Post-Pregnancy Fitness ChallengesThis post was sponsored by Depend as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.
Post-Pregnancy Fitness Challenges
I've always been active, and am very excited to get moving again after the birth of my baby girl in September. During my pregnancy, I kept fit with kickboxing. Now that the baby is here, working in time to work out has become a bit more challenging. I'm exclusively nursing my 2-month baby girl, and would prefer to keep her off bottles as much as possible. So, I've had to tweak my workout plan a bit. Instead of late night kickboxing 5 days a week, I've decided to start taking taekwondo with 6-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl while squeezing in kickboxing classes when I can.
|Practicing the side kick the white belts learned that day.|
Getting back into workout after having a baby can be daunting, but I refuse to sit on the sidelines. Sure, my fitness level has decreased drastically since having baby #3. My muscles have experienced quite a bit of atrophy throughout my pregnancy and the 6 weeks of exercise-free postpartum. Pushups? They're on the knees, and incredibly difficult. Ab exercises? Right now, they seem pretty much impossible. And, like all new mamas, my pelvic floor muscles have certainly weakened. As a new mom, it's not always a good idea to do any sort of jumping around with a full bladder...if you know what I mean. Jumping jacks? High knees? My feet barely leave the floor. I'm just too scared that my bladder can't quite handle it yet. If this describes you, you're not the only one. In fact, over 51 million American women experience bladder leakage. That’s 1 in 3 American women. There are many common causes of bladder leakage in women including pregnancy, childbirth and even diabetes.
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What's your biggest workout challenge? Leave a comment below. As always, I respond to each and every one. :)