Yummy Mummies: Finding time and motivation (Cecilia | a working mama)

I gave birth to my beautiful baby girl, Lana, 8 months ago. I had an easy labour compared to the average, but a not-so-easy birth! Following a long induced labour with no pain relief for the first five hours of active labour, my baby just did not want to come out; so I had an epidural for the next three hours, which led to an unplanned C-section one and a half hours after that! It’s incredible how you never forget your labour story. Every time I tell the story, I feel the pain I went through – yikes! Nothing really does prepare you for child birth …

A week after Lana was born, I had my routine check-up with the doctor. She taught me and my husband (who was rather freaked out!) how to check the abdominal separation that had occurred during pregnancy. Now, I don’t know about you, but I was rather surprised to have learned that over 9 months, my abs had separated 3cm!

Prior to having Lana, and up to the 20th or so week of my pregnancy, I was still exercising. I am (was) a dragon boater and (was) a devoted Bikram yogi – fitter than the average 36 year old. However, was astounded at how much that changed when I became a mum! I could drop and do forty-five military push-ups in two minutes, 120 sit-ups in 120 seconds, and seven pull-ups without straining a muscle! And now … not so much!

I seem to have lost the motivation to exercise and would love to get it back! But how? I wonder if I am alone in feeling like this?

Having Lana has been the best thing that has happened to us this year, and all I need to do is get back into my exercise routine. There are so many exercises that physiotherapists recommend for abdominal separation. I have a Certificate IV in Fitness, and hold Bachelor of Health Science from Western Sydney University (University of Western Sydney). I have found only one exercise that I can do at any time, anywhere, and I can engage with Lana while doing it – the full body plank! Lana loves tummy time, so while she is in tummy time position, I do my full body plank! I started with 30 seconds and I have since reached 1 minute. I would follow that up with ten push-ups on my knees, which I have recently increased to twenty. Maybe, one day, I will be able to do military push-ups again!

Slow and steady wins the race, though; but, for now, walking, planks and knee push-ups will have to do 🙂

About Cecilia

Cecilia was born in Argentina, and her family migrated to Australia in 1988. She is married to a wonderful man named Sam, and together they have an 8 1/2 month old daughter, Lana Alicia. Cecilia studied a Bachelor of Health Science and in 2004 graduated with a major in community studies. She and her husband coach a dragon boat club and, before having Lana, Cecilia represented her club, New South Wales, and Australia, in various national and international regattas over the years. Cecilia and her family live in Sydney, and enjoy spending their spare time visiting family and friends, going to the beach, and going for a paddle.

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Mini Mummi Blogger

Mini Mummi Blogger is a first time mummy to a beautiful baby boy. Currently on maternity leave, she is looking to put her writing/publishing experience to good use through her blog, helping other mummies navigate through the wealth of often conflicting (and, sometimes, even discouraging) information out there about pregnancy and motherhood. She believes that every mummy knows what’s best for her own baby – even first time mums!

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