"I was crying every single day. I was losing it."
In a cover interview with our sister magazine, Parents, fitness influencer Massy Arias opened up about suffering from postpartum depression and anxiety after giving birth to her daughter, Indi.
"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," she told Parents. "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." (This mom wants you to understand the "dark side" of pregnancy and motherhood.)
My workout buddy today why is Indi ready to fly this early on? She’s becoming so independent already ! . It’s incredible how all the little things we practice on a daily make a huge difference on our development. I’ll be showing you guys some of the things I do with Indi to practice crawling and walking. How’s everyone doing today? WWW.MASSYARIAS.COM #babyindi #momlife #ma30day #childofGod ______________________________________ Aquí con mi compañera de entrenamiento Pero porque esta niña ya quiere volar con solo 7 meses? Es increíble como todo lo que practicamos diariamente hace un gran impacto en nuestro desarrollo personal. Les estaré mostrando lo que hago con Indi para ayudarla a gatear y caminar. Que tal están todos ustedes hoy? WWW.MASSYARIAS.COM #hijadecristo #babygirl
Arias found that it helped to join a mothers' group. And she knew from previous experience with depression and anxiety that once she could start exercising again, it would make her feel better. She started to exercise as soon as she got clearance from her doctor.
"I did start again four weeks postpartum," Arias said. "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." (Related: Running Helped Me Finally Beat My Postpartum Depression)
Arias set the record straight on Instagram. "My main goal isn't to 'SnapBack' to my old body like society expects you to," she captioned a photo. "Even though looking in shape is rewarding and boosts your confidence, working out has never been about that for me."
Friday, Let's work tag a friend and read below! Leg day Core day. Creating stability with that slosh pipe filled with water to create an active resistance! This workout was TOUGH. Out of breath, exercise induced asthma creeping back, muscles ache and aren't firing properly, I am tight. THIS IS REAL AND NORMAL AFTER A BABY. My main goal isn't to "SnapBack" to my old body like society expects you to. Even though looking in shape is rewarding and boosts your confidence, working out has never been about that for me. My main goal right now is to improve my performance and get my muscle connection back. If you focus on your performance, the body will follow. The only expectation I have in my head, is to be a better version of myself everyday as a new mom and every darn day when I hit a workout. Watch me fly and be a bad-a$$ mom let's do this guys...all natural! @gtrainfitnesscenter thank you Garry! WWW.MASSYARIAS.COM #childofGod #4weekspostpartum #ma30day #fitmom _____________________________________________________________ Es viernes mi gente, a trabajar! Esta rutina fue muy dura. Me dolió hasta el alma, mi asma a vuelto, mis músculos no están disparando como antes, y la requises muscular es real. Todo esto es normal después de tener un bebe. Si me preguntan, mi enfoque no es volver a tener el cuerpo que tenía antes lo más rápido posible. Aunque estar en forma motiva y da mucha confianza, para mi ser activa nunca ha sido sobre esto solamente. Mi enfoque principal es volver a restablecer la conexión de mi cuerpo como antes. Si me enfoco en mi rendimiento físico, el cuerpo viene solo. Mi meta es ser una mejor versión de mi cada día como madre, y en cada aspecto de mi vida profesional y atlética. Será muy divertido este proceso. Así que únanse conmigo y vamos a la batalla! Todo al natural #hijadecristo #postparto
Once Arias was able to work out again, she started bringing Indi to the gym so she'd be able to exercise. "Slowly I started feeling like I knew what was right for us," she said. Now she regularly makes it work by strapping Indi to her back during a workout or using her stroller as resistance.
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