The second part of our blog that deals with the issues of how and when to get back to running after you have had a baby looks at even more key issues for women who are going through postpartum running. In part one we left our advice at the point where we issued certain exercises that will aid your body’s recovery. In this blog we look at taking your doctor’s advice and how to listen to your body.
Attend to Your Pelvic Floor
We touched upon this topic in part one of this blog, your pelvic floor is a group of muscles, ligaments and tissues that act as a kind of sling to hold up your uterus and other internal organs. And this pelvic floor is key to women who want to return to exercise after having a baby. Many fitness experts place great stock in strengthening and healing the pelvic floor postpartum. During pregnancy this area is often stretched out of shape and gets weaker, and it needs to be developed. If this is not done you may suffer pain and even incontinence issues.
Listen to The Doctor
During pregnancy and afterwards, your doctor will have played an important role in checking your health and looking after your body. Now is not the time to discard your doctor’s advice as it is, he who knows your body best. No matter how good you feel, there are still many internal issues that are going on in your body. Remember your doctor is always looking out for your best interests and although you may be tempted to push your boundaries and go straight into running, try to hold off until your doctor has given you permission to start exercising again.
Listen to Your Body
Another element that you should heed is your own body, even if your doctor has given you permission to return to exercise your body might not be ready yet. If you notice any changes from before such as increased bleeding this may be a sign to take your foot off the gas and rest up some more.
The Jogging Stroller
Some single parent mum’s have no option but to take their babies out and about with them even when they are exercising. New jogging strollers are now available on the market designed for exactly this purpose. But they are really for women who are a little more advanced in their recovery.
If you are new to postpartum running it is not advisable to dash straight in and take your baby with you. Running pushing a baby stroller takes a great deal more effort than simply jogging by yourself. It is not just your welfare that you should be concerned for either. During the first few weeks of your baby’s life its head and neck muscles are not strong and being bounced around in a jogging stroller may hurt and damage your baby.
In part three, and the concluding part of this blog we complete our advice to women who want to take up postpartum running and look at issues such as hydration and how to get your posture back to normal again.