Planning a Postpartum Workout Plan

I know what I’m looking the most forward to about no longer being pregnant.  Okay, maybe not 100% the most (that probably goes to “sleeping on my stomach” and “no longer having to stab myself daily for gestational diabetes  testing”), but it’s certainly right up there: getting my postpartum body back to where I want it.  I have a two prong approach to my plan: a good postpartum workout to be done daily and starting the Body by Vi 90 day challenge.  Well, maybe it’s a one and a half prong approach: a good postpartum workout to be done daily and starting the Body by Vi 90 day challenge when breastfeeding or pumping are taken off the table.

(Yeah, I’m still uncertain about breastfeeding, and will probably be uncertain about what I’m doing until a couple of days after I start doing whatever it is that I ultimately do.  And while Body by Vi is technically safe for breastfeeding, some women that I’ve talked to had experienced a reduction in supply.  Not all did, of course, but I just don’t want to take a chance until I know for sure what I’m doing.)

What postpartum workout plan I’m going to do is still up for grabs, though.  I was doing ChaLEAN Extreme (a Beach Body workout that I loved) before getting pregnant with Eudora, but I wasn’t losing weight, so I started doing other things with it, like taking Norton on a hike through the woods daily and often throwing in a second exercise video.  While I didn’t lose weight on CLX, I will say this: my arms looked freaking amazing.  Like Linda Hamilton from Terminator 2 amazing.  I am unsure if I want to go back to CLX right off the bat this time, or if I want to start out with a nice safety routine until I get my groove back.  Usually, my safety plan is Debbie Siebers’ Slim in 6.

I’m not sure if I’ll start out with Chalene Johnson or with Debbie Siebers, or if I’ll start with one and then bring in a bit of the second one to combine a weight lifting workout with a more cardio centered workout.  All that I do know is that they both will have a home in whatever postpartum workout plan I ultimately go with.

And besides, there’s still my long term fitness goal of being able to actually get through and survive P90x.

Did you take steps to get your postpartum body back into shape after having your baby?  How did you do it?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. Oh man, I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant, and I agree with you that not having to prick my finger was one of my most anticipated postpartum treats (ONE of them! The first was probably a big piece of bread!) It’s been almost a year, and I still am not used to sleeping on my stomach again yet, either 😉

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