When mums first come to Go Mum and tell me about their postnatal return to exercise journey, it usually follows one of the following themes:
Firstly, I don’t want you to feel bad if you see yourself in any of these options. I did all three myself! We do the best with the information we have available at the time. What I want is to give women access to better information so they can make informed decisions and manage their own postnatal recovery with confidence.
Unfortunately, when it comes to postnatal recovery:
Occasionally, I get a mum that has been seeing a pelvic floor physiotherapist since birth, has been diligent with their rehab exercises and is ready to explore more movement. This makes me so excited. Somewhere along the line, she has been given some great advice, or been wise enough to realise her body is not the same since pregnancy and she is giving it the time, strategies and nourishment to heal. While her progress may seem slow in the beginning, her long-term outcomes are likely to be more significant and long lasting. #bighighfive #gomum
So how can you become the master of your own recovery journey?
While there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to developing a return to exercise plan, there are a few guidelines every mum can follow to have a successful return to exercise:
1. Know your body
2. Take your time, lay the foundations
3. Do your research
4. Check your trainer’s credentials
Postnatal exercise is a bit like the Three Bears. It can’t be too hard, or too soft. It needs to be just right, FOR YOU!
It can be hard to get that balance on your own. If you would like some help putting together your very own postnatal recovery plan, book in with Christine for a one on one consultation. You can also book in for our Postnatal Return to Exercise Course here, or post a question about postnatal recovery on our Go Mum Closed Group – The Go Mum Community.
Christine Percy is the owner of Go Mum! and an advocate for improved postnatal care for mothers. Her personal experience with diastasis and prolapse have fueled her interest in recovery strategies and the modifying of exercise to ensure women with these issues can still enjoy the benefits of movement.
Christine is a verified provider with Health at Every Size and is a member of the Continence Foundation and Fitness Australia.
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