When returning to exercise postpartum, a shift in mindset can be needed.
You might be eager to get back into training like before, although your body isn't fully recovered from the pregnancy yet.
Most women will get a check-up by the doctor after six weeks, and if everything is good, they will get the green light to start working out again.
Now, this is where the change in mindset comes in, "green light" Doesn't mean "pick up where you left it."
Before you start to work out again, give yourself some time to focus on the healing process.
- See a pelvic floor therapist
- Breathing and Kegel exercises; you can start doing as soon you get home from the hospital.
- Eat nutritious food that will help you feel good and recover faster.
- Improving your sleep quality ( which can be one of the hardest things to do when you have a newborn)
- Go for walks outside
- Set up new routines that include creating time for yourself.
Once you feel you have a little bit more control over these things,
It's wise to start a Postpartum program that will help you reconnect with your body before hitting the gym or going for a 10k run like you used to do. See it as rehabbing the body after an injury, when you will take your time to build the tissue around the wound stronger to support the load.
This is what an excellent postpartum program will do for you
- Teach you how to move better with your body's changes.
- Teach you different breathing patterns that will help support the pelvic floor while exercising or doing daily tasks.
- Troubleshoot any symptoms, tendencies, or movements that might cause issues and show you how to deal with them.
- It helps you connect with other moms who have gone through similar experiences.
If the above resonates with you, join me during a small group PT on one of these days.
Tuesdays 9:30 am
Wednesday 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am
PS. The first session is on me :-)