1 Month Postpartum: My Fitness Journey
Every mom can relate, the days are long and slow with a new baby but the weeks and months go by fast. The pandemic isolation life doesn't help either since socializing isn't as easy as it used to be. I've been keeping busy though, especially with a 3 year old to chase after.
At 1 month postpartum, I'm feeling great. With my second baby, the tummy seems to melt away faster and the recovery overall is much better compared to a cesarean birth with my first. I've lost 23lbs naturally and have 15lbs left to lose. I'm not in any rush tho! I have just started teaching classes and training clients this week, which I'm super excited about. I do have one physical setback, and to be completely honest, I feel slightly shy or ashamed to share it. I have a mild uterine prolapse. There, I said it lol!
Uterine prolapse occurs when pelvic floor muscles and ligaments stretch and weaken and no longer provide enough support for the uterus. As a result, the uterus slips down into or protrudes out of the vagina. Apparently this can be common with vaginal births and there is not much that can be done to treat it except to see a pelvic floor therapist to help with pelvic floor strengthening exercises aka kegels etc. I feel ashamed because I'm Fit Mama and I should have 'abs of steel' and pelvic floor muscles that could hold a 20lb baby 😬. I've always approached any personal injury or setback with a level of appreciation. First hand experience going through something like this (although it sucks big time) will make me a better trainer as I'll have a better understanding of how the body functions and the overall recovery process.
So, I have a minor setback when it comes to training. No jumping, dynamic movements or heavy lifting for me but I will continue light strength training and of course focusing on building back those pelvic floor muscles. I will keep you all posted on my progress on a monthly basis! I'd love to hear from you if you've experienced any type of prolapse and/or if you have any recommendations on exercises/treatments that worked for you.
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