30 Apr Postpartum Exercise: Is Your Body Ready?
This is a tough question to answer without seeing you, asking you about your delivery, and talking to you about the type of exercise you want to get back into. However, whether in person or here, if you think you’re ready for postpartum exercise, here’s some advice.
1. Respect your body & what it’s been through.
You have just grown a human inside you and delivered it vaginally or via C-section – both of which (let’s face it) are a trauma! Would you tell your parent who’s just had open heart surgery to get at it and push themselves physically after? No. There’s a process to healing and allowing the body to rest and recover. However…
2. It’s good to move.
Don’t be afraid to move as your body feels comfortable. I’m not suggesting you remain inactive in that first 6-8 week period. Of course you still need to do your day to day activities like laundry, taking the kids to school, or doing the grocery shopping. If you feel your body can handle a bit more, then do a bit more!
3. Listen to your body.
Our bodies are smart and generally tell us when something isn’t right. Symptoms you shouldn’t ignore:
- Vaginal or rectal heaviness or pressure (sign your organs aren’t being optimally supported)
- Leaking (sign your pelvic floor needs some help)
- Pain anywhere (sign that you have some issues with alignment or muscle imbalances)
- Doming in your abdomen (sign of diastasis recti)
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms or, something doesn’t feel right, don’t push through. Take it as a sign that you’re not ready for postpartum exercise.
Our program, From the Inside Out, was created for this specific postpartum phase. This program helps you establish good habits in the early healing phase and rebuild your core foundation. Then, when you’re ready to up the intensity, your body is prepared. Our postnatal program incorporates three important pillars, (1) self-care, (2) postpartum body explained, and (3) manageable exercise.
4. Feel it out, take it slow.
When your body does feel ready for postpartum exercise, gradually ease into it so you’re not coming out of the gate too hot! Take it easy and give it some time.
So, to recap:
- Respect the healing phase
- Listen to your body
- Progress slowly
- Slow and steady wins the race
Check out our post on what is normal for postpartum bodies to learn about what other moms have experienced.