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