Postpartum Fitness: Things to Remember
I recall talking with a buddy about my post-partum workout plan around a month before my due date. After delivering the baby, reality hit me hard. I realized that getting back into physical condition would take longer than I had anticipated. My pelvic floor needed to be strengthened. I was frantically searching for any hint that I still had core muscles, and I was exhausted and dizzy from lack of sleep. Many of the mothers I spoke with had similar interludes.
We were all taken aback by the post-partum body’s appearance compared to that of a pregnant woman. Atrophied muscles, poor posture, an achy physique, and general exhaustion were also common complaints. New mothers should always be realistic and patient when getting back into a post-partum workout regimen. The body undergoes a massive alteration to release a baby, whether temporary, protracted, or surgical labor.
Every new mama needs to understand that it took 40 weeks for the body to get out of shape. There’s no way you blink your eyes and get fit. Stop panicking and rushing. Enjoy the process and believe in even the least progress. Little progress is still progress.
You’re Different Yet Amazing
Post-partum recovery is no game. It will not be the same for you as other mothers. Just because someone you know is back to the gym doesn’t mean you have to be there as well. There can be many complications such as C-sections, post-partum depression, and whatnot. And even with no difficulty, there’s no point in rushing. Keep it slow and be considerate about your health.
Get Ready for Aches and Pains
Some things never intend to leave you. The Relaxin hormone is one of them. It stays with you even after your sunshine is born. Many mothers suffer from intense wrist pain due to the baby rocking responsibility that they have. In severe cases, you may have to attend chiro and acupuncture to get back to the normal wrist from a mother’s wrist.
Not in Mood
General depression, and especially post-partum depression, hit hard. All the hormones forget normal pacing. Being extra emotional and having random mood swings can influence your interest in gym and exercise. It’s better to seek help in case of post-partum depression rather than suffer alone in silence.
Well, if you’re a breastfeeding mom, you need to know the pros and cons of intense workouts. For your information, strenuous workouts and exercise can sometimes collide with your milk production and supply. In that case, it is important to have a good diet and plenty of water to keep your milking 100%.
The importance of pelvic floor physiotherapists is immense at this stage. Do you love certain activities? Say no more with pelvic floor physiotherapists. They ease these activities for you. Some mamas tell they dribble during a workout, which is a common symptom of pelvic floor dysfunction. This, in turn, means you need a pelvic floor physiotherapist. This is a step not to miss.
Be Kind to Your New Mom Body
Here’s a gentle reminder: Don’t be harsh on yourself. You have been through a tough process, and your body cooperated through this time a lot. This is the time for you to cooperate with your body. Achieving your fitness goals is not a race. It’s progress that won’t happen overnight.
I hope this blog was a helping hand for you to remember how important and amazing you and your body are. Also, it might help you to understand the keys to post-partum fitness schedules. Let’s keep this conversation going. Let’s make the subtle difference (what moms truly desire) more accepted and understood.