Originally Posted by Clarissa
I agree with Kate about taking it easy at first. They don't just say that for a reason. I believe it is even dangerous for you to exercise right away because of your uterus. It needs time to get back to its regular size, which takes a few weeks; faster if you nurse. I remember trying to exercise right away with my 2nd baby and I got bad belly cramps (gas?)every time. It was very very painful. Just keep busy - which you will - and you will one day just feel that the time is right for you to ease back into it. I would say about 4 weeks, but that is if you don't have a c-section and I know the dr. will tell you probably 6-8 weeks. I never listened to my doctor exactly, though...
I have no suggestions as I'm only 21 weeks with my first. However, I trust Clarissa (because she's a personal trainer) and Kate (because of her experience) in terms of what they said about taking it easy and just listen to your body. My doctor is german (I live in Germany) and their philosophy is MUCH different than the Americans. My doctor said to do whatever I've been doing, but don't try to improve. So, I'm still doing Cathe. In fact, I just did a spin class this morning (very similiar to 50 min. of Cardio Coach--yummy Coach Sean) and lifted legs. My reps for weights are very high (15-20) and I don't lift heavy (for me) at all. The cardio is moderate and I barely sweat.
You know your body. Do what's right for you. The best part about it is that you're showing (or will show) your kids what a healthy mommy is all about.
You go girl!!!