Did you know that in Europe, every woman is sent to a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist immediately postpartum. EVERY WOMAN! I wish we all did this in America! Do you know how many conditions we could have treated early and enhanced their recovery? Well, it is a lot!
Why is this so important? You just experienced a marathon event in your delivery experience. Even if everything goes right, you are still exhausted. Yet, many women want to lose the baby weight immediately post partum and start doing intense cardio. The changes to our body are not done postpartum until 4-6 weeks. This doesn’t take into account the changes if you are breast feeding. Doing intense cardio at that time can me more detrimental than helpful. It is so important to stabilize first! We can’t emphasize that enough.
Another reason we take longer to recover postpartum… YOU AREN’T SLEEPING! You may just be trying to make it through your day because you are so tired. That is why just minor changes to your posture and strengthening can make a big differen
ce. Frequently, you may feel better during an exercise, but then crash later. Keep your exercise to just 10-15 mins per day with more stabilization (think squats, more than abs)! As you start to sleep more and have more energy, then start to slowly progress into cardio.
LEAKING AND PAIN ARE NEVER NORMAL!
If you are doing everything right and are still having symptoms more than 8 weeks postpartum, then definitely come in for an evaluation.
Treatment early tends to lead to quicker recovery!
“Self-Care is how you take your power back.” --LaLah Delia