Recovery: 9 months in, 9 months out

This coming week my baby will be 9 months old. It seems incredible how quickly time has passed. It is also amazing how many changes my life experienced during a little more than a year since the moment I conceived. The arrival of a baby changes everything, from routines to feelings. Our female bodies are not left behind. They house, develop and grow a new person, they give life and in a few months they heal themselves. I have always heard that a baby needs 9 months to be ready for the birth and a woman needs at least 9 more months to recover. It takes more much more than 40 days and now that I have experienced it, I can tell it is true.

9 months pregnancy belly
My 9 months pregnant belly

My hormones and therefore my moods have begun to stabilize. My body has healed from the birth wounds and I have managed to establish a routine, which means being able to plan the days better as well as sleep better.

On the other hand, I felt motivated to recuperate my body. The truth is I never had the habit of exercising on a regular basis. I had only done it on one previous occasion when I prepared to climb the highest mountain of Costa Rica a few years ago. That first motivation lasted a little over a year and ended with a beautiful trip between mountains and clouds.

Now I had a new motivation. I am honest, for me it was traumatic to see my body the day after the birth: my bulging belly, stretch marks that I had not seen during pregnancy reached almost to my belly button and had a 10 centimeters long scar.

3 weeks after the birth
3 weeks after the birth

After the first 3 months, I had managed to lose the 28 pounds gained in pregnancy. Exclusive breastfeeding was very helpful but I still had a pregnancy belly. Finally, I asked my doctor if I could start exercising. The truth is I felt desperate, flaccid and even ugly. He responded positively and indicated to stay focused so I could determine any anoyances. I looked for options and although there were several gyms to choose from, my budget was a bit limited. So I started experimenting watching videos in Class Fit Sugar. That way, I found a coach with an online program.

I have been in this program for 5 months now. I exercise 4 or 5 times a week for 30 minutes. It is not easy, especially considering I have to follow and monitor my own progress.

 

3 aspects that helped me

1. Set goals
I wanted to reach my ideal weight, increase muscle mass and reduce the abdomen.

2. Find time
This is perhaps the most difficult part. The bigger my baby gets, the more demanding she is. Among the thousand things that I do in a daily basis, I try to leave a space in the routine to exercise every night, after putting the baby in bed. Yes, I’m the crazy woman sweating hard at 9 o’clock at night. Sometimes I feel very tired and I just want to sleep with her… there are days that I just do that. The rest of the time, I repeat to myself the phrase “no excuses” several times until I get up and put my tennis shoes on. What has helped me most is to think that if I was not exercising I would probably be stuck on Instagram or Facebook watching the time go by.

3. Persevere and wait for the results
I feel incredible. I started to see the results around 30 days after the start. My friends also began to notice them almost at the same time. 150 days later, the best result is internal. The endorphins released by my body make me a much happier person and I know those feelings are transmited to my baby. I guess looking good does not seem like a superficiality after all. I have also learned to love my scars. Sometimes I feel my body has actually rejuvenated after all this experience.

9 months after
9 months after

I’m still working on my goals and improving my technique. I am in a phase where I also want to begin to include my baby in my new fitness lifestyle and on the other hand, improve our diet, since pitifully that has always been my Achilles heel. In another 150 days there will be new results.

Baby and momma doing pilates
Next phase in our process
Baby and momma showing body progress
Happy for the progress so far!

Just last night, when I finished my routine, I read this inspirational phrase from my coach:

“Be there for others, but never leave yourself behind.” (Jeanette Jenkins from: The Hollywood Trainer Club )

Read also:

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Back to work

  3 comments for “Recovery: 9 months in, 9 months out

  1. July 13, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Oh my gosh! You look great! My youngest is almost two and this belly just will not go away! Thanks for this post though! It’s inspiring and lets others know that it can be done =). Your tips are also great! Setting goals is important because without it, I think I would just slack off. Good luck with the rest of your journey!

  2. July 13, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    This is so awesome and inspirational. You look great girl, can’t wait to see your progress posts!!!

  3. Britney
    July 17, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    You go mama! After my second child, I definitely needed more than 9 months to recover!

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