Returning to Exercise after birth!

Hi Beautiful Mummies!

I thought I would write about my experience of birth, which includes my returning to exercise.

So, the birth of my daughter, went absolutely nothing to plan, which resulted in an emergency C-Section. (I will save the details for another time) But, after a couple of days in hospital being barely able to move, I knew the recovery was going to take a while. The day of being released I was very excited and I couldn't wait to get my baby home & enjoy this time with my husband & daughter. I was also looking forward to being given a rehabilitation plan from the doctors on how to recover from a c-section. Well, that certainly didn't happen & the only information that I got (from a midwife) was, dont lift anything, dont drive & dont put the washing on the line for 6 weeks. I honestly couldn't believe that this was the only information that I was being given. Then fast forward to my "6 week check up", I was told by my GP, that everything was fine & to start doing crunches to strengthen my abdominals up. What the??
As a qualified personal Trainer, I couldn't believe what I was hearing. (Btw- it was definitely this moment that I knew I had to go and further my studies to help all us Mummies out there with the recovery process of Pregnancy!)

Anyway, going back to my departure day & barely being able to walk out of the hospital with hardly any information given, I knew this was going to take a while to recover! I was lucky that I had my Mumma with me for a few weeks to help with all the daily things that needed to be done. Like the washing, cleaning & cooking! Yes, my Mumma even made our dinners for my brand new family, every night! Then my husband had time off over the xmas holidays, so I was fully covered for quite some time to be able to just simply rest.
And yes, thats what I did.... I rested as much as I could to let my body heal properly. As there was 1 thing my husband said to me "Dont rush your recovery.... Take your time.... And only do things when your body tells you, you can. The last thing you want is to hurt yourself and have to start all over again at square 1". So along the way, this kept coming back into my head, especially when it was just week 2 and I thought I could drive. But I knew I couldn't, as my body took quite a while to heal.
Some days, I would just be walking to the other end of the house and my Pelvis felt like it was tearing apart. It wasn't until I was 10 weeks post partum, that I knew I could start walking again, slowly but surely, I was walking.

For the next 2 months, I was only walking ( plus working on my breathing, Kegels & pelvic floor!)
as I wanted to slowly build my fitness up & take my time. I started with only being able to walk a few hundred metres to walking 10kms easily with out any pain or niggling feeling around my pelvic area. So once I had achieved that, I knew I was ready to slowly introduce weights again. (it was fun though, walking nearly every day with my brand new baby in her pram ) It was 5 months post partum, that I slowly introduced this. But i started with just body movements. Squats, Lunges, pushups... but with no weight. Again , I had to wait a while until I could add the load (weights) as these movements started the pressure & pain in my Pelvic area. So once I knew I was ready I started loading my functional movements or as my Trainers call it "The Mummy Movements".

I am now 12 months post partum & I can honestly say, that I am so grateful for my husband planting that seed in my head,to not rush, as you dont want to have to start all over again! I listened to my body & took my time to start training again & I have had no issues. If I rushed it & started too early (like I probably would have ) I bet I wouldn't even be able to lift my little girl up. And after having my baby, it was no longer about being lean & looking my best. It is now all about my baby girl & just simply becoming strong & being able to keep up with her. I want to be able to do everything with her & being strong, healthy & fit is a big part of it.

Thank you for reading & making it this far. Keep an eye out on my page, as I will continue to share parts of my training with you. And please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about returning to exercise!

Jess ~ Nurturing Massage & Fitness.

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