The Ultimate Lowdown On Postpartum Exercise
Truth be told, most new mums simply don’t have the time to dedicate to exercise following the birth of their little one. After all, this is the period where we suddenly define a new stage of tiredness, and our life completely turns on its head.
However, there are a select few who do pay attention to this area – and are desperate to accelerate the process where their body turns to “normality”. This is the reason procedures like the mommy makeover have proven to be so popular over recent times.
Unfortunately, following the same path that you did before your pregnancy is unlikely to work here. Firstly, there is the elusive time factor, while secondly your body will take time to adapt to its new stage.
Following on from the above, let’s now take a look at some of the points you should take into account as you bid to get back your pre-baby body.
It’s a slow process
Firstly, let’s not disguise the fact that this could be a slow progress. Will you be able to jump straight back into your old routine? Unfortunately not. Instead, it’s all about gently pushing your body forward.
In the days after giving birth, if your tiredness allows, try walking. Let’s not forget that exercise doesn’t have to constitute a tiring workout at the gym, it can also involve a brisk walk for a few minutes.
If you find that you can complete this without any side effects, such as bleeding, cramps or aches, you can progress to something more strenuous.
On the subject of bleeding…
It might not be the most attractive subject, but you really need to listen to your body in relation to bleeding. After a short period, your bleeding will stop, but some women find that it restarts following exercise.
Of course, if you are worried you should get this checked out. At the same time, it can be completely normal, and is just a subtle sign from your body that you need to slow down the exercise regime for now – and resume once you have fully recovered.
You might have to prioritize different exercises
While you may have once relied on the likes of Pilates to get you through your week, for the time being at least you might have to change things up. The problem with these sorts of exercises, and also things like crunches, is that they place a lot of pressure on the pelvic floor. The upshot of this is that it can take longer for this area to heal and in the worst case, you may even put your organs at risk.
As such, focus on strengthening this area. Take a look at one of the many Kegel routines to help you along your way.
Your joints might react differently
Another point we should allude to relates to the general condition of your joints. During the pregnancy phase, a hormone called Relaxin is released. The purpose of this hormone is to relax your ligaments and joints, all with the aim of making childbirth a whole lot easier for you.
Of course, there are side effects. One of these is that your joints are suddenly weakened and from an exercise perspective, this is obviously important. As such, try and bear this in mind when designing your new exercise routine.