It goes without saying that pregnancy is a period of enormous change for women. The way you feel, the way you look, organs are bunched up and moved out of the way while you grow an actual human being inside of you. It’s mind-blowing, really. And it’s also a well-known phenomenon; something that’s talked about, advertised, compared, photographed, coveted and looked forward too. So, although you are undergoing this massive transformation over a ten-month period, there are all sorts of resources and support systems in place; educational classes for expecting mothers, yoga programs, your midwife/OB, and friends and family members who have experienced it themselves, to name a few. It’s what comes after that is a whole other story; being postpartum. While I was pregnant, I honestly thought I’d take it easy for a few weeks post-delivery and then hop right back into my fitness routine. I had worked out up until the day I delivered, so I figured I would be good to go once the baby was born and I didn’t have giant bump impeding my bar path. I had seen some of my friends bounce back (I now know these women are unicorns) and thought I would to. On February 22nd , Fitzgerald Robert Olson hit the scene. I was blessed with the sweetest, most precious gift. It took 40 weeks and 6 days to create all 6 lbs. 15 oz. of baby boy perfection, one moment for me to fall in all-consuming love with him, and about 14 days for me to realize I had been quite disillusioned about my “return to fitness.”
Post-partum simply means “post childbirth.” There’s no end to it. If you’ve had a baby, you are in the post-partum club, and you’re in it for good. For women who are anxious to get back into a fitness routine, it’s a tricky period of figuring out what you can/should be doing vs. what you feel like you should be able to do. On top of this, you may feel like you don’t want to leave your brand-new baby any more than you have to, or perhaps you simply don’t have someone who can babysit while you go to the gym for an hour. I was this person. I am this person. I was dying to work-out, but nothing felt right. I was desperately trying to exclusively breastfeed, so I had no intention of leaving my son. Heck; women bring their babies to yoga, I just wanted to deadlift with mine. For this reason, I am really excited to bring a Dumbbells and Diapers program to CrossFit Simsbury. This program is for women who are looking to either get back to strength training, or get into it for the first time, after childbirth. Classes are an opportunity for mothers to come in and get a great work-out, with-not-only-their babies, but other women who are navigating their way through the postpartum period. Programming will be directed toward pelvic floor and core strengthening, as well as full body strength and conditioning, and classes will be suitable for all levels of fitness; CrossFit experience not a prerequisite. Once given the clear from their midwife or OB, women are invited to bring their baby (aged 6 weeks to 1 year) and a stroller/pack n’ play/blanket or whatever will keep them safely contained and participate in workouts that are programmed for the postpartum community.
We currently have two five-week sessions planned for the summer.
Session 1 will run from June 26th -July 26th
Session 2 will run July 31st -August 30th
Classes will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am-11:00am.
I’m looking forward to coaching women who want to get back to athleticism after pregnancy, and can’t wait to help, encourage and champion them as they make fitness a priority for their own well-being, as well as their little one’s. You can click on the link below for more information about Dumbbells & Diapers and to sign up for the program, and e-mail me (email@example.com) with any questions.
About the author:
Hi! I’m Denise; I’m a new mom to the sweetest baby boy, Fitz; and lover of all things fitness and health related. I work as a pediatric nurse at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, I run the Kids & Teens program here at CrossFit Simsbury, am a yoga instructor certified through Yoga Alliance, CrossFit Level 1 Certified, and have a health and wellness coaching business; Lynchpin Coaching. With an infant, it can certainly be challenging to a.) find the time to work-out and b.) know where to begin when your body just experienced an amazing amount of change. My goal with bringing Dumbbells & Diapers to CrossFit Simsbury is to offer moms an opportunity to prioritize their own health for a few hours each week without having to leave their little ones, and safely integrate fitness back into their lives. For a few hours each week, CFS will be sanctuary where you can work out, and fellow athletes [and your coach] understand that babies cry, blow-outs happen when you least expect it, and feeding on-demand is a real-life thing. Pregnancy and child-birth are no joke; I feel its so important to find a balance between moving safely and challenging yourself, and I look forward to helping the new moms in this community do exactly that.