‘I wasn’t worried about my body’ Mum shamed for exercising four weeks after giving birth reveals why she had to do it

A mum has opened up about being shamed for exercising four weeks after giving birth, even though she had a very important reason to do so.

Most new mums miss their pre-baby body, and getting back in back in shape is their number one reason for getting back into exercising.

But that wasn’t the case for Massy Arias, a well known personal trainer in the US. The mum went back to the gym four weeks after welcoming her first child, even though the recommended recovery period is usually six weeks.

After revealing she was back to her workout regime, the mum was criticised on social media for working out too soon after welcoming her baby, but now she’s opened up about why she needed to exercise – and getting her pre-baby body back was not her top priority.

Make it work, find a way. Happy Saturday tribe. How are you moving today? Yes, that’s @growingupindi blowing you kisses 😚 💏. The boss didn’t want to stay in the stroller or with @willy_beamen so I strapped her on and I made it work. 🛑Three rounds of 30seconds each exercise. Perform as many reps as you can for the 30second duration. WWW.MASSYARIAS.COM #momlife #motivation #childofGod _____________________________________________________________ La jefa @growingupindi no quizo quedarse en el coche mientras entrenaba, así que me la puse encima y hice lo mejor que pude. Como madres debemos encontrar cualquier manera de seguir nuestras rutinas. Unos días serán más difíciles que los otros. 🛑 3 series de 30 segundos por ejercicio. Realiza cuántas repeticiones puedas en los 30 segundos dados. Repite tres veces y aquí tienes una rutina fácil y eficiente! Dale! Y si, ya la Indi está tirando besos. Que rápido esta creciendo. Esta tan deliciosa que me la como a pedacitos! #hijadecristo

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The mum, who welcomed daughter Indi last year, revealed that she was suffering from anxiety and depression, which she’d suffered from before, so she knew exercise would make her feel better.

She told Parents magazine: ‘I had struggled with depression and anxiety before, so I knew what was happening. But I couldn’t do what I knew I needed to do to get better: exercise.’

‘I did start again four weeks postpartum, but some followers wrote things like, “Oh Massy, you are supposed to be resting, not getting your body back.” But I wasn’t worried about my body; I needed to feel better. Comments implying I wasn’t doing what was best for Indi messed with my head.’

Okay so here it is, 9 days #postpartum. Recovering and eating as best as I can with enough caloric surplus for milk supply. I've been counting my macros and using my 8-week macro friendly program which is available on my website (click link in my bio). You saw how active I was during my pregnancy and how well I ate. I had a natura labor with no complications (thank God and to this lifestyle). I am still practicing what I believe in : food is medicine and I don't deprive myself from any food groups. I just EAT WHOLE AND EAT WELL. Mantain my protein intake high to support muscle (thank you @trusupplements for that amazing plant based protein. That was my life savior and still is). I drink about a gallon of fluids (mostly water). With the macro calculator on my program I've hit "mantain" with no exercise (of course). And apply 600-800 extra calories to support my milk supply. It's amazing what you can do when you know specifically what to eat. I do miss movement but first, I have to heal properly. THIS POST ISN'T INTENDED TO SET ANY EXPECTATIONS OR TO BE NEGATIVE. WE HAVE ALL DIFFERENT JOURNEYS. I LOVE YOU GUYS WWW.MASSYARIAS.COM _____________________________________________________________ 9 días #postparto Recuperandome y comiendo lo mejor que pueda con surplus calórico para el suministro de leche. He estado contando mis macronutrientes y usando mi programa de 8 semanas que calcula tus macros que está disponible en mi paguina (haga clic en el enlace en mi bio no aún en español ). Todos ustedes vieron mi actividad y mi nutrición durante mi embarazo. Practico lo que creo: la comida es medicina y no me privo de cualquier grupo de alimentos. Mantengo mi % de proteína alto para mantener mi masa muscular lo más que pueda (gracias @trusupplements por esa increíble proteína a base de plantas, que fue mi salvación antes y durante mi embarazo. Bebo alrededor de un galón de líquidos (principalmente agua). CADA MUJER ES DIFERENTE ! ESTA PUBLICACIÓN NO ESTÁ DESTINADA A ESTABLECER EXPECTATIVAS PARA NINGUNA MUJER, NI SER NEGATIVA. TENEMOS DIFERENTES JORNADAS Y COMIENZOS. NO SE LES OLVIDE. LAS AMO!

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‘The postpartum period was the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through, made worse because I was determined to breastfeed but my nipples were a bleeding mess.

‘Those first weeks, I would forget to eat. I would forget to bathe. It was all Indi, Indi, Indi. If she napped, I couldn’t sleep because I’d have to check to make sure she was breathing. I had so much anxiety. “Am I doing this right? Why is she crying so much? Those frickin’ hiccups, when will they go away?” I was crying every single day. I was losing it.’

Who is BACK in the gym again? I AM 😝🙌🏽 PS: Tuesday I'll be 4 weeks #postpartum. Video is sped up. READ BELOW 👇🏽💜Tag a friend, here is my first postpartum routine. Easing into small movements to strengthen my pelvic floor and abdominales safely. •Some tips: Kegels : this is a must. Start doing them asap! Leg slides: tighten your abdominal muscles pressing your lower back to the floor as you breathe out. Slide your feet away from your body slowly, using your abdominal muscles to keep your back flat on the floor. Glute bridges: make sure your hips are neutral. Squeeze those coconuts as you exhale and raise your hips to the ceiling. Tighten your core! Cat/Cow: Inhale as you pull your abs towards your spine, and slowly exhale stretching your abs. Six weeks is the approximate time most women will take off to fully heal (c-sections might take longer). We are all different so please consult a doctor first and get clearance. Putting together this pre-postpartum program will be so much fun! HAPPY SATURDAY LOVES…I AM SO HAPPY I WAS ABLE TO MOVE TODAY! WWW.MASSYARIAS.COM #childofGod #ma30day _____________________________________________________________ Quién es esa en el gym? Menciona a una amiga que haya tenido un bebe recientemente. Mi primera rutina postparto casi a 4 semanas de tener a @growingupindi. Estos son movimientos pequeños pero eficientes. Consulta a tu doctor 1ro antes de comenzar cualquier movimiento. Usualmente las mujeres que hayan tenido cesáreas necesitarán más tiempo para recuperarse. Consejos: Kegels: comiéncenlos de inmediato! Desplazamiento de pierna: mantén tu espalda baja pegada al piso todo el tiempo que hagas este movimiento y enfoca en contrae tus abdominales al bajar la pierna y exhalar. Puente: exhala y contrae tus abdominales al subir tus caderas al cielo. Mantén us caderas siempre neutrales y aprieta bien los cocos. Gato/Vaca: inhala al hacer el gato. Imagina que llevas tus abdominales a tu espina al hacer el movimiento y exhala y estira tus abdominales. Repite estos ejercicios 3-4 veces de una forma lenta y moderada. Enfócate en conectar tu mente con tus músculos. Concéntrate en las respiraciones! #Hijadecristo

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The mum then went on to say that as well as exercise, she found that opening up about her worries with her family also helped her overcome the difficult postpartum period.

‘The best thing I did was to communicate how I was feeling to my mom and [Arias’ husband] Stefan,’ she says.

‘If you bottle it up, you will be in trouble. It’s important to remember that he only knew I needed help because I told him’, the mum says about her husband.