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Workout Like a Mother

Here's how to get over that hump of getting back into physical activity after having a baby! Read on to learn how I've been showing my body love through movement since little Sammi came along.

Start Small

When I first starting getting active again, right around the six weeks postpartum mark, I started with very low intensity, quick exercises to re-engage my core and pelvic floor. I looked up videos on Diastasis Recti and Pelvic Floor recovery to get ideas, and just did them while lying next to Sammi while she had tummy time on the floor.

Over time, I built up to taking long walks and going to intense vinyasa flow yoga classes. But that didn't happen right away! You have to give your body time to get used to movement again, and achieve some small, short term goals to build your confidence back up.

I have loved the Sweat app postpartum fitness track as part of my postpartum fitness journey because it starts you off small and builds you back in very gradually, almost too gradually. This was the way that I eventually found myself tackling bigger fitness challenges again.

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Be Consistent

It's hard to be consistent at anything when you have a newborn. But if you really set the intention to carve out time for movement a few times a week, you CAN do it! Sometimes I would just hand my husband the baby when he walked in the door and get it done. Or do it after the baby had gone to bed, or during nap time. 

Sometimes I fell short of my goals or fell out of consistency. But I always drew myself back into the routine once I'd fallen off. The key is to keep setting goals, keep doing your best to achieve them, and--even when you fail!--keep trying to do better next time!

Practice Makes Progress

Perfection? Nope, not ever. Progress? All the damn time!

Instead of trying to do the perfect workout in the perfect way at the perfect time in the perfect outfit to get perfect results, just do the best you can. Some days, I get to the gym and the only thing I can bring myself to do is watch HGTV on the elliptical. That's not as good as a strength workout and some interval training, but it's better than nothing.

The single most important skill you are learning as a mom is how to deal with imperfection. Just because one feeding, or diaper change, or bath time, or sleep training session goes poorly, do you abandon your baby and never attempt to care for her again? Of course not!

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Outfit via Dia & Co. active. Click to join!

So why is this our tendency when it comes to our bodies? Give yourself some of the love, and grace, and nurturing that you're giving your baby. Just like your baby, you're learning lots of new things, having new experiences, and leaving the comfort of what it meant to be a woman before your baby came along. You're doing the best you can, and that's the most anyone can (or should!) ask for!

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Easy Mom Glam!

Do those words even go together?

 Fresh outta bed Sasquatch.

Fresh outta bed Sasquatch.

Most days, my appearance gets very little attention. But as a mom, you've got to remember to pamper yourself once in awhile!

Here's an easy routine to spruce yourself up on a busy day!

When your little one goes down for a nap, seize the opportunity to to wash your face and run a brush through your hair.

I love the INFINITIPRO BY CONAIR® DIAMOND BRILLIANCE™ DIAMOND-INFUSED CERAMIC SMOOTHING HOT BRUSH because in the same amount of time it takes me to brush my hair normally, I can transform my tangled mess into smooth, shiny, luxurious results!

Melinda Parrish Conair

Normally heat styling seems overly fussy and dangerous to me, but this heats up instantly and has an auto shut-off in case of mom brain failure to turn it off after use. The diamond-infused ceramic heats up to 400 degrees farenheit, hot enough to tame any mane! I have a ton of hair, and it cuts through it like a hot knife through butter.

The wide paddle brush takes on more hair per stroke, speeding up the process. It neutralizes static, smooths frizz, and adds shine all at once, so you're left with beautiful, manageable locks to wear down, or to throw up into a chic mom bun, ponytail, or braid. If baby is napping well, I'll even throw on a cc cream, brush out my brows, and add a little lip tint!

Melinda Parrish Conair

This easy routine saves me from feeling more like a creature than a woman! And it takes only minutes. The diamond-infused ceramic hot brush is definitely the MVP of this transformation. Click here to purchase your own!

This post was created as part of a paid collaboration with Conair. See more styles on social media by searching the hashtag #goconair!

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