You’ve probably heard about that 6 week appointment after you give birth, You go to your GP, get a quick check-up and get the ‘good to go’ (in more ways than one). Right?
Thats what I thought too… but it turns out that it takes a LOT longer to recover from both the pregnancy and birth, for most women.
Did you know that the Relaxin hormone (the hormone that causes softening of the ligaments) takes up to a year after weaning to leave your body?
And thats just the start of it.
- Your stomach muscles will likely still be separated, causing pain and discomfort in your lower back (not to mention the mum belly it causes)
- Your fitness levels will likely have dropped during the course of your pregnancy, and you may feel frustrated at how ‘unfit’ you are
- You will very likely be carrying around some extra kilos, making everything just a little harder
- The exhaustion (you are probably getting a lot less sleep) and changes related to having a new baby will be taking it’s toll on your body
- Sex will likely not feel as comfortable (for a lot of women, it continues to be uncomfortable until you have finished breastfeeding!)
- Your pelvic floor muscles will be WEAK.
So what can you do to help your body ‘recover’ more quickly?
- See a physio to help with any issues you may be having
- Try some (low impact) exercise regularly such as swimming or walking
- Get as much sleep as possible
- Drink lots of water
- Eat a healthy, well balanced diet. But DON’T DIET
- Get out in the sunshine and fresh air every day
- Have some lube handy for sex
- DO YOUR PELVIC FLOOR EXERCISES.
Most importantly, be kind and lenient on yourself, remembering that it took 9 months to grow that baby and it’ll likely take at least as long to get back to your old self.
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