Last September my wife did something incredible, that I can't even begin to contemplate. She gave birth to our baby daughter Jessica.
Obviously, it is an incredible experience, but one that has quite an impact on the body. If you are thinking about returning to exercise after giving birth, these are my 3 top tips to help you get through that experience.
1. Unsubscribe from the ‘Bounce Back’ philosophy.
Your body grew another human being in 9 months, it deserves some time off.
Do what you can, when you can with professional guidance.
Rushing your recovery is likely to add extra stress at a time where it should be minimised.
2. Do not fall guilty of comparing yourself to others.
You do not have the same birthing experience as anyone.
Your environment and resources available are not the same as everyone.
Your body and brain works differently to many mums out there.
3. Seek help - it is a priority.
Do not fall into the trap of thinking that you can just pick up where you left off. You body has changed a lot, so you will need to adjust your training a lot too. This is where a good coach really makes a difference. You should get a coach to talk through any issues you are experiencing, check your technique and form and also write you a new training plan.
Draw on resources you have available. Ask a friend to come over and baby sit so you can sleep. Call on your mother in law for a food shop. In my eyes you are allowed to be selfish and 100% should ask the question.
Never suffer in silence - have a mum friend/close friend that you can talk to about problems you maybe wouldn’t address with your inner circle. Or, get involved with mum community groups, fitness classes, grab a coffee, go for a drink, croissant or both. Let your hair down, you’ve more than bloody earned it!