The quickest road to a postnatal recovery, is often the slowest…
I’ve been in the fitness industry a LONG time, working my way up from a new trainer straight outta college, to a group exercise instructor (#stepjunkieforever) and now a coach that dedicates my career to postnatal fitness. When I am out at my local gyms or Crossfit boxes, or scanning social media, I can’t help but cringe and feel the need to reach out when I see new moms at the gym.
New moms pushing their 6 week old babies into the gym ready to take a class or get back on the cardio equipment to ‘get their bodies back’. Telling themselves that they just need to ‘listen to their bodies’ and back off if something hurts. Hashtagging #fitmominspiration or #postbabybod on social media and praying that what they are doing will make them feel like themselves again.
I get it though. Because I was that mom. My friends are those moms. And unfortunately the mindset that we need to reverse 10 months of change as quickly as possible, runs rampant in our culture.
Is there a prize for growing and delivering your baby sooner than we should? No. Because we know that would be harmful to the baby.
So why do we continue this persistent race to change our bodies without regard for the harm it could cause us?
I remind my clients again and again that “the quickest path to recovery is often the slowest”. And that’s tough to hear, for all of us. But it’s something that needs to be said and heard.
But what does that even mean? How do we begin to make the best choices for our recovery and health?
Here are a few ways to get started:
- This is a no brainer, but, it took 10 months for your body to grow your baby and nurture it. It should be given the equal amount of time to recover from this amazing feat. A 6 week check up and being “cleared” for exercise does not mean we should dash out and slay an intense workout.
- Just because you CAN, doesn’t mean you should. You might be able to run a marathon or deadlift 200#, but what is the RISK vs the REWARD that comes with this type of behaviour?
- Our body had a strategy for growing our babies. We should have one for recovery. Taking into account things like Hormones (which can be disrupted by a short recovery), Sleep (what is this again?), Stress (good & bad), and Birth trauma (both psychological and physical)
- During pregnancy and after – we should be training for function. Train for lifting car seats, groceries, climbing stairs, playing with children and other day to day tasks. No one wants to be that mom that threw her back out doing laundry. Get the support of a coach that understands how to program exercise for your life.
- Last of all, grow your support network. Get as much educated information as you can about your new body. Pelvic health physios, postnatal fitness specialists, OBGYN and even a massage therapists and naturopath.
Exercise at any stage of life has so many positive benefits; but postnatally, it allows us to be physically health, ward off postpartum depression and introduce us to other moms dealing with the same highs and lows we are experiencing.
The exercise however must make sense. It must be purposeful, gradual and programmed in a deliberate way to allow for healing and success.
Slow and steady mama. This one body is the only one we have and it’s meant to be vibrant and strong. Let’s give it it’s best chance at thriving.
My name is Christy and I help moms return to exercise after baby. I am also the creator of “Moms Return To Training – A playbook for being active baby”.
This FREE playbook gives you the tools you need to begin your journey to exercise after having your baby, without fear and uncertainty. It even contains a full workout. It’s made for moms, by a mom that has been where you are and how it feels to want to be active and have a lot of questions.
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