Early in my pregnancy journey I learned the wacky fact that during your pregnancy your abs LITERALLY SEPARATE! (The fancy technical term: diastasis recti)
Photo courtesy of WebMD
The Magic Is that (for the Most Part)
I was able to stay pretty active with walking throughout my pregnancy, but I love higher-intensity activities like trail running and roller skating and just being ready to do whatever fun thing comes up.
So while I'm happy with how active I was able to be, my cardiovascular endurance took a big hit, my core muscles experienced a lot of shifting and stretching, and I had a massive incision. Click here to see the beast!
All told, I could probably pull off jumping right back into my various activities, but I want to do this recovery right and not have depressing setbacks along the way.
For example...on the diminished cardiovascular fitness front, after I shot this clip I laid down to catch my breath for 5 minutes
That means...back to BASICS.
The Next Step
So this week I did, drum-roll please....two 5 minute jogs!!! It felt weird and kind of uncomfortable but not painful or bad.
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The Recipe of Recovery so Far
- Weeks 1-3 of as much rest as possible...seriously, the doc said I was supposed to not lift anything more than 10lbs, which was tough 'cause Mr. Baby already weighed more than that!
- Weeks 3-6 continuing along the theme of rest but adding in weekly visits to the physical therapist and doing the homework they gave me. Pelvic floor activation, glute bridges, heel squeezes, etc...
- Week 6 shifting to PT every 2 weeks, doctor said I could start getting back into higher-intensity activities by listening to how my body felt, and trying out jogging for 5 minutes twice
Goals for Next Week
- Maybe some 7 minute jogs
- Maybe roller skating? eeeee!
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