Bodyweight Postpartum Newborn Home Workout

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y'all, we have a lil' girl!!!  i'm still not big on pink though and plan to keep the yellow/gray/white color combo going for Kosi's nursery.  speaking of yellow, thanks to my girl Dami for hooking us up with this beautiful Solly Baby Wrap!

  as parents know, newborns change daily.  that's exactly why i'm soaking up these precious moments with each of my babies cause time just continues to fly on by.  things won't always be this way.  people still ask me if i'll return to the IT field (lol) and i still don't know!  God knows i'm right where i desire and need to be right now, though, that's for sure.

only perform this workout if you have been cleared to do so by your doc, mamas!  as of this past friday, Dec. 16th,  i was given the green light to lift again.  however, i'll be on lock down/house arrest for a while cause of breastfeeding (i don't lug my pump around with me if i don't have to) and Kosi can't join me at the gym until she is 3 months old.  soooo, home workouts, GO!  i'll be filming the entire workout soon and posting to my YT channel, but here's a collage/snippet of our very first one together (even though she slept the entire time ;) ).

1st combo: 3 x's through

sumo squats (turn feet and knees out to side) - 25 reps

fast arm circles forward + calve raises - 1 min

knee ups + overhead press  - 1 min

2nd combo: 3x's through

side step squats (R & L) - 12 reps on each side, 24 total

good mornings - 20 reps

outside foot taps (engage your obliques) - 25 reps on ea side

wall pushups - 12 reps

3rd combo: 3 x's through

chair squat - 25 reps

reverse fast arm circles + calve raises - 1 min

side leg lifts - 15 reps 

runners lunges - 12 on ea side

just one round might be enough for you.  listen very carefully to your body and let it guide you!  don't overwhelm yourself and do too much too soon.  most importantly, enjoy this time with your new little one!  

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hello there mr. speculum + 1st postpartum home workout

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postpartum check up time!

5 weeks in, and here we are again.

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the last time i sat on this table i was 40 weeks preggo and 2 cms dilated.  just in my thoughts as i waited for Dr. A. lol.

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soon as i walked in the office my eyes were immediately drawn to the tools on the counter though, especially that darn speculum. hate it. and that clicking noise as it opens drives me craaaazy.

however, it was standing in the way of me and the gym so i tolerated it for yet another 60 seconds.  i know i'll be seeing it for the rest of my life so i'll make peace with it some day.

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aaaand we're done here!  Dr. A cleared me to go back to my usual workout routine whenever i am ready.  however, i'm taking it super, duper slow.  teaching vs. taking a class are two different experiences for me as i've mentioned before.  kinda like Beyonce vs. Sasha Fierce-- falling down the stairs and all.  i don't want to push it too fast too soon, but ultimately i will be taking classes again, adding the weights back into my routine slowly but surely, and paying attention to how my body responds.  listen to your OB ladies, and listen to your body. i'll discuss some of my fitness goals in the next post though!

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afterwards, i decided to share my very first workout at home with my Mr. Piggy! Sonny is NOT feeling Odego's nickname but because he grunts and snorts like crazy when he is hungry it was only right.

#sorrynotsorry, hubs.

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 i'm using body weight for these super basic moves for the most part as Dego only weighs like 9 lbs.  it's perfect cause i'm forced to go super slow while i hold my precious cargo!

  • squats - looking up and out at the ceiling while performing squats helps to keep my back flat and knees behind my toes.

  • plie squats - you don't have to go deep! gradually work your way back to that level.

  • side bends - try these to start and keep a flat back and elevated chest for better posture.  my postpartum core strength is loads better this time around as i worked my obliques throughout my pregnancy.

  • modified push ups with kisses :)

remember moms, my pace is not your pace and vice versa.  if you feel any pain or discomfort, STOP.  and if you haven't been cleared to do these exercises yet, don't even think about it!  if you have been cleared but still not ready, go outside and walk, hit the elliptical, or start with some postpartum yoga.  if moms could have their pre-preggo bodies back sooner than later, then let's be honest-- i'm positive a vast majority would jump at the chance to.  my message is to first and foremost show how proper nutrition and physical activity can aid in doing just that.  make no mistake, this is not a race.  i repeat...this is not a race.  i exercise because i love it. i make time for it because it's a priority in my life.  there is absolutely nothing unrealistic about eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly during pregnancy. nothing. my journey may not be typical or the norm, but my results are very real.  my skin gets thicker by the day because of Instagram lol, but i won't apologize or feel bad for being blessed to have an active pregnancy (i don't take it for granted one bit) and/or living a healthy lifestyle.  ANY mom can do it and i hope to inspire other women enough to even try!

semi-rant over.

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i stopped at GNC on the way home to try some new Quest Bar flavors before i buy a whole box of them and i'm excited!  they have been helping with my sweet cravings and i don't mind the fiber and protein that comes with them.  they're all natural, high fiber, gluten-free, 1g of sugar, and low carb. i bought hubs the Cookies & Cream flavor which he swallowed on sight (which is why it's not pictured) and i managed to get a piece and loved it too.  it nipped his Oreo cookie craving right in the bud, sweet!

Q: what is your favorite Quest Bar flavor? 

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