The challenge of baby #2! – by team member: Lisa Mawas.
I have a few clients who just gave birth to their second child. They are finding it much more difficult than the first time around. They are super exhausted because their newborn is feeding every 2 hours, and sleep isn’t an option after that early morning 5 am feeding since they have to get up with the other child soon after. These women are also finding no time for themselves in their 24-hour day. Taking a shower and eating a proper meal seem like a luxury, let alone finding an hour in the day to exercise.
Luckily that is where I come in! Not only do I arrive at their house with a smile on my face and fun and new workouts to get them back in shape, I am also a good sounding board. As a mother of 2 boys born 22 months apart, I can emphasize with them and I understand what they are going through. Ninety days is what I always say. Get through the first 90 days of the new baby’s life and things start to get easier. The baby is (hopefully) now on somewhat of a routine, feeding and taking naps and going to bed at a regular time. You have time to check your emails and maybe even colour your hair! WOW.
Working out is usually easier now too. These women are not as exhausted and are ready to start exercising if they haven’t started already. They may not have the luxury of the 2 hours needed to get to the gym, workout out, shower and get home, but they often can find an hour to meet at their house with a trainer. Once you have more than one child, convenience and time management is key! So after an hour workout with me, mixing up cardio to increase the heart rate and strength training to build muscle, my moms have more energy, are in a better mood and are able to accomplish more in their day. It’s a win-win.
When I was a new mother, I always found that I needed to set aside some time for myself, whether it was to exercise to get my endorphins going or running a simple errand at the store. But once the second came along, it became mandatory. So to these new moms of two children, I always stress that it is important to take some time for yourself; you will feel better, look better and therefore be a better mother because in the end, that’s what it is really all about, isn’t it?
Lisa Mawas is a wife and mother of two young boys and a certified pre & postnatal personal trainer. After gaining 50 lbs during both of her pregnancies, she made fitness part of her life. To see more about Lisa, you can read her profile here: http://coreexpectations.com/about-us/personal-trainers/lisa-mawas/