Health & Fitness over 5 years ago by Liz Adams

My Fitness Journey Since Having Baby #2

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One of my most frequently asked questions is about my workout routine, diet and general lifestyle since having our second baby Jack. When I sat down to write this post I thought about the difference I have felt since having Jack compared to having Charlie and I think it is important to reflect on my two experiences and how my fitness journey has been different the second time around. 

Having Charlie threw me for a loop. The beginning was a rough transition and once I finally fell into a groove it took me awhile to dedicate time to myself again. I was fully devoted to whatever schedule Charlie needed and in turn I really didn’t start getting back into shape until Charlie turned one. I remember a week or two before his first birthday I scheduled a full body analysis at Equinox in Lincoln Park, went in for my appointment, got my numbers/body percentages (yikes!) and signed up for a trainer on the spot. You can read more about that journey here. 

Fast forward 6 months and I get pregnant with Jack and I am probably in the best shape I had been in a loooong time (definitely since college). Getting to that point took dedication. I was working out 6 days a week (3 days with a trainer, 3 days cardio on my own) and Charlie came to the gym day care with me and it just worked! To be completely honest, I was so proud of my body at that point. I had so much energy and really didn’t have to sacrifice too much of anything. However, I am a true believer that once you get into a healthy habit it trickles down. I read somewhere it takes 21 days to create a habit and I 100% felt that way with working out. If I missed a day I was super disappointed in myself. It just became a meeting on my calendar. I need to get back to that point…

Ok so throughout my pregnancy with Jack I was pretty active! I was working out 4 days a week and chasing a toddler and if a day got away with me it was no big deal. I listened to my body and I gained around 26 lbs while I was pregnant with Jack so nothing too bad. This time around, when I was cleared to workout at 6 weeks, I booked weekly sessions with a trainer almost immediately. I needed to find time to dedicate to myself and with two kids I knew the importance of this more than ever. I have seen definite results with my trainer but there is no doubt that my body is slower to bounce back after baby #2. Right now my exercise consists of weight training with my trainer 2x a week and cardio 2x a week (usually running or stair master). On the days that I don’t get to the gym I’ll run outside and I always use my apple watch to make sure I get in 10K steps a day. 

I’ve mentioned this before but I’ve never been the naturally super skinny girl. My metabolism is slower, I carry weight in my hips, my stomach and my arms and if I eat poorly then you’re going to see it. I still have about 5 lbs to go to get back to my pre-baby weight but this time around I’m realizing the importance of diet more than ever. So in the last couple weeks I’ve decided to make a significant effort in switching up my diet. I’m going to decrease my consumption of carbohydrates, dairy and sugar and increase all of the good stuff. Do I think that this is something I can maintain in the long term? No. However I’m going to make it a point to feel like the best version of myself by the Fall. I’ll keep you posted! And be sure you’re following me on IG because I love to keep you all updated on my workouts and what I’m eating in my stories.

This time around I’m more understanding of the process. Nothing happens overnight and most weight loss experiences are trial and error. It took me 1.5 years to feel like myself after Charlie so giving myself 9 months with Jack is nothing. I think it is important to remember in a time where social media standards can be completely discouraging that there is only one you. You’re only going to take a step towards what you want if you really want it! Don’t worry about how someone looks in a top or what jean size they are wearing – it’s all relative, honestly. Also, be stronger than your excuses. This quote is my favorite motivator. I could bitch all day long about how I have two kids and I work for myself and Jack wakes up early and I’m tiredddd, wahhh. No one gives a shit. Be stronger than your excuses and I promise it will be worth it.

I am going to be doing a Q+A with my trainer (a ton of you left some amazing questions on this post!) and if you’d like your question included then please leave it in the comments! Sorry this post is so candid/all over the place – I just kind of freely typed out what I’ve been feeling and wanted you all to know that I’m still trying to chug through the process. More updates coming soon! Promise!


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  1. What would exercises would you or your trainer recommend for a mom of a three month old who can’t get to a gym often due to child care issues? I also am not a runner. We go for lots of walks but would love to incorporate some strength training too!

  2. This is such a good post!! I’ve had a really bad sinus infection/bronchitis for months, I even hurt my ribs from coughing so much. Today was my first day back at the gym and it was hard. I thought my ribs were basically better but they started hurting. So I think it is going to be a slow start for me and I’m okay with that.

