One thing I wasn’t prepared for postpartum was muscle atrophy. I took 6 weeks off from lifting weights so my body could heal after giving birth to my stinkin’ adorable sidekick, so it does make a little sense, but y’all I have muscle A-???? that could literally win an award.
I’m talking a 80lb difference on leg curls/maxing out on 10lb bicep curls — atrophy. Let me just say this out loud real quick, “????????????????????????”. I can only imagine where I’d be if I hadn’t worked out during pregnancy.
I’m #7WeeksPostpartum and I feel like I’m starting back at ground zero, which in a way I’m okay with. I’m considering this my beginning working out as a #newmom. I’m ready to see what this body can do, challenge it when I think I “can’t”, and celebrate new goals.
If you’re a new mom or about to be, just know that muscle atrophy is normal. It’s going to take some time for our bodies to release all the relaxin and for us to feel rested enough to feel like we’re really having a good workout. Start small with walking, stretching, and working on that pelvic floor. Keep showing up (even if you can only do at home workouts most of the time like me!) because if our bodies can create and carry life, they can do anything <3