This is written for you mamas who are exhausted and overwhelmed and the last thing on your mind is exercise after birth. And yet, you see accounts and pictures of other moms who are exercising and fitting into their pre-pregnancy jeans quickly. It’s hard not to think that you also need to strap on those running shoes and get back in to exercise soon after giving birth.
I’m here to tell you that it’s okay not to exercise soon after birth. It’s okay to give yourself some time before beginning an exercise plan and there are actually some benefits to waiting. Here are three of those reasons.
It can cause even more depletion and exhaustion
For a mom who is already feeling burnt out and depleted, often an exercise program can cause more harm than good. Take a step back to nourish yourself and reduce that huge feeling of stress before adding on an exercise program.
Unrealistic expectations of healing after birth
During pregnancy, your body tells you a lot through food cravings and fatigue. During the postpartum time, your body will tell you a lot as well. Make sure to listen to what your own body is telling you about exercise rather than what general media and mom accounts are telling you to do. Sometimes your body needs a longer healing time than other women and that is perfectly okay (and more common than you think)!
Time of healing after birth should be focused on resting and bonding.
Often the beautiful practice of resting during the postpartum period is overlooked when, in fact, it should be the core essence of the healing process. Take advantage of this time to really slow down your life and lean in to the rest. The more self-care and time for healing you give yourself now, the more it will benefit you in the long-run!
This doesn’t mean you don’t have to move at all! Think about gentle forms of movement that feel really good to your body and focus on those. A quick walk around the block or some light stretching will help your mind and body without needing to do a rigorous exercise program.
Hi, I’m Dr. Potter and I help women feel vibrant and healthy during their motherhood journey.
It was after the birth of my first baby when I became passionate about helping other moms. I was blown away by how hard it was to heal after that birth.
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