Last updated on May 30th, 2018 at 02:28 pm
Get inside my head this week as I share what it really feels like to run after having a baby.
My baby boy is already 2 months. It’s very difficult to figure out where time has gone. As they say, the days are long, but the years are short. I’m trying very hard to live in the moment and really capture the beauty of raising a baby.
Alas, this post isn’t about babies, but about running after having babies. If you are not a runner, well, this post probably won’t interest you. But if you are a mother who runs or plan to be, then you might relate!
At my 6 weeks postnatal appointment, my obstetrician okayed me for running and exercise as long as I didn’t do any abdominal crunches for another six weeks.
Excited at the chance of building a strong body again, I didn’t waste time. I started with yoga, workout videos (minus any of the abs stuff) and yes, running. Yay! Afterall, I have Iron Girl Grimsby 2018 to train for in just over 3 months.
The postpartum period can be a roller coaster of emotions for new moms. When you decide to get back to running, your thoughts will run a gamut of emotions too. Here is some insight on how it really feels like to run after having a baby.
What it really feels like to run after having a baby: You’ll feel guilty.
You left your baby behind and you feel guilty. However, you must remember, you left your baby with someone you trust, most probably your husband. And let me assure you, he’s quite qualified to care for his offspring. It’s good for them to bond together while mommy isn’t hovering (Admit it, especially if you are a first time-mom, you’re probably hovering, just a bit?).
Also, your husband knows how important running is for your mind and body.
My tip for this?
Just get over it! You’ll be a better mom for having some time for yourself. You’ll feel more relaxed and you’ll run off the crazy (you know, those postpartum ups and down).
What it really feels like to run after having a baby: You’ll feel slow and heavy.
You just had a baby, and if you listened to your doctor and you waited till he cleared you to run (about 6 weeks) As soon as you were cleared you were out there pounding the pavement, and boy or boy, it really feels like you are pounding that pavement. You feel like you’re running through molasses. You are still carrying the extra pregnancy weight and it’s slowing you down. Let’s face it, you won’t be beating any personal records anytime soon.
My tip for this?
Allow your body time to heal. It took 9 months to create that adorable baby of yours. It will take as much time for it to come off. The fact is, you are out there trying to get fit and healthy so concentrate on that and stay positive.
For your first few runs, start with a run/walk combination until you can run a full 5 km. Celebrate your wins, no matter how small. Sign up for a goal race, that way you have the motivation to keep up with running and training.
What it really feels like to run after having a baby: You will feel fat.
This point does relate to the one above. You are carrying a few extra pounds and your favourite running tights might feel snug and that elastic waistband is digging in your skin, creating an unsightly muffin top. Urgh!
My tip for this?
It will take time. Don’t give up. Run after run, that waistband will feel looser and your body confidence will return. I’ve been through this with my first son. I managed to return to my pre-baby size. It took about a year, but I did it. You got this! Just keep running girl!
What it really feels like to run after having a baby: You will feel free.
It won’t be just negative thoughts ruling your mind, you’ll have positive ones too! You might feel exhilarated at being free. You have two free arms to swing from side to side. I think mom’s of small babies will totally understand what I mean. It’s such a great excuse to have some time to yourself. Enjoy it!
What it really feels like to run after having a baby: You will feel happy and relaxed.
Running and exercise releases endorphins, those happy hormones. So if you are feeling those postpartum blues, here is a good reason to exercise. It doesn’t have to be running (that’s just my favorite form of exercise). Do what’s within your capacity; yoga, workout videos, or hit the gym!. You’ll feel better and you might have a different outlook too!
So there you have it! The truth about running after having a baby! Tell me (in the comments section below), how did you feel after having a baby? Can you relate to any of this? I’d like to hear about how you overcame some of your challenges, leave your tips!