2020 has been a big year for Anna Victoria. On the personal front, after a two-year battle with infertility, the Fit Body Guides creator welcomed her first child, Aurora Vittoria Ferretti, in August.
But Victoria has been busy at work, too. She’s been developing a series of updates to her Fit Body app, including the launch of a pregnancy workout program and the introduction of three new trainers.
Victoria says being a first-time mom motivated her to bring something new to the Fit Body app that would specifically cater to her fellow mamas. “You hear about how hard being a mom is, but you really can’t comprehend it until you go through it yourself,” she tells Shape. “There are so many emotions and so many new things you have to learn — and in the midst of it all, you’re constantly feeling like you’re doing something wrong.”
In addition to emotional ups and downs, Victoria says she’s had some physical challenges during her postpartum journey as well. One week after her (unplanned) C-section in August, she says, she couldn’t even sit up on her own. “It took me two weeks to walk without pain,” she shares. “When you have a newborn, you don’t expect to be going through that. It’s a lot to juggle, which has, at times, been very hard.” (Related: 7 Moms Share What It’s Really Like to Have a C-Section)
It wasn’t until she was three weeks postpartum that Victoria started feeling more like herself again, she says. “Every week since then, I’ve gotten exponentially better,” she explains.
But when she was cleared by her doctor to work out again in September at around six weeks postpartum, Victoria knew she wasn’t physically capable of diving back in just yet. “I couldn’t even think about it,” she says. “I know my body and I just wasn’t ready.”
Instead, from weeks 6-8, Victoria says she focused on breathing techniques to start feeling in tune with her body again. “I felt like building a mind-muscle connection with my core was a good place to start,” she says. (Related: Fitness Influencer Anna Victoria Fights Back Against Pregnancy Workout Shaming)
The following week, Victoria started inching her way back into a workout routine. Her first “true” workout, she says, was a beginner-level, low-impact lower-body workout from her Fit Body app. “I even ditched the weights, but I still couldn’t walk for a week [after that first workout],” she admits. “I didn’t expect to be that sore! It was so hard.”
The experience was not only humbling for Victoria, a seasoned trainer, but it also inspired her to bring more pregnancy-, postpartum-, and beginner-friendly workouts to the Fit Body app — plus a new group of trainers to teach them.
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