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Setting Obtainable Goals Post Pregnancy

Setting Obtainable Goals Post Pregnancy

For the past 9 months, your body has moved through one of the most beautiful life-changing transformations.

The demands placed on a pregnant woman’s body are partly due to hormonal changes and to the physical strains that come with carrying the extra weight of a growing baby. Once the long journey has reached the end many women are left with a body that may feel foreign to what they once knew.

This unchartered territory may seem like an uphill battle for most women post-pregnancy and the need for a sliver of normalcy may seem out of reach. Three things to remember:

1. This is NORMAL and EXPECTED

2. Healing is natural and will take time

3. It is POSSIBLE to regain control of your body

Where should I begin? 

It is important to set goals that are both realistic and obtainable throughout the journey of regaining control of your body.

Consider these guidelines:

  • Take time to warm up and cool down
  • Begin slowly and increase your pace gradually
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Wear a supportive bra, and wear nursing pads if you’re breastfeeding in case your breasts leak
  • Stop exercising if you feel pain
  • It is recommended that you begin post-pregnancy with 30-60 min low-moderate intensity walking 3-5x/week

Listen to your body, rest appropriately and progress slowly. Just like anything else it is a process, but with setting reachable and obtainable goals, putting in the hard work and dedication you can begin to rebuild and construct the new YOU!

Kaitlin Iversen, PT, DPT, Cert. DN

Kaitlin Iversen

Prior to joining the React team, Kaitlin spent 3 years treating a variety of orthopedic injuries of all age groups. Joining the React team allows her the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of professionals who continuously strive to maintain an adaptive and creative approach within the clinical setting.

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