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Postpartum Exercise Part 1: Checklist

It has been six weeks since I delivered our 2nd baby and with the okay from my doctor it is now time to start exercising again. But where to start? With the birth of our first baby I jumped right back into running as soon as possible. I was able to get back into shape fairly fast, but a couple months later I ended up with some lower back problems that put me out for months. My conclusion is that I came back too fast. While my cardiovascular system may have been ready to handle the pounding and the mileage, my core was not. I had not sufficiently strengthened my abs, hips, and back after giving birth. I am determined to do it right this time and although I’m not 100% sure I’ve got it all figured out I think I’ve got some good ideas to start from. Anywho, I thought I would share my “comeback” experience in hopes that it will benefit other mothers out there trying to find their legs again.

Checklist to get started:

1. Single/Double Jogger…check!
2. New Workout Shoes (not mandatory, but I want to know that I’ve eliminated shoes as the source of the problem if injuries pop up)…check!
4. Yoga DVD’s (I would recommend the Baron Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga)…check!
3. Training Plan…check!
4. Communication with husband on when workout time will take place :-) …check!

by Janae Richardson – Runner | Coach

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 at 8:34 am and is filed under Expert Answers, Training, Utah Running. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

One response to “Postpartum Exercise Part 1: Checklist”

  1. Janelle says:

    You’re so awesome! Love that you are keeping us posted and love that I’ll be able to apply all this wisdom next year when I’m in the same boat…ahh the joys of babies :)

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