• Katherine Thornalley

Fitting In Exercise Around A Young Baby

Updated: Jun 23, 2018

Please note: that this blog is about my personal experiences with breastfeeding and fitness. I am not talking about bottle feeding, simply because that's not my experience and therefore cannot comment on it! I would love to hear from you so you can tell me about your own personal experiences, whether you chose to breastfeed or bottle feed your baby and the struggles of fitting in your workout around your baby.

Yes yes, breastfeeding burns between 250 and 500 calories a day. Does this mean that we can make up those additional calories by eating a piece of cake everyday? Absolutely not. Should we be making up those additional calories by eating healthy snacks? Abso-bloody-lutely. Is this easy when you have a little human sucking the life from you all day and night? Hell no!

Fitting in workouts around a baby

If I had a pound for every time I hear the words " I couldn't work out because the baby wouldn't go down for a nap".... my second born, my daughter is a very 'attached' baby. She has been since birth. She is now ten months old and still does not go down in a cot for naps or at bedtime. Please do not think that this is me complaining! I love it and this is the style of parenting that my husband and I 'fell' into. But my point is that there are other ways of fitting in workouts if you so wish. As soon as she was old enough I would put her in her bouncy chair and she would just watch me do the workout. The workouts were, and still are, often cut short. At the end of the day, your little one comes first. They are young for such a short period of time, enjoy it and don't wish their time away.

One of many workouts cut short

Breastfeeding makes you HUNGRY

Breastfeeding, being up all night, and the sheer exhaustion of mothering can add to how you feel about food. A healthy diet is far easier to follow when you've had a good nights sleep. I always have a giggle to myself when I read these articles written by fitness gurus giving tips on how to lose weight and the one common denominator always seems to be, GET A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP! Well, that's not always an option. In failing that, my next best advice is to stay hydrated! Drinking water is so important whilst breastfeeding and particularly if you want to add exercise into the equation. I would also recommend not cutting any food groups. For example, if you decide to cut carbs whilst breastfeeding and exercising you will absolutely crash at some point and start to binge. You need all of the energy you can to take care of your little ones and, also very importantly, take care of yourself.

Working out and eating right for your body type

Now, I've come to terms with the fact that I'm never going to be a size zero. I am voluptuous, I was born with curves (#damnyoumum) and its taken a while, but I now embrace those curves. I had a baby 10 months ago and I am aware there are still parts of me that could 'improve' (for want of a better word), but I try my hardest. I just can't imagine not eating that ice cream when offered it or not ordering the burger when going out to eat. I do try and go healthy for the majority of my meals but I deserve a treat. Why? Because being a mum is really bloody hard, and that's all there is to it. Ice cream makes me feel good. So does exercise. I like to have my cake and eat it. Metaphorically. Of course ;-)

Your story on fitness as a mum

I have written this blog about breastfeeding and exercising because that is how I did it. I would love to know about your personal experiences. Did you find it hard to fit in bottle feeding around a fitness regime? Did your little one not sleep well at night and did this have an impact? Did working out make you feel better or worse if you had had a bad night the night before? When did you fit in your workouts? If you are a working mum, did you manage to fit in workouts?

I would love to hear from you.


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