If you were a keen runner before pregnancy, then I’m sure you’ll be eager to get back in them trainers and hit the streets again. It’s one of the first things we think of, after pregnancy, getting back in the old routine we loved.
But, let’s face it, you can’t just head back on the road, running 5-10km like your pregnancy never happened. Things changed – you’ve changed.
There are a few things you need to prepare for – and in this article, I’m going to clear it all up for you. This way there will be no surprises!
You’ll be seriously thirsty.
If you’re breastfeeding your newborn, then you’ll be all t0o aware of how thirsty you now get. Don’t worry, it’s natural. But, when getting back into exercise, you will get EXTREMELY thirsty.
The best advice to follow here is to stick with what your mother told you – 8 glasses of water every day and an extra two or three every time you run.
I recommend taking a small bottle of water with you during your running. This way you’ll stay hydrated and be able to enjoy your run a lot more.
It’s Ok to not be as good as before
It’s one of the biggest frustrations, when having time away from exercise – not being as good as before. But, let’s look at the real situation here – you’ve just given birth and had 9 months of growing a baby in your tummy. This would take its toll on Usain Bolt’s running, never mind yours.
You need to expect this, because it can be quite disheartening if you’re going for your first run and expecting to smash it like you did pre-baby.
Don’t worry about sometimes skipping runs, either. The first months after giving birth require us to become superwoman. When you add running to that schedule and you just become a goddess!
Don’t let setbacks get you down. Take your time to get back into your routine.
You might need bigger running shoes
Pregnancy takes its toll on our body in many different ways – one being on our feet. The extra weight and hormones can make our feet swell bigger than usual. So, don’t be too surprised if your trainers don’t fit anymore.
If this has happened, then don’t try and just squeeze into your old trainers. They no longer fit. This will make running seriously uncomfortable and make injuries likely.
Get a new pair you feel comfy in. I mean – you deserve them!
You will need to work on your pelvic floor
Something that we don’t hear about often, during post birth appointments, are how it affects your pelvic floor.
The pelvic floor is the group of muscles, tissues, and ligaments that act as a sling holding up the uterus, bowels, and other organs. It plays a vital role in returning to your normal self.
During pregnancy, your pelvic floor has took a pounding – being stretched and weakened. If you don’t focus on recovering your pelvic floor, then you may come into some issues.
To help strengthen the pelvic floor, I recommend my Holistic Core Restore program. It’s helped 100s of women strengthen them important muscles and get back to 100% after pregnancy.
With this program, you’ll be able to get back to the post-pregnancy you in no time.