Before I got pregnant with Hutch I would say I was in the best “shape” of my life. I had done a lot of research, had a better understanding/awareness of my pregnant and postpartum body, and knew I needed to intentionally rehab and strengthen with my long term performance in mind not my short term hope of fitting back into my jeans 😬😂. And even with all of that understanding...it is still a mental struggle every time I exercise right now because it’s so different then where I was. .
💪When your pregnant and working out people call you an inspiration, strong mambajamba, etc. Or they worry about you lifting things, offer you a seat, etc.
But then you go do the most superhero thing...birth a baby...and now your back to “normal” and nobody gives you a second glance. Your body doesn’t even feel like yours, it’s jello, you have a hard time lifting a leg to shave (not that you are even really worried about that 😜), walking hurts, your boobs hurt, your not sleeping, and you don’t understand your emotions. .
👍You get “cleared” to workout after 6 weeks, even though you haven’t been checked for a diastasis, asked if you are still bleeding, or whether you are getting any consistent sleep. 🙄 So you go back to the gym, you know you should be “smart” so you are working on your breathing/positioning, and connecting to your pelvic floor. When you do finally pick up a bar it feels great and weird all at the same time. No one is cheering. Everyone else is posting PRs and you are working on feeling just a little more human... .
🙌When you are pregnant and postpartum it doesn’t make you fragile but you are not invincible either. In both seasons you need to consider your long term performance when it comes to core and pelvic health and make adjustments that are necessary for you. This is what I have had to do, and it’s not easy, especially for this athlete brain 🙋♀️ because I feel strong/empowered one minute and then defeated the next. But that’s ok! Anyone else struggling mentally with where they are at right now with their body (postpartum or not)? I want you to know that I see you!