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

  3. I love this post Liz. I don’t have kids, so I can’t speak to that experience, but have experienced falling out of my exercise habits and getting really down on myself about it. You’re so right. Being stronger than your excuses is such a powerful thing! I went back to the gym after a few weeks off and feel so much better!

  4. Thanks for sharing! Quick question: did you have any pelvic floor issues after giving birth (either time) and if so- what did you do to strengthen that area? Also – if the trainer has specific exercises – would love to hear!

  5. Such a great and motivational read! I just started working out again (6 months post baby). It feels soo good just to drop off my kids at the gym daycare and have an hour to myself. P. S. Have you tried a whole 30? I lost most of my baby weight that way and didn’t even complete it.

  6. You look amazing and your dedication to doing this for yourself is inspiring! As always, I love how real you about things like this. Thank you for sharing. You’ve got this!!

  7. Your dedication to your fitness journey is super inspiring! I’m all of a sudden (I swear it happened overnight) 27 weeks pregnant and feeling a bit panicked that I haven’t been great at staying on track with my workouts over the past couple months. Would love any bits of advice from your trainer for strength/cardio training I should be focusing on over the next 12 weeks! 🙂

  8. Great info! It was a long slog back with my first, and then with my second, the things I did to get back in shape didn’t work at all! Talk about reinventing the wheel! It’s so easy to be hard on ourselves, and I appreciate the positive message so much!

  9. Pregnant with my first and the first trimester has been so tiring that I have not had the energy to workout. I am trying to eat healthily but with nausea, a lot of the times I end up eating bland carbs. How can I eat healthy during the rest of the pregnancy and gain weight but not gain the unnecessary weight? I do not want to lose weight (obviously) but also want to be conscious!

  10. Thanks for sharing Liz! I have two kids, aged 5 and 2.5 and I felt that I got back into shape with my 5 year old a lot faster! After my 5 year old was born, I was back to wearing a bikini to the beach when she was over a year old. after my 2.5 year old? No way! Even though I gained the same amount of weight during my 2nd pregnancy my body just didn’t bounce back the way it did after my 1st. So my question for your trainer is what exercises are best to get my mid-section more toned?

  11. Liz, you look amazing!! You are doing a great job, so keep it up.

    Do you do cardio the days you weight train or just weight training? I’m 35 with a 7 year old and twin 3 year olds and I’m finding it hard to get both in, so I choose. I think weights (HIIT or circuit training) makes the biggest difference in my body, but sometimes I can only squeeze a 4 mile run in. So I guess my question for your trainer is which is more important.. weights or cardio?!

  12. I had twin boys about 6 weeks ago and also have a 2 year old. My abs separated with the twin pregnancy, which I guess is super common. I have been told that there are certain ab workouts you should avoid with this. Can he recommend what to stay away from and what to do?

  13. Great post Liz, loved hearing about your journey after Jack. I had my second in September and having been trying to get back in shape but the struggle is real. Would love to hear more about specifics of your diet changes (I think mine could use some adjustments too😉). Also curious if your trainer has a weight routine he recommends that could be done at home. Also what healthy snacks he recommends. Thanks!

  14. I love you and your blog. I am so tired of following these stick thin bloggers who don’t make up the majority of their followers body types. I always have to remind myself that I can not compare my body to theirs. Our makeup is completely different and it’s all about how you feel. That’s kind of my motto. “How do you feel in your skin today?” Keep it up girlfriend!

  15. Hey Liz, I have a 10 week old and a toddler. I love early morning workouts and frankly cannot work out in the evening with the craziness of baths and dinner and all of that after work. What I find challenging is I don’t know when my infant will feed in the mornings so going to work out at a set time is never possible. How did you manage this with breastfeeding?

  16. Great post, Liz! I think you look *insert flame emoji*! I can’t wait for the Q&A post with your trainer. I’d also love to know what specifically you do on your cardio days at home and gym.
    xoxo Logan

  17. Thanks for sharing this! I had a baby about a month before you had Jack, so I’m right there with ya! One question for your trainer is safe ab excercises in general for post-baby. I recently completed BBG and the ab stuff was so hard and almost damaging at times.

  18. Would love to understand Best core exercises after Baby, specifically anything that can help after c-section.

  19. Does your trainer have any tips for getting “your butt back”?! My butt completely disappeared during pregnancy and never came back.

  20. I have loved watching your fitness journey! It is so real and relatable. You are so right–you need to be stronger than your excuses, though it’s easier said than done. It is so encouraging to see someone set a reasonable workout schedule, be able to stick to it, and have results. You go girl!