A Post C-Section Recovery Story – By MUTU Mama Charina
I have a mixed family – two older daughters, 17 and 15 years old and a 15-month-old. I had my first baby when I was 22 years old and my last at 38. The recovery between these two times is so vastly different! I am a SF Bay area-based yoga teacher, artist, and writer. Health and wellness have always been a big part of my life.
“I got on the yoga mat to practice, I did not feel right. Something felt off.”
I was about 9 weeks postpartum when I found MUTU. I finally had the clearance after my crash c-section to exercise, but when I got on the yoga mat to practice, I did not feel right. Something felt off. So, I sent an email to my yoga teacher and she said no practice for 6 months after a c-section. I was floored and also frankly quite depressed. I was so looking forward to getting back on the yoga mat, that this was really tough for me to hear. So I started to look for alternatives.
I could barely walk for the first 4 weeks and had to do the log and roll to get out of bed. After 6 weeks I would take very short walks down half the block and back again. Every step was excruciating and I always felt like my insides were about to fall out. Explicit I know, but it knocked the wind out of me.
I also discovered, much to my dismay, that I had diastasis recti. There was one day I felt like stretching out in a downward-facing dog, and I tried it and it did not feel right. MY core was GONE.
Though my mind knew that this would be temporary and that I need to really take it easy on myself, practice compassion and allow my body to heal, the kind of debilitating pain and immobility took me by surprise.
“This birth did not align with my expectations and memory of my first two birth experiences. This contributed a lot to my feeling hopelessness and self-blame.”
Because my first two births were vaginal (though I did also have some tearing with my first baby) my post-birth experience with my third baby was so different. This birth did not align with my expectations and memory of my first two birth experiences. This contributed a lot to my feeling of hopelessness and self-blame.
“Now, here is someone who truly understands what I’m going through.”
I did an online search and found a bunch of programs on YouTube. I don’t recall exactly how The first video I saw of Wendy speaking about the program inspired me. Her words were so kind and I remember thinking “now, here is someone who truly understands what I’m going through.” It was so evident that it was a no brainer for me to choose MUTU as part of my road to recovery.
“I’m so thankful that MUTU was the bridge that got me to where I am today.”
My favorite part of the program? The talks and of course, the exercises! I remember my teenage daughter watching me do one of the exercises and she said “wow, this looks like an actual workout mom.” I thought it was pretty funny.
I completed the program and within a few weeks, I was back to my yoga practice. While I’m still healing, I can still feel that burn in my abs that indicate that things are still knitting together, I feel stronger every day. My physical yoga practice is little by little returning and I’m so thankful that MUTU was the bridge that got me to where I am today.
What would I say to my ‘before MUTU self’? “Mama, don’t worry, you WILL feel WHOLE again.”
“I’m thankful for the MUTU program as it gave me HOPE when I had very little of it.”
If you have the resources, save yourself some time which is incredibly valuable to all mamas. MUTU is intelligent by design and will give you exactly what you need as you make your road back to recovery. The exercises are timely and build as your strength grows and the pep talks and nutrition advice invaluable when you need that little “pick me up.”
I’m thankful for the MUTU program as it gave me HOPE when I had very little of it. I think it also made an impact on my teenage daughters who saw that despite the challenges life may give us, there is a way to pick ourselves up and keep going. I think as young women it’s vital for them to know that with the right set of tools and guidance they have the power to come back from whatever may knock them down, even if that thing that knocks you off your feet is the INCREDIBLE gift of creating and birthing LIFE into this world.
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