My inbox is constantly pinging with questions about postpartum fitness and recovery on a daily basis. One of the more common queries I get is. How soon can I get back to (fill in the blank)?
With a huge emphasis in the media on ‘getting back into shape’ after pregnancy and birth, I don’t blame these moms for asking this question.
By the way. I go into detail about how to know when you are ready to do these exercises over here. Check it out.
But today I want to get down to the nitty gritty, of what really matters when your postpartum body doesn’t make you feel great and when it’s not working as it should.
Sometimes it can feel like a race to get back to perceived ‘normal’ after having your baby. It seems everything is geared towards getting your pre-baby body back and doing it as quickly as possible. The sad truth is, that gym mom you feel kinda envious of, she very likely has a string of problems she’s trying to ignore with a smile and hoping they’ll go away with more intensive training.
Postpartum recovery is NOT a race and it certainly should NOT be rushed. Put simply. Your body will tell you when it’s ready and shouldn’t be pushed or hurried along.
In the short term, you might feel good doing certain workouts you’ve been dying to get back to, but, in the long term you could in fact be causing more damage and making things worse.
This is the BEST piece of advice I can give you as a mom.
That body of yours (that you’re feeling a bit disconnected from right now) took 9 whole months to grown your beautiful baby and it may have done this numerous times for you. Give it a break.
It’s going to take a little while to heal and feel good again. And what you must do is care for it, nurture it, in an unhurried and relaxed manner. Trust in the process and trust in your body.