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12 Responses to Exercising With a Baby

  1. Rachel P.

    I was an avid runner pre-pregnancy and ran up until about 7 months. Since then, I’ve experienced a lot more fatigue so I haven’t run at all. I am excited to get back to my exercise regiment, but am nervous about how that will actually all work! So these are great tips for me to keep in mind going forward, thanks!

    • Jenn  

      I worked out as much as I could through my pregnancy (well, until about 8 months when people at the gym would actually avoid me like I was going to give birth on the treadmill or something), and I really think it helped me bounce back after my son was born. It sure was a whole new world once he was born, but it helped having a few different ways to exercise with him.

  2. Sylvia@MaMammalia

    Thank you for sharing these great tips. I especially liked the babywearing one! I was very active before I had my son, and the adjustment was especially hard for me. What helped most was learning to compromise: I couldn’t run 5 miles, but I could walk for half an hour. After the nesting period, I took my baby out for a walk every day, in the Moby wrap. I moved slowly and not very far for many months. When I started to view it as time for myself (even with baby along), rather than having an exercise goal, it really made a difference. The physical does eventually follow the mental, emotional, and spiritual. It’s taken awhile, but it has!

  3. Charise@I Thought I Knew Mama  

    Great advice! I never got a balance ball, but I did do the other things. Up until fairly recently, we would walk for 1-2 hours a few times a week. Baby has less tolerance for being in the carrier or stroller for long periods of time now, but I’m glad he liked it when he was younger. I don’t know what I would have done without those walks.

    • Jenn  

      My son has gone through periods of hating the stroller and loving the stroller. Tonight I told him we were going bye-bye for a walk downtown, and he went right to his stroller and sat very happily the whole way. Funny how they change their ways now and again.

  4. Gaby@Tmuffin  

    Thanks for these tips! It’s so hard to maintain consistency when you have kids, because nothing is ever consistent. I like the idea of doing something during diaper changes. That really is the only consistent thing that happens to me every day!

  5. Joy

    I recently (in the past 3 months) resumed running after a hiatus of almost 2 years. I stopped when newly pregnant, because I was nervous about miscarriage (I know it’s safe but I was anxious about it). Then, in labor I tore a bunch of lower abdominal muscles and post birth running was very painful–so I didn’t. Stuck to baby wearing and loads of walking/hiking. Around a year I started some slow run/walking and yesterday (16 months pp) I ran sub 9s for almost 3 miles (without the jogging stroller or kid–have to say that running with the stroller is a whole new level of hard)!

    I thought I wasn’t going to resume running…ever 🙂 ! All that said…taking it slow and listening to my body seemed to have worked–even tho’ at the time I mostly felt guilt for not exercising “enough”.

    • Jenn  

      Joy, I’ve been running for the better part of a year and still don’t run sub-9s. That’s some fantastic work! Running is one of the most efficient fitness activities out there. Taking it slow and listening sure worked well for you!

  6. Joy

    I was being towed by a 55 pound terrier mix at the time 😉 Slow, steady and patient has definitely been key for me (and learning to run for the love of movement–not because I want to look a certain way, I certainly don’t “look” like a runner!)

  7. Janine  

    I waited until my son was almost one to start REALLY working out, and I SO wish I had started sooner! It is the perfect thing to do when my son wants me on the floor with him, and he gets a huge laugh out of me sprinting across the apartment or doing jumping jacks. And it really does make me feel like MYSELF, so much happier, stronger and more confident.

    • Jenn  

      My son loves watching me do yoga, probably because I must look a little silly doing it. I try to involve him and make faces at him or sing while I do it to get him interested. He has learned a few yoga positions from watching me. He gets a kick out of busting out a downward facing dog now and again (and his form is way better than mine). I love seeing how they pick up on things like that.