We don’t just love moms, we are moms. With over 6,000 moms working for maurices alone, we’re excited to turn the spotlight on one of our newest moms, Jamie. As a wellness instructor right here at the home office, we caught up with Jamie on how she’s adjusting to being a new mom (and her new body) all while juggling work, working out, and everything in between. And if you read on, there’s even a bonus workout you can do with your little one or skip right to it now…
Describe your first month with a new baby.
The first month with our new baby girl was exhilarating. In some aspects, I felt that I was over prepared, so some things were less stressful than anticipated. Taking care of the baby was the easy part…but taking care of me and learning how my body had changed was a bit more challenging.
How has being a mom changed you and what has surprised you the most so far?
What has surprised me the most is how natural it is to be a mom, but oh man, do you quickly realize how much you don’t know!
Words to mom by?
A real mom: emotional, yet the rock. Worried, but full of hope. Impatient, yet patient. Overwhelmed, but never quits. Amazing, even though doubted. Wonderful, even in the chaos. Life changer, every single day.
What would you say to new moms about adjusting to their post-baby body?
Be kind to yourself, adjust your expectations, and keep a positive attitude!
How do you balance work, working out and being a mom?
I have my tennis shoes and workout clothes packed with me at all times. That way if I get any spare time during the day, I don’t have the excuse of “I forgot my clothes or shoes.” I also love getting creative by working out with my baby…see below for a 20-minute workout anyone can do all while having fun with your little one!
Basic front squat (3 sets, 1 minute each) – keeping your knees in line with your ankles and a tall chest, slowly begin to push your hips back and lower down. As you stand back up, make sure you stand up tall and give a good squeeze at the top.
Shoulder press (3 sets, 1 minute each) – start with your legs split apart, in a slight lunge for balance. Two-in-one exercise right here! Using your babe or a weight, begin to slowly press overhead and control the movement as you bring it back down.
Deadlift & row (3 sets, 1 minute each) – keeping your back and shoulders flat, start to hinge at your hips to lower down. At the bottom of the movement, pull baby up to your chest and lower back down for the row. Then return to a standing position to complete the movement. Make sure to get some tickles in during this exercise!
Push-ups (3 sets, 1 minute each) – starting in a flat, front plank position, bend your elbows to slowly lower your body down to steal a smooch from baby before pressing your arms straight back up to the starting position. For an easy modification, drop your knees…
Glute bridge (3 sets, 1 minute each) – lying flat on your back, knees bent in, have baby sit on your hips for an extra challenge. Pushing down through your heels, lift your hips high off the floor and squeeze your buns at the top. Slow and control the movement back down to the floor to really get a good hamstring and back workout.
Leg raises (3 sets, 1 minute each) – lying flat on your back, begin with your legs straight up in the air. Baby can sit on your hips again or lift them into the air for a bonus core challenge. Squeezing both knees straight and pointing your toes, begin to lower your legs to the floor and raise them back up to the starting position. A great modification would be to perform the movement with one leg at a time or combination of both. Make sure not to hold your breath – you got this!