Last Monday, Maria turned one month – a milestone for her, but also for me it feels like I’m gradually landing back on planet earth. And so I have also started thinking about starting to run and build up my fitness again.
Before giving birth, I had some ideas about how I was going to get back in shape postpartum, including how to tackle the challenges I thought I would encounter. Soon after Maria was born, I realised I wouldn’t stick to a rigid workout scheme for the weeks (or months?) to come, though I started going for walks with Maria in the sling when she was four days old.
Initially, I felt my recovery was going to take longer than I had expected and hoped for. My pelvic floor muscles felt rather weak, especially when carrying Maria in the sling.
Looking back one month later, I am actually quite happy how fast my recovery has been so far. The walks I took gradually got longer, and I am sleeping less during the day. Also, while I certainly get less sleep these days, I don’t feel that sleep deprived. Maria is sleeping very well at night!
Since my family arrived in Hamilton I’ve been walking even more! Various times we walked for about 6 to 8 kilometres. Last weekend we rented a car and drove to the Karangahake Gorge on Saturday and Mount Maunganui (next to Tauranga) on Sunday. We did some very nice hikes (including climbing the mount) there, and I carried Maria in the sling. It went very well, and the thought of starting to run again even popped into my mind!
So, although I am not following any schedule or doing any formal exercise, I feel I am already in a good shape. Two weeks after Maria was born I was already back at my old weight (perhaps even before, but I don’t have a scale at home) and able to wear my pre-pregnancy clothes.
For the weeks to come, I hope to continue walking regularly with my parents and Maria (let’s hope the weather allows us to). I will definitely wait to start running again until after my parents leave (about two weeks from now) and see how I feel by then. I don’t want to begin too fast and end up with an injury. Perhaps I will do some gentle exercise at home as well in the weeks to come.