36B so it's nice to finally have some cleavage! I'm definitely bigger with this 2nd nursing adventure than the first.

I'm seeing a chiropractor right now and all the docs in the practice specialize in helping patients with safe core exercise. Basically, whatever a young baby does to learn to roll over is the best exercise for your adult core muscles. So watch your growing babies as they lie on their backs, tighten up their cores, and pull their bent legs up. Then watch as they use their legs to initiate rolling over. Those are the (repetitive) movements that are safest for your back.

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Thanks Kristin! I have been staying away from traditional crunches and doing some pilates stuff instead.

Ran 5k again this morning.

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have been running 5K every other day since 4 w pp, will be 6w pp tomorrow.......

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I've been working out often, I started with swimming 3-4 days/wk (started with 15mins, worked up to 30mins, now doing about 2400 yards--about 50mins), then strength training 3-4 days/wk--keeping this relatively light, and I'm trying to get in the swing of biking and running right now...I'm not past the "hump" yet where it becomes habit and really even enjoyable (I'm loving the swimming after hating it the first couple weeks). I've been exercising regularly since I went back to school 4 weeks ago (11wks postpartum right now) and it just feels sooooo good and I'm so much happier!
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