When you have no symptoms (like pain, pressure or leaking) and you’re feeling good, can you just dive right back into your usual workouts after pregnancy?
What about if you are having symptoms? What do you do then?
One of the reasons I decided to focus on coaching postpartum exercise specifically is because – even though more education is out there – there is still a lot of confusion and frustration over, “What can I do? What can’t I do?”
And one of the biggest sources of frustration is when to know it’s “safe” to go back to your usual workouts. Especially if the workouts are more challenging and include movements like running, jumping, heavy lifting, little to no rest…
There will never be a one size fits all approach to returning to exercise postpartum. But there is a mistake I see a lot of new moms commonly make.
And it can cause or contribute to issues now and in the future, so you need to be mindful about this.
I made this mistake after my first pregnancy. I don’t want you to make it too.
Makes sense, right?
And I know it’s hard to not be able to push yourself when you’re used to being able to just go all in.
But keep in mind that you will get back there. You will be able to do all the workouts and fun, active things you love.
And the more patient and intentional you are now, the faster and easier the road back to feeling like your strong self will be.
It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.
Taking this slow and being intentional will help ensure you won’t find yourself saying, “I wish I hadn’t gone too hard, too fast, too soon.”
Don’t worry. You will get there.
With the right support, tools and mindset, you’ll get there.