The other day I was leading a workshop for a local Mommy and Me group and I brought up the fact that, when your doctor or midwife says you’re “cleared” for exercise at your 6 or 8 week check-up, that doesn’t mean you’re cleared for all the exercise.
I talked about how our bodies go through some significant changes in a very short period of time and our entire body, but especially our cores and pelvic floors, need some support before we can expect things to feel and function well when we go for a run, do that HIIT class, or challenge ourselves with that heavy barbell.
We need to restore our core and pelvic floor strength so that we’re actually physically capable of pushing ourselves in our workouts – and even just in our everyday lives.
Mom life is so physically demanding and we need the strength to keep up.
So here are 5 ways you can help restore your core and pelvic floor strength postpartum.
A great question I was asked during that Mommy and Me talk was, “Is it ever too late to build strength in my pelvic floor or core?”
And the answer is absolutely not.
Whether you had your baby 6 weeks ago or 16 years ago, it’s never too late.
Taking these 5 steps at any point postpartum will be beneficial and can help reduce any symptoms you might be experiencing (like pain or pressure or leaking).
It’s never too late and your health matters so don’t feel guilty taking time for yourself to build your core and pelvic floor strength.
Your needs are just as important as your baby’s needs.