• Fitness,  Postpartum Recovery

    Postpartum Core Update: Focusing On Functionality

    Hello, hello! It’s been awhile since my last postpartum core update, so here’s where I’m at.  I’m nearing 2 years postpartum after my twins and focusing on functionality (rather than obsessing over physical results) has been my mantra. This translates into being grateful for what I CAN DO more than what it all LOOKS like. Which, to be honest is a wiggly yet moderately strong looking postpartum belly. But hey, I have been doing all the high-impact exercises that I love and have minimal leaking (if any) during those workouts. Hallelujah! My diastasis recti (separation of rectus abdominis musculature) is around 2-3 finger widths wide and thankfully not very deep…

  • Health,  Postpartum Recovery

    Postpartum Core Update: Tools For Recovery

    So I’m 5 months postpartum and what have I been doing in the core recovery department? Not much. Caring for twins plus 2 other children, plus pumping (my biggest time suck!) PLUS other full-time mom duties, have all taken over my days (and nights). I have little time to even *think* about exercise let alone specific exercises to help repair diastasis recti (abdominal muscle separation). But then there’s the voice in my head that says, “JUST A FEW MINUTES A DAY would make a big difference!”. Well sweetheart (yes, still talking to myself), that’s a few minutes a day I literally don’t have. Not with the sleep debt I’m in.…

  • Fitness,  Health,  Postpartum Recovery

    Getting back in the {yoga} saddle

    Sooo…confession: I’ve only done 1 session of the 30 Days of Yoga series as part of my New Year postpartum “ease back into fitness” challenge. And it’s January 22nd (oops). BUT, I will say that a couple weeks ago (about 1 month postpartum), I gave some warrior poses a try before starting the first yoga video and my C-section incision wasn’t having it. Now, a couple weeks later, I gave it a go and I’m happy to report that my body is ready! Even one 25-minute session was rejuvenating to both body and spirit and it’s exactly what I need to ease my weakened muscles and ligaments from pregnancy into…

  • Fitness,  Health,  Postpartum Recovery

    My “Safe List” Exercises With Abdominal Strain

    I probably sound like a broken record with my continuous lamenting, but here I go again: I’ve been nursing this pesky abdominal strain for over 2 months now. And with our big out-of-state move and all, I have been feeling particularly out of the fitness loop these past few weeks! While I feel like I’ve been blaming my lack of exercise on this move and my injury, in reality, there is quite the variety of exercises I have found that don’t aggravate my lower abdominals; those that don’t involve the core as much. The good news is that I feel like it’s finally on the mend and my range of motion with…