The Quick Upper-Body Workout to Get You Back in Shape Postpregnancy

The following post was written by Erin and originally featured on Fit Bottomed Girls| a blog she founded with Jenn W.| which is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

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As I write this update| the new addition to my family is one month old. I just had my follow-up postpartum appointment with my doctor| and while I didn’t get the total “all clear” to exercise due to some residual shooting thigh and pelvic pain that’s leftover from pregnancy| I’m going to slowly start to add exercise back in as I can. So while I’m not going to start running or Zumba-ing until that pain goes away| I am going to start trying to do some strength training to ease back into exercise. I’m basically going to go with the “if it hurts| don’t do it” philosophy until I’m back up and running (literally) again. So for my first workout back| I opted out of lower-body anything and did this super-quick upper-body workout. It took me less than 15 minutes| and even though I only used 3-pound weights (yeah| I’m feeling slightly wimpy| guys)| I still felt it. I did 20 reps of each move (or until I was too fatigued to continue) for two circuits.

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I’m hoping everything will get to feeling better in a couple of weeks| but I may also have to start looking into other low-impact exercises like Pilates or swimming.

Have you ever had to give half of your body a break? Did your other half get super buff?