Jamie Eason's Post-Pregnancy Trainer: Time Management Overview - Bodybuilding.com

Getting fit is always a challenge, but especially when a new little person wants as much of your time as possible. Help yourself along your fitness journey by taking these simple steps!

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Babies are curious little explorers. They’re tiny, delicate, a little wild, and—of course—adorable. Know what else they are? Unpredictable. Who can blame them? They’ve been dropped into a brand-new world, and they don’t even know what they need yet—except you, of course.

From day one, that little person pretty much owns you and your time. Trust me—that will change, but not overnight. And even when you finally feel ready to start working out and your doctor says it’s OK, you still might not see how you could possibly find the time.

I know the feeling! I was there too. But with experience, I found that post-pregnancy was a great opportunity to examine—and attack— some of the biggest reasons women say they “can’t” get fit. That’s right: This is an opportunity!

On this page, I’ll talk about some of the ways you can rebuild your fit life in the middle of a crazy, unpredictable schedule. We’ll go over managing your expectations, preparing your space, setting your priorities, and a skill that, let’s face it, many moms have trouble mastering: sharing responsibility.

Let’s figure out how to make this work. You deserve it!

Many women find they are able to exercise to some degree throughout most of their pregnancy, depending on their specific circumstances and what their doctor says is OK. But all of that changes when the baby comes. You don’t even know what you’ll be recovering from—only that you’ll be recovering. For instance, I developed a painful condition called De Quervain syndrome because I could only nurse my son on one side. I definitely never saw that coming!

But acute conditions like that aside, your first couple of months as a mom are still pretty difficult, whether this is your first child or your fourth. People say it’s like a haze or a dream—and they’re right. You sleep when you can—or if you can. You struggle to solve problems you knew you’d have, and some you couldn’t have predicted. Plenty of women also have to deal with going back to work, or their partner doing so, before they feel ready.

Because there’s so much going on, many women gladly wait until they get a “green light” from their doctor to begin exercising, usually at around 6-8 weeks. But if it takes longer than that for you, then that’s OK. I can’t emphasize that enough!

I know that when you’re in bed and not feeling great about how your body looks, it can be easy to set big, ambitious goals on little, ambitious timelines. Resist the urge! The nine-month plan I describe in the program overview is just one possible outcome. You might need longer than that—maybe a lot longer. That’s fine. What matters far more is simply making progress and making healthy choices.

My biggest advice is to make the three-week ramp-up plan to the Post-Pregnancy Fitness Trainer—which I talk about in the Months 1-3 Overview —last as long as you need it to. But while you’re keeping things simple, keep your eyes open for opportunities to make a “system” to give yourself a bit more time. Maybe it’s as simple as having your partner take a daily feeding, so you can slip into your workout clothes—or just into bed.

And if your body says that you need to hit “pause” for a few days, you can just pick up where you left off when you’re ready.

I’ve heard many, many women say they “can’t” train effectively at home for one reason or another. They don’t have the physical space, for instance, or they simply can’t avoid getting pulled in a million different directions. I understand these concerns, but I think that in most cases, there are solutions. Prepare your space before you start working out, and you’ll be able to thrive in it!

What does this mean? Let me give you a few examples. I did the majority of my workouts during this trainer at home, but make no mistake: I didn’t have a “home gym,” per se. All I had were a few key implements, but I chose them carefully.

For instance, rather than buying a whole range of dumbbells, I picked out adjustable ones. They take up the same amount of space, but you won’t outgrow them in just a few workouts like you do with nonadjustable bells.

I could tell you to always train in the same place in your house—say, the garage or the living room—but that doesn’t always work. Sometimes, you may have to train in one room, sometimes another, depending on what’s happening and who’s sleeping or playing where. So instead, I’ll just say to have a dedicated space where you store your fitness essentials, so you can find them quickly and take them where you need to go to train.

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