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Call me shallow, but I am itching to get this weight off. I started this pregnancy a little heavier than normal so I just am feeling really bad about myself. I have never been a skinny minnie but I am uncomfortable in my body now.<br><br>
How long did you all wait until working out, even lightly, if you did? Did anyone start "too soon" and have it backfire? Anyone feel they waited too long??
 

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I think you need to wait at least a month to give your body a chance to recover, your fluid levels to return to normal, your internal organs to shift back, your hormones to even out. I have known people that worked out religiously from two weeks pp, and they didn't really lose it any faster than people who waited.
 

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My son, my second homebirth, was born on a Sunday morning at home. He was a posterior presentation with a deflexed head. I delivered him after nine hours of labor. I felt great! Within twelve hours, I had hopped on the ten speed bicycle and rode down to the gym and did 40 minutes of aerobics and 20 minutes on the Lifecycle Level 6! I was on a postbirth high! I was a <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut">.<br><br>
I paid for it a few months later. I had terrible postpartum depression and it still took me a year to take off all of the weight. ...And I was pregnant again by then anyway.<br><br>
The lesson: take your time and rest - your baby comes first!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My son, my second homebirth, was born on a Sunday morning at home. He was a posterior presentation with a deflexed head. I delivered him after nine hours of labor. I felt great! Within twelve hours, I had hopped on the ten speed bicycle and rode down to the gym and did 40 minutes of aerobics and 20 minutes on the Lifecycle Level 6! I was on a postbirth high! I was a <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut">.</div>
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OMG! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yikes">: I too had a posterior baby, and 2 months later, I'm STILL terrified of my bike!! LOL<br><br>
I have yet to start exercising with any regularity(walks around the block, and that's about it so far). I am really starting to itch to get moving now though. Unfortunately, we're seeing 106+ degrees and the only thing I want to do is swim, but of course my suit doesn't fit! Ah well, time to invest in a gym membership, I guess.<br><br>
Good luck mama! Remember, it took you 9 mos to put the wt on, don't try to lose it too fast!
 

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i started walking right away and that worked out fine. i weight lifted and ran the entire pregnancy so i thought i could go back to light weights about 3wks PP, but I started to bleed again, so i had to back off.<br><br>
I resumed running about 6wks PP and the weight lifting after 8wks (when i had to go back to work). i would say if you have the energy, then walking would be great. good to get out of the house and keeps your head straight!<br><br>
but depending on your pre-pregnancy and pregnancy routine (i weight lifted until 2wks before i had dd and ran until 6wks before i delivered), go slower on anything else. when i started running again after 6 wks, i was fine, no bleeding. so just listen to your body and dont get overtired. you dont want to mess up the milk flow if you overdo it, but i think there is a lot of benefit to getting out and being active, within reason! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> oh- and remember to stay hydrated!
 

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I started my serious workout at 4 weeks pp..........and promptly started bleeding again. So i waited until 6ish weeks and things have been fine, i totally agree- i wanted to start moving and get in shape asap, nothing wrong with that in my opinion!!<br>
peace- maria
 
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