Getting your body back after having a baby!

After having our daughter a year ago we understand how difficult it can be to maintain a healthy lifestyle when you are in the throws of sleep deprivation with your little one…especially as our little one didn’t sleep for a year!!!
Although I stayed active and healthy through the whole of my pregnancy I ended up having an emergency c- section after a very long labour.
Although I tried to keep active after the operation I felt that I had lost all my core strength and that my fitness had gone down the pan, it’s surprising how quickly you loose it!
We definitely struggled over the first few months with the lack of sleep and adjusting to our new life as a little family but over time it did become easier and we managed to find time to include fitness back into our lives.
We started easy by taking walks as a family and after my 6 week check at the doctors and I’d had the all clear I reintroduced a workout routine at home. While our little girl napped I would roll out a mat, grab a few light weights and work out in my living room.
Having been quite fit before giving birth I really struggled with starting again from scratch, it was frustrating and I felt like I had such a long way to go to get my body back to how it used to be before and worried if it was even possible.
I had a noticeable “overhang” if you will above my caesarean scar and my stomach looked like someone else’s. It seamed almost impossible that I would ever have a “normal” looking stomach again and my confidence was shot but I had our beautiful baby girl keeping me busy and very happy.
Even though I had several blips along the way I knew that all I had to do was keep going and that eventually I would see the results I had been working so hard for.
I kept rolling that mat out whenever I had the chance and my husband Evan would also help me with mini personal training sessions in the living room with our baby right there- it was so much easier than going to the gym.
As my confidence grew I returned to teaching my classes and saw a difference within a few weeks of getting back to Zumba, my waist started to come back and my “overhang” was disappearing..yey!! Once I saw some change that was all the motivation I needed. I cleaned up my diet, took regular body composition tests to track my body fat percentage and made sure I committed that time each week to being active.
Now a year on I finally recognise my body as my own again, the “overhang” is gone, my skin has tightened and I have a waist back! I’m taking part in Tough Mudder in 5 weeks time which I keep calling Tough Mother and can now look back at how far I’ve come in a year and be proud of what I’ve achieved and hopefully show others that it’s possible too.
I’m not telling you it’s easy- it takes hard work and dedication but it is possible if you want it!
I didn’t do it in 3 months, it took me a whole year but I’m proud to say I’ve done it healthily, whilst breastfeeding and without compromising on enjoying my life as a new mum.
If you have just had a baby or feel you have never got your body back to how you wanted after childbirth please don’t hesitate to get in touch for any advice, I’d be more than happy to help.
The trick is to make it work for you, find a way that fitness can fit into your lifestyle and can be achievable.
To find out more about personal training home sessions or classes that you can bring your babies too get in touch via the contact us page and we’ll be more than happy to help!
It is possible and you can do it!!!

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