Getting Back Into Exercise After Birth?
It can seem like a mammoth effort to even get bubs into the carrier or the pram but its such a useful tool for clearing the cobwebs away after having a baby. I just couldn’t do it for ages.
I knew I needed to move my hips, thighs, legs, feet and muscles that copped a lot of strain during my pregnancy and labour but the first day I went for a walk after baby was born was at about 6 weeks postpartum. I couldn’t walk around the block when I was pregnant due to hip soreness but I couldn't even get that far at that six week mark. I started slow with half a block and little bit by little bit I’ve since made it a couple of blocks now 5 months on.
I’ve lost 13 kilos since having my little pancake (bubs - LP) due to the glorious nature of breastfeeding but I’m still supremely achy. One hip aches one day, the other the next day. My physio tells me that the pelvis needs symmetry and not to cross my legs but in order to get comfortable, I’ll do anything to get bubs to feed even if it means contorting and crossing legs to get comfortable.
Its amazing to think that the body can lose the weight of a baby in a day along with fluid and everything else that gets dispelled during labour (including some of the brain, memory etc). Íts even more amazing that the body can get up and walk again (in most cases) but aside from the pain, I even found that leaving the house with a baby is a whole new kettle of fish.
Once you’ve had bubs, you need to remember so much more. We have so many more things to remember, once baby is here, in order to just leave the house. It’s insanity.
Baby brain becomes a bit of a joke and mums get a bad wrap for becoming seemingly air headed but I think we need to give mums more credit since they are trying to keep a baby safe and secure, fed, clean, developmentally stimulated as well as look after themselves.
You have to plan HOW you leave the house, let alone WHEN. You need to remember what time you fed bubs so you can plan your schedule around the next feed or nappy explosion so taking a fully stocked nappy bag is essential. You need a pram, a blankie, clean nipples sheild (if you used them), feed cover (if you’re worried about privacy if you end up getting stuck and feeding outside the house), spare clothes for him and possibly you, sunglasses, wallet, keys, phone (normal handbag requirements). And of course, you need to remember the baby. If you have two or more kids then my hat is well and truly off to you. That must be a logistical nightmare.
Life is full and busy and you have to pace yourself when it comes to getting back into the swing of life and exercise. I was new to my neighbourhood and didn’t know anyone, was highly anxious and didn’t trust anyone passing my house. It’s taken me ages to get used to the area and get to know a few neighbours to feel a bit more secure.
I was also worried someone would cough on me or LP and give us a cold, It was ridiculously stressful to even think about all the things I needed to be aware of. That level of intensity has definitely calmed down so if you’re in the throws of newborn haze, hang in there, the anxiety will fade.
Walking definitely can blow some of the baby blues away on a nice sunny. Winter isn’t so inviting but rugging up and going with a friend is one way to make sure it happens.
Our Angel blogger is Jen who is an Adelaide based mum of one, married to a giant human. When not on maternity leave, she works in local government so she has to be on her best behaviour most of the time. She would rather be silly around the house and make up songs to make her son laugh. She's an artist, musician, artisan cook and lover of chocolate and cheese.