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Post-Pregnancy Exercise & Jen B

One of many examples of exercising during and after pregnancy.

Tell us about yourself.
My name is Jen Boyers. I’m 33 years old and the mother of 3 children. My daughter is about to turn 8 and my boys are 5 and 3 months. I work full time as a mom and part time as a nurse at UC.

What exercise routine were you following prior to having your baby? I delivered my 3rd baby on 10/12/14. Prior to his birth, I was doing Metabolic Explosion Training class once per week and Boot Camp once per week. Most weeks I was also doing the elliptical 2-3 times per week.

At what point did you stop exercising? My plan was to stop exercising at 39 weeks because based on my previous pregnancies, I honestly thought I would have had my baby around that time. Being an OB nurse for the past 10 years, I should have listened to my own advice that I offer my patients. Every pregnancy and every baby is different. I never would have thought I would have gone overdue with my 3rd baby. Low and behold, he was 2 days overdue. I’m attributing this to all that extra muscle tone I built from MET class and Boot Camp keeping my baby in. 🙂 Anyway, I had to stop at 38 weeks due to somewhat of a medical condition. I’ll spare you the details. I was bummed to not attend my last week of classes, but I also selfishly enjoyed being lazy my last 2 weeks of my pregnancy, especially knowing this was going to be my last baby.

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How do you think exercising for so long during your pregnancy has helped you? Aside from keeping my baby in longer, I had a lot more energy and did feel better about myself even though I was HUGE! I won’t tell you how much my baby weighed because his weight did not correspond with the size of my belly! Exercising also helped me to have a fast and easy labor and delivery. I’m telling you, my baby basically fell out! Woohoo! I’m not sure if exercising has anything to do with the amount of milk you produce when you are breastfeeding, but I find it interesting that I am producing an enormous amount of milk with this baby. I did not exercise during pregnancy with my other children, so I’m able to compare. I like to think that exercise or just being healthier has something to do with it, so if that helps others to start or continue an exercise routine, then we can just assume it’s true!

How long has it been since your baby was born? Was this your first? Hudson is 3 months old and as I stated earlier, this is my 3rd baby.

How many weeks did you wait to return to exercising? I returned to exercising at 6 weeks.

What exercise routine are you following now? I’m continuing with MET class twice per week and the treadmill or elliptical 3-4 times per week.

How do you feel? I feel great! (For the most part) I never realized how the lack of sleep can affect your daily performance. My MET class performance does correlate with the number of times my baby was up the night before. I know I will sleep again someday!

What are your goals? My short term goal is to continue exercising as much as possible even on the days I am exhausted. Long term, I would like to see my pre-pregnancy weight before my 1st child. Wow! How is that gonna happen with these lactating boobs!!!

What advice do you have for other women who are pregnant or who are considering starting a family? If you aren’t exercising, start! If you are exercising, just continue to do what you can. Every little bit helps. There were days I would come home from MET class or Boot Camp and collapse on my bed and have my husband pry my sports bra off of me, but mentally I felt like I accomplished something even if I only did 2 burpees in 40 seconds.

What advice do you have for other women who have recently had a baby? Get back into your exercise routine. The fun times in class and support from other women is great to have. That goes for anyone, whether you have kids or not. We all need a place to go where we feel comfortable and can have fun and for me that is MET class and my fellow MET classers (or Boot Camp).

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