How Soon Did You Exercise After Giving Birth?


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Paula Radcliffe, Baby Mama to a 22-month-old, won the New York City marathon today for the third time. I've been obsessed with her since she won it last year. I was 8 months pregnant and not running or doing much of anything, when I heard the background story to her win. Paula trained for the marathon throughout her pregnancy. She ran the day before she gave birth—and the day after. Then she managed to run every day after that with a newborn, and won the New York Marathon nine months later. That's pretty impressive. I didn't have the energy never mind the time to run or do any sort of exercise until about 4 months after my baby was born.

Today, Paula crossed the finished line and, just as she did last year, scooped her daughter Isla up in her arms before waving to the crowd. What a thrill! Congratulations Paula!

Did you exercise while you were pregnant? How soon after you had your baby did you pick it up again?



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edwin... edwinasmom

Hubby and I walked daily, and we still do.  It's a bit colder now and with the little one I don't do it as much as I should (as a result of that and soda, I'm putting on pounds)  Once I'm done nursing I intend to go back to working out in ernst though.  I'm actually very excited about the challenge of becoming "one hot momma."

Katie... KatieCrandall

I started out my pregnancy doing light exercise, more yoga than anything...until I found out that I had an irritable uterus and was told to take it easy.

Now that my baby has been born...just in these last couple weeks have I not been sore "down there" when taking a walk.  He's two months old!  I did not expect it to take that long to feel up to exercising.  It's not that I didn't want to, but it hurt!  I'm pretty petite, though, and had a nine pounder, my six week appointment. my doc actually told me to take another month before getting back into things, arg.

I'm with you, it wrong that I want to be a MILF? 

Maine... MaineChapmans

I was not a runner at all, and before I became pregnant weighed in at 259. After my daughter was born after Christmas, I started walking on the treadmill in about early February (after my doc gave me the go-ahead). It took me about 9 months to shed almost 100 pounds and I ran my first half marathon that September.

Trust me. If I could go from an obese couch potato to a half-marathoner in less than a year, you can totally start exercising as soon as your doctor says it's OK. But it took me 9 months to work up to it. You don't start running right away. You walk. Slowly. Then you start to speed up...and getting a personal trainer for at least a couple sessions is invaluable!!  Good luck!

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