How to recover during the postpartum weeks? Sharing tips to help heal or help lessen the chance of getting diastasis postpartum. Postpartum recovery and workout plan after having a baby.
I am currently 37 weeks and I’m getting more and more anxious to be holding baby #2. I have packed my bag for the hospital (I am bringing similar things that I did the first time with Madison with a few differences), got my essential oils all ready and even prepped some hospital food for me. Now the waiting game begins. I am doing weekly doctor checkups and go back soon. Baby #2 and I are both doing great.
As I mentioned in how I am working out differently this second pregnancy to prevent a large diastasis post baby I learned a lot after having my first baby. Even as a personal trainer I had a lot to learn about the body, especially a body that just went through pregnancy and birth. Today I wanted to share what I am focusing on this second time around that I didn’t do after the first baby.
Not too many people are talking about what postpartum recovery is really like. I was clueless of what my body was going to feel like or how it was going to handle it all. In general, yes I recovered fairly quickly besides my ab separation. I didn’t gain that much weight so I was back to my pre-baby weight quickly. I do feel staying active did help with labor and recovery with a few valuable things I learned to do differently.
Postpartum recovery and workout tips to help with diastasis from a mom who learned the hard way
Share this workout with your girl friends and moms. *Disclaimer: make sure to consult with your doctor before trying a new workout routine. If you feel any pain or discomfort while exercising, stop.
I know so many of us want to feel better – quickly. But sometimes quick isn’t the best option. Our bodies just went through a stressful and even painful time from labor so we need to honor the healing time.
For me healing my diastasis the first time was a long journey and I am not sure what this second time will be like yet.
Either way I am going to take my recovery journey slow as I want to make sure to do it in a safe way.
What I am doing different after my second labor compared to my first
At hospital :
Wearing a belly binder.
Doing gentle belly breaths to start reconnecting my core and pelvic floor muscles. Similar to my belly breaths.
Continue to wear belly binder for a few more weeks.
Be more mindful of my alignment throughout the day.
Prop myself better while breastfeeding (like I mentioned in the video) with pillows to support.
Walk as often as I can.
Start doing my safe core exercises from my postpartum Retrain Your Core program.
Start doing safe stretches I have a stretching routine inside RYC program as well).
Drink my water (along with some coconut water) and continue to eat my normal eats but eat more to help with milk supply.
Now I know I am not going to be perfect with everything mentioned here as I have a 2 year old to take care of as well. But my focus is to just do my very best and not stress about being perfect.
Other things I forgot to mention is that I am taking my placenta capsules (I got placenta encapsulation after Madison). I saved mine from Madison’s birth. I kept them frozen knowing that I can take them again when I got pregnant again. They really did help me mentally postpartum.
I am excited and a little nervous for my second labor. Is it going to be faster than the first? Is she going to come early?
I was able to have a natural birth with Madison and I plan on doing that again with baby #2. I have my “plan” to help me cope and manage the pain. This time I am really focusing more on my mindset with saying affirmations during it. I wrote up a few mantras on a sheet of paper that I will have with me. Also, last time I ended up forgetting everything in the car like my essential oils. Hopefully that doesn’t happen again.
Well, I will keep you posted on my journey and of course my postpartum journey.
Any questions please let me know. Thanks!
xoxo Lori (and Michelle)
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