The 4 Rs I value my business on for the postnatal mum.
RECOVER- I always say "if you had a knee operation would you get up and go out for a run the week after?" It would need time to heal and rehabilitate, most probably would need some physical therapy intervention. You need to rest to your body and allow it to heal. Giving birth may be a physical and emotionally exhausting and traumatic experience. Some of us have surgery, complicated births and even hard pregnancies. All our birth stories are different and so is our journey to recover. Nourish yourself with good food and enjoy walking in this period of 6-8 weeks. Rushing back into exercise too soon can cause so many issues in the future that could take you right back to the start of this article.
REALIGN- Postural shifts take place over the time while pregnant, with baby bump slowly growing and centre of gravity shifting. We begin to feel disengagement and loosening of certain muscles within our body over this time. These become more apparent once you have had baby. Once you have rested and healed well, we now need to reconnect to our bodies. Discover areas of tension and weakness and using a combination of a physical programme and soft tissue release will get that posture back in alignment. As I like to say "Laying the foundations".
RESTORE- Lots of lovely core and pelvic floor work sandwiched together with some integrated functional movements. We have very active lives as mums, so getting our core unit functioning well with the movements we do daily is very important. Use this time to get in tune with your body, we are all unique and in some cases need individual goals to benefit us and our recovery.
RESTRENGTHEN- Once we have past the restored phase there is no doubt we need to add an element of strength work into our practice. Purely for the reason we are lifting load a large part of the time within the day. That will initially be a tiny baby that will quickly grow into a toddler, heavy prams, carseats etc. We cannot hide the fact as mums we NEED to be strong and functioning well. This whole package is a must before embarking on the metafit classes, body pump, running and even some of the "mother & baby" bootcamps out there. With the ever increasing Mother Exercise business, we want to empower and educate women to take the right path to optimal recovery.