Working Out Post C-Section…

I just recently had a baby, a little healthy baby boy (well, little…not so much! 9lbs 2oz!!), and I delivered my son by c-section. Even though I went in to labor without a plan, because so many things can change during the many hours of labor, I did want to go as natural as possible. Unfortunately, in my situation, this little guy wasn’t going to join us in this world through a natural delivery. I also knew with c-sections come longer recovery times, which meant putting working out on the back burner for quite some time. My doctor was convinced that I would be able to start working out again within 2 weeks of having my c-section. I’ve always heard it takes 6 to 8 weeks! I knew he was just trying to please me and only telling me what I wanted to hear right before being wheeled in to an operating room to have my child pulled out of my abdomen. But, I figured he has been doing this for 25 years and he knows the extent and importance of my working out that he must have a reason for saying I can workout within 2 weeks.

Recovery was awful, dreadful, frustrating, debilitating, stressful, and just flat out terrible! I couldn’t move at all and had no control over my left leg for days (which stems from the terrible back labor I was in for 10 hours with no meds). I really didn’t see an end in sight and was so grateful my husband was home to help. There is no way I could have taken care of my baby without his help. I also had realized that the doctor did lie to me about getting back into a workout routine within 2 weeks. I couldn’t see it happening.

Ten days after my c-section there was a complete and total change and I was itching to get down into the gym and workout. I wanted to wait for my first doctor’s visit before doing so, so I started off by taking the baby for 30 minute power walks for a few days. A few days later I threw in some light lifting workouts (50% of the weight I normally use). At three weeks I went in for my first visit and the doctor cleared me to do my normal workouts, only stopping if I feel pain. Whoohoo!!! I was downstairs in the gym that night and I have been getting in an hour workout every night since!

My workouts will be a little different for the first few months than what I normally do. I’m looking to shed some belly weight and firm up, but I don’t have an abundance of time to do so. I’ll be incorporating some cardio & weight training circuits that move quickly from one exercise to the next in order to burn fat quicker and keep my heart rate up. Here is what I did the first night.

25 minutes of cardio on the elliptical (Be creative if you do not have equipment…run stairs in your house, jumping jacks, an aerobics DVD, burpees, jump rope, running in place)
20 wall balls (No medicine ball or space? Perform squats with a military press in place of the ball throw)
20 kettlebell swings (Use a dumbbell in place of a kettlebell)
20 push-ups
20 bicep curl/military presses
20 walking lunges (with weight)

Run through this 3x’s

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