I useed a teutonina 3 wheeler style pushchair for the first 6 months with DS that I had for first DD who is now 6. It has a lie flat possition so it was Ok to start with and we were only going around a very flat steady block.
It was fine then for DD as then I only ran up to 2 miles with it maximum with the oldest and the rest of the time it was fab for dog walking but very heavy and big to lug in and out of the car. So for car we use a mothecare cheapn cheerfull buggy.
When I stared running 4 and 5 miles and was regularly coverind 3 miles 3 times a week I appealed for DH for a lighter pushchair specifically designed for running. So for DS at 6 months( this jogger is only suitable from 6 months+) we got a babbyjogger performance with the 20inch wheels.
It has a really long wheelbase, reclines for an older child to sleep, has a good firm harness and the sun cannoppy is very good as it is in 3 pieces and you can almost pull it over them completely. So no worries if the hat won't stay on. Ours came with a raincover and some sheepskin covers for the straps. For running it is great, if the wind is behind you it runs itself (so I always attach the saftey strap to my knickers). It is hard to jog into wind but more streamlined than my other. In my first month I have taken 3-4 mins of the longer run times and my 5k best this year is 25.20 without 26.19 with pushchair and it was nearly 30 mins with the older jogger.So I recomend it for running and dog walking. I managed to get it for around £250 online with the accessories but I think money well spent as 4 of 5 runs each week are with it. Nugative side it is quite big and you would need a big boot to drive it anywhere and the front big wheel gets in the way when I nip to the shops but I have a small buggy to do this job if needed.
Must go DS ready for bed now and crying. Feel free to ask further Q's if needed
I did get a flat stomach back after my first 2 doing lots of crunches, planks and aerobics teaching etc....just the waist was never the same. DH recons I actually looked better at 33 tone wise than when 23 when I had the tiny waist. But at 23 I was a gym bunny aerobics queen and never ran above 1 or 2 miles.
At 33 did more running than I ever had and a lot of weights as the gym I used to use offered a creche(now closed is the creche). Trained for a half marathon when most runs before this taianing had never been over 3 miles. And took part in local triathlons. In fact I never though of myself as a runner till the gym creche closed and my only constant training now is running with the pushchair or the turbo trainer in the garage.
I have never been less than a size 8 (only fell to that size when half mara training before i fell pregnant with no 3) and I will be happy when all my clothes fit not just the size 10 ones although there is not much left I can't wear now only a couple of paits of jeans.
I need to train for a half mara again as the last one I did was completed in 2 hours and 1 minute. I want to do under 2 hours so I'm not a super fast runner. Maybe when DS is in nursery I can do a marathon one day. My long run (with pushcahir) is back up to 8 miles so I will be building from there for our local half in October.
Oh dear I'm rambling now so I need to go as it is my tur to get the beer. Nice quiet eve in kids asleep and DH and I are treating ourself to a beer or too.
Someone mentioned (when DS was 4 months old) to me about wearing a corset pretty much as soon as you are out of hospital. Something to do with forcing the ribs and soft tissue back to where it should be. Apparrently it is something that celeb mums have done.
Note: I have no idea if it works or not or if it is just one of those crazy rumours that are started and someone mentioned it who haddn't tried it either.. I wouldn't want to try it as breast feeding was hard enough in mormal bras without wearing scaffolding too and I like to be able to breathe!!!
After children you find that your body shape changes. After my first I got back to pre pregnant weight but I still have some hot pants that I couldn't get done up on the waist and anything high waisted. After the second I went back to pre pregnant weight and my waist returned back as it had with number 1. Low waised jeans are great and not a problem and my hips/legs were slimmer than before number 1. Now with number 3 nearly 8 months old the weight is creeping off so slowly (i'm now 35). Still 5lbs to go and it loks like if I keep going as I am it will be a year before I am at pre pregnant weight(before all 3). I don't think I will ever have a 24 inch waist again and I have spoken to other mums about this and they have had similar experience with waist size.
I had 3 very normal/easy births with only minor compliations tears etc...
This is my experience My children are 6,4 and 7 months. On Sun I did my firs tri for 2 years and have improved on the bike, swim is the same but my run was 3 seconds down but I was quite pleased with overall.
For the first 2 weeks I did the abdominal exercises suggested by the physio (they give us a sheet of suitable exercises at our hospital) and only walked as much as I felt capable. As I was breast feeding I felt I got shaky if I did too much. The dog ran off 1 week after DS(child 3) was born and I chased after him and everything felt loose and wrong and I knew I was not ready for running. So do listen to your body.
Withe number 1 and 2 I had 2 aerobics classes running out of a local church hall and after 2 weeks I returned to teach those but I mostly walked my routines, did minimal squat/leg type exersices (I did mostly one or 2 demos them talked/counted) and did no impact til 6 weeks.
With each child I checked my abdominal gap at 2-3 weeks and as it had closed so I stared to do a little more stomach work say 10 curls and 10 secods plank and added in the odd mild toning exercise say 10 sqats, 10 lunges a few tricep dips and push ups. If I felt any discomfort I stopped instantly and did nothing the next day. I kept this up with a lot of walking to 6 weeks.
At six weeks I bounced thru an aerobics class with child 1 and 2 (or tried too) but I did gradually over the next month or 2 build up to full impact aerobics and running. I went to the gym at week 3 to do very mild exercise and from weeks 6-12 built back up to what I was doing before.
With child 3 I ran around our block with the jogger once at 6 weeks one day, did 10 mins step another, went for a short cycle one day and another I did more toning as my gym creche had closed. Now he is 7 months I can run up to 8 miles (the increase was gradual, cycle 20K, swim 1 mile no difficulty (then with swimming I only stopped while I had blood loss which was around 3-4 weeks). I returned to teach aerobics classes at around 22 weeks when my ML was up and went straight back almost as if I'd never stopped.
With each child I had trained and taught aerobics til the day I went into labour. I ran on the tradmil til DS was born but witht the others stoped running sooner dur to comfort really. I didn't cycle at all in 3rd pregnancy due to varracous veins and discomfort on the saddle but could run and swim. My weigth programm got adjusted to suit me as my body changed. I alwasys put on too much weigth though and still have 7lbs to loose.
Sorry this is a lnog post if anyone has any questions please feel free to ask.