Fit2B New Moms

My Fit2B Birth

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I’ve been using Fit2B as my primary fitness source for more than two years. During that time I continued to teach and perform dance, and ran two 5k’s. But all along it came back to Fit2B. But my third (and probably final) pregnancy was the first one since I had made Fit2B part of my life. I was hoping that it would make a huge difference during my pregnancy and especially my delivery.

Things didn’t workout exactly as I’d hoped. I didn’t do any perfect pushing, the baby came out rather of his own free will. There was no peaceful belly breathing as he emerged. Lots of uncontrolled screaming.

 

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While Fit2B (and the Tummy Team) kept me active and engaged with my core through my whole pregnancy, I didn’t avert diastasis as I’d hoped. But I’ve been trying to look for the positives. While I didn’t stay as active as I wanted during the pregnancy, (the summer heat really did me in) at least it kept me moving. Even if only did one of the Foundational Five or a stretching workout at least that was something. During my delivery I did lots of squats and I was expecting pain in my quads, calves and upper arms the next day. I didn’t have any. So in the end it felt as though Fit2B had prepared me for delivery, just not in the ways I expected.

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I know what I need to do to recover. I don’t always do it, but educating myself has been a good thing. I’ve never weighed this much or been so aware of the lack of tone in my stomach. But I’m trying to even use that awareness as a positive. Maybe it was like this after my other pregnancies and I just wasn’t aware of it. (I didn’t discover Fit2B until my second child was more than a year old). I engage my transverse, doing squeeze and releases as well as transverse holds while I pump four to six times a day. I’m slowly trying to incorporate the Foundational Five back into my life. (You can check back next week as I start reviewing the Foundation Five+ course).

If nothing else I try to keep my core engaged and be at least somewhat aware of my alignment throughout the day. This program isn’t magic. Its results vary depending on your body, but what I have learned is that the education it provides and the encouragement of its creators and members has gone a long way toward keeping me going when I wanted to quit. It’s easy to feel discouraged right now, because it feels like I’m starting from the beginning, but I’m not. My body may need recovery and healing but at least I have the tools to do it.

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Fit2B New Moms: Week 2

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It is getting very hard to stay active at this point in my pregnancy. We just came through another high temperature week with very high eighties and low nineties, which is way too hot for this pregnancy lady. So walking or even going outside much has been out of the question. It has been hard to keep myself going with any kind of exercise. But I want to make sure I’m still ready for this upcoming (hopefully sooner rather than later) delivery.

Day 1

Totally Transverse
Maternity Mix I

I’ve done this workout before, but it has been a while and I wasn’t sure how my current condition would work with it. There were portions that I had to be very cautious and really listen to my body (especially the side leg series) but mostly I found it to be a great way to keep my body moving, even when it takes a lot of effort and it’s easier to stay still.

Day 2

Mula Bandha
Maternity Mix II
Pregnancy Stretching with Kelly

This was a great workout. While Maternity Mix II is a little more physically demanding, it is also a bit shorter which helps with that. As usual the Pregnancy Stretching with Kelly is a big hit and something I strive to work in daily where I can. I felt very confident today, as I was able to do almost everything in this workout. This makes me feel better since my mobility has been so limited lately. It’s possible my efforts to do something, no matter how minimal, everyday are paying off.

Day 3

Totally Transverse II
Maternity Mix III

This is definitely a more ambitious workout than the other two maternity mixes. While I’ve done it before, I’ll admit that this time I had to stop halfway through. Next time I do it I might have to try it without the dumb bells. As I’m getting so close to the end, (hopefully just a couple weeks now) I want to stay active but I also don’t want to workout to the point of exhaustion. Bethany Learn always says you should feel energized after a workout and ready for your day, not so tired that you need to go back to bed. I’m trying to find where that fine line is this pregnancy.

Day 4

Basic Transverse & Mula Bandha
Maternity Yoga 
Neck Routine

I enjoyed this gentle combination. I’m looking forward to the slightly more tummy safe refilm of Maternity Yoga but this one is still totally doable. The neck routine was also welcome respite for my sore neck and upper back. Plus, any opportunity to workout while sitting down is also great.

