Exercise has also been a passion of mine and something I have truly enjoyed. I have loved exercise since I was 16 years old when I realized it could help me feel better and bonus for looking better too.
Getting pregnant didn’t stop me one bit. I exercised all throughout my pregnancy, right up until a few days before birth; it helped me mentally and physically, not only prepare for birth but prepare for that 4th trimester.
As you're getting used to your body again (after holding a beautiful baby for quite some time) you may want to get back to movement, whether that's a mental or physical reason, it can still show up pretty heavily.
I wanted to get moving after the first month or so, but knew I needed to take my time or I could risk overdoing it, which I did not want to do as that can cause permanent issues (especially for that pelvic floor).
I have been doing some pelvic floor exercises (sent to me from my pelvic floor therapist), some arm workouts and walking, but now I wanted to up my game.
This last week I started running again for the first time in over a year. I LOVED it! I had missed it so much and it's something my little guy and I can do together! I have started very slow (again didn't want to overdo it) with the couch to 10k app which keeps me in check.
Here are a few tips as you transition to working out postpartum!
- Start gradually; it’s important not to push yourself and put undue stress on your body.
- Focus on core and pelvic floor exercises; a pelvic floor specialist can be a great resource
- Stay hydrated; so important, especially if you are breastfeeding
- Listen to your body; if something doesn’t feel right, take a step back or adjust the workout.
- Be patient; your body is completely different now, give yourself a little grace.
I'd love to hear your experience with working out after having a baby!