Postpartum Body

Many moms-to-be don’t stick to their regular workout routines during pregnancy. If you’re one of those, like myself, don’t be so hard on yourself. Your body was created for an amazing journey, be proud of all you are and all of the stories your marks and scars may tell.

I started to ween myself away from my daily workouts to every other day to weekly to nothing at all. After I got sick at 35 weeks, yes your reading this correctly, I caught a nasty cold when I was 35 weeks pregnant, I totally gave up on working out.  And by working out, I mean slowly walking on the treadmill and yoga stretches. Hey, I tried!

Of course our bodies are different during pregnancy, but what about after the baby?

As a first time mom, my postpartum body ideas were, looking back now, naive. They were driven by total glamification from the media and even among fellow moms. So let’s be realistic here, you’re not just going to deliver your baby and poof, your back to your old self. This became clear to me after the cesarean delivery of my son.

I knew it would take time, what I didn’t know was how much time. I am now almost 17 weeks postpartum and I am still nowhere close to where I want to be (maybe I shouldn’t have eaten so many damn McDonald’s fries). Ever heard of diastasis recti? It’s the separation of the abdominal muscles, often resulting in the appearance of what’s dismissively called a “mommy tummy,” or “pooch,” or just plain flab. Ladies, lets face it, we may never be the same and that’s okay!

I recently came across a great YouTube channel for postpartum workouts and workouts with your baby. They definitely help keep me on track to achieving my goal weight and body. Check them out here


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Rachel Nardi-Brettman

Rachel is a wife and mother of two who lives in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. She gave up her job in the corporate world to be a stay at home mom full time and raise her family. Some of her hobbies and passions include baking, gardening, and all things DIY. Rachel was diagnosed with Celiac Disease when she was 21. She loves to share gluten free baking tips and recipes for others who suffer from similar allergies. She started blogging when her son, Parker, was born. Her daughter, London, was born with some complications and had a brief visit to the NICU. Some of the topics she enjoys writing about include the difficulties of having 2 kids under 2, the stress and effects the NICU has on mothers, and the ups and downs of her breastfeeding journey.

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