First things first: getting the ok from your doctor is the first step. I am not a doctor, so please please please talk to your doctor before starting any workout program! Secondly, everyone’s journey is unique. Make sure that you trust your gut and listen to your body as you walk through your postpartum season! This is simply my story and what is working for me. 🙂
My doctor gave me the “go” on working out at my 6 week postpartum appointment. Even though I had a c-section delivery (you can read our birth story here), I am so grateful to have had a great and fairly quick recovery. By 6 weeks pp, I was very much ready to get back into working out and eating healthy!
Getting back in shape after baby can start before 6 weeks postpartum!
If you’re able to, there are things you can do before 6 weeks postpartum (or whenever you get the ok from your doctor to workout again) to get back in shape after baby. Light walking and eating healthy are a great way to get a head start! I’ve also found that drinking TONS of water helps a lot.
I tried to walk 3 times a week (just a light stroll through our neighborhood) and started eating the healthy freezer meals I had prepared before we had the baby. This helped me a lot, not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally!
Find a great workout program.
When it comes to postpartum fitness, there are a lot of directions to take. There are several plans out there and I even have my own plan (A Month Of Healthy Eats For The Busy Girl) that I could have followed. While I will be following the food portion of my plan, I wanted to find a fitness plan that would ease me back into working out and getting in shape. After lots of research, I decided to try out the Glow Body PT Post Pregnancy Plan!
This plan is a 12-week program that walks you through getting back in shape after baby with a focus on healing diastasis recti and strengthening ab muscles/pelvic floor. To be honest, I don’t even have words to describe how much I love this plan! With the research I’ve done on other plans, this one is truly my favorite. Here’s what I love about it:
- It’s safe! It starts you out slowly and works you up to getting back in shape. The pace is PERFECT (at least for me, anyway). Not too tough, but still very challenging.
- It gets to the point. The workouts are short and very efficient!
- There are workout videos AND printables. Personally, I’m a big fan of following along on video, so this is pretty great!
- It’s 100% breastfeeding supportive.
- The focus on abdominal strength is wonderful!
- Ashley is very real and so supportive of any stage of motherhood you may be in!
Y’all, I can’t say enough about this amazing plan! If you’re looking for a wonderful post pregnancy plan (whether you just had a baby or not!), Glow Body PT Post Pregnancy Plan is truly the best one in my opinion. 🙂
So far I am about 4 weeks into the plan and have already seen great results. I’ll keep you guys posted on how it’s going and will definitely share my results with you when I’m done!
Mommas: What has helped you get back in shape after baby? I’d love to know in the comments below!
Big shoutout to Ashley from Glow Body PT for making this post possible! Please note that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. These are products that I know, trust, and love!