Guess what? Only four days this week. This whole project is turning out a bit different than I planned. Rather than getting progressively more difficult, each week I’m doing a little less, but striving to at least do something. So if I do in fact make it through week 3 and 4 of this routine, you’ll see lots of stretching, gentle maternity workouts and Foundational Five, rather than my usual fare of solid aerobics and strong Pilates.

But I know I’m not the only pregnant lady who feels like just moving at all by the end is difficult, let alone official exercise. Don’t be discouraged (I’m trying not to be). You will be able to do these things again. Just try to focus on taking care of yourself and baby for these last few weeks.

Fit2B New Moms: Week 1

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Fit2B New Moms: Week 1

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This is one of the few sections of Fit2B that I haven’t explored heavily yet. While I have tried several of the maternity specific workouts, I haven’t used all of them yet, and I haven’t tried this pathway yet, so I thought it would give me something to focus on (besides getting my house ready) during these last few weeks of pregnancy.

I’ll say right now that I can’t promise that I’ll get through all these workouts. I have five weeks to go (maybe a little more or less depending on baby) so if I suddenly disappear, don’t be alarmed, it probably just means that baby has arrived and the series has been suspended.

If you are in the third trimester, like me, listen carefully to your body. If a workout is too long or too hard, don’t finish it. But don’t beat yourself up either. Right now you want to stay active but you don’t want to injure yourself or push yourself too hard. Your primary job is to get ready for the arrival of baby and all the mental and physical work that goes with it.

Day 1

Labor Prep

This makes a great warmup to other workouts, but it can also stand alone. Like Squat Prep and Foam UNrolling this is more of a collection of suggestions than a full workout. But that’s OK. This short workout was a great review of much of what I learned in my birth class and gave me some good ideas to try for this next delivery. (Which will hopefully be soon).

 

Day 2

Pelvic Floor Connections

Restorative Poses 

This was a wonderful restorative workout. It was hard to get through with my kids yelling in the background. If you are in a place in your pregnancy where you can workout when your kids are asleep or elsewhere, do it. It will make these workouts much more relaxing. While I do have a little trouble with some of Pelvic Floor Connections at this point, it is still worth trying to do some of the exercises.

 

Day 3

Chair Pilates

Chair Yoga

I’ve been really struggling to fit exercise in for the last week or two so it felt great to be able to do these workouts. They were relaxing yet I still felt like I was working some muscles. Plus, since I was sitting I didn’t get the numb leg issues I sometimes struggle with or lose my stamina too quickly. (Honestly, I spend far too much of my day on my feet as it is, so this was a restful treat to be able to exercise sitting down).

 

Day 4

Chair Blend

I expected this to be very similar to the Chair Pilates and Chair yoga and while there was some overlap, this definitely has some differences that are worth noting. I really struggled to sit in proper alignment without slouching onto my tailbone, but fortunately the movements were simple enough that I was able to modify and really focus on alignment without having to completely give up the workout.

Basic Chair Fitness

This was my first time doing either of these workouts. The Basic Chair Fitness is a good one to keep around, especially during my later pregnancy and postpartum recovery. I was surprised by the amount of upper and lower body work that you can get out of this workout if you want to.

I think that these various chair routines and probably going to be an important part of my postpartum recovery and I may still come back to them before the end of this pregnancy.

 

Day 5

Kitchen Moves

As Bethany mentions in this video, this is more of a demonstration of suggested movements than a whole workout in itself. The first half the is more warm up or workout like however. I’m going to try to integrate more of these into my daily routine. (I actually worked on a batch of muffins while doing this workout).

I’m not sure exactly how many weeks I’ll be doing in this series. Officially I have three weeks left to my pregnancy, if baby arrives on time. (Though my last was ten days late). So whatever I don’t finish I’ll be sure to review during my postpartum recovery. I’m excited to make Fit2B part of my transition back this time around.

Fit2B New Moms Week 2

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