So let me tell you it already took a lot to embarrass me because I grew up with a mom that speaks her mind at any moment and doesn't apologize for it, she taught me to be unique, individual, and proud of who I am. This is the same person who also told me not to point out what I think are my faults because people only notice them when you point them out! But after giving birth to a room full of 10 people and having people around telling you how to breast feed and what feels like the whole world seeing your privates you lose ALL inhibitions. My first clue of this was when someone would asked me how it went and I noticed I might have made a few of them squirm and realized it was TMI either that or birth control for some of my friends. :-)
Truth #1 I gained 40 lbs during my pregnancy not the 25 - 35 that they recommend. But to be honest I'm not as freaked out about it as I thought I'd be. I lost 10 lbs of that the day I gave birth and another 10 lbs in the week after that. Now 6 weeks after I have about 16 lbs left to lose to get to my pre pregnancy weight and I am up for the challenge now that I can exercise!
Truth #2 it's not the weight gain you have to be worried about it's the fact that you have no ab muscles and there's all that extra flab around your belly. So that's the number one goal during my workouts... Yup you heard it right I'm not concentrating on getting a PR any time soon or on speed work at the track or placing at my next triathlon, just on getting those ab muscles back and tight. That's what will prevent me from getting into my pre pregnancy clothes even when I lose those last 16 lbs.
Truth #3 I cheated a little and the week before I got the ok to work out I ran 1.5 miles almost every day just to start testing myself. Now this week I'm doing some running and weight lifting and plan to start incorporating some spinning and swimming ASAP.
Sat. I went straight from my Dr. apt to the gym did 30 minutes on the elliptical and 45 minutes of lifting and ab work. Sunday got to busy and I had to skip my 1st workout!!! Today I got a 2 mile run in before hubs had to head to campus so hopefully when he gets home at 7 tonight I can run to the gym to do some weights. Yes, having a baby makes some of the simple things in life seem a lot more difficult to do, like sleep but it's true what they say it is so worth it. Just watching him smile or stretch as he's waking up makes me forget about everything I just mentioned above!! Yes, I've now become one of those moms.
Things I never thought I'd have to worry about when I worked out
Leaking, yes if you are breastfeeding you do have to worry about this when you work out
Feeling like your insides might fall out at some point during your work out!
Deciding to wear your maternity bathing suit when getting in the hot tub and realizing now that it's lose on you the jets will blow air into the most awkward places so you just hope the jets don't turn off until after you get out
Having to wear 2-3 sports bras when you work out so it doesn't hurt
Getting home in time to feed your baby
My dog is happy we are training for the 5k doggie dash and doesn't feel quite as neglected anymore. Ok she is pretty jealous that she doesn't get to come jump on our bed in the mornings anymore or sit on the couch between us if the little guy has her spot, but she's doing ok considering.