The day I had my first son was such an incredible moment. I had a very long labor and when I finally was able to hold him. I was speechless. Such an amazing moment.
Then the epidural wore off and I had to go the bathroom.
With help I got up and walked to the bathroom and had my first glimse of my new postpartum body.
I looked rough!
Not only because I just pushed out a baby after 36+ hours of labor, I was shocked with how my stomach looked. It didn't exactly look like I was pregnant. It was more the saggy beer belly look. My stomach was SO SOFT. Like no muscle tension what-so-ever.
I quickly forgot about what my stomach looked like because I was too busy pumping and nursing a jaundice baby in the NICU. But weeks later I realized, wow, it was hard to bring tension to my core, it was hard to sit up in bed, I was still rolling over onto my side, and my back started hurting more and more.
So then like any new mom who wants "her body back" I got on pinterest during a late night feeding session and started looking up and pinning all the ab workouts. Even though I was a trainer and know ALL of the ab workouts I could do. Something to do during those late night feedings.
In 2015 I didn't know about diastasis recti, my midwife didn't check me and I definitely didn't know anything about my pelvic floor, I just kept up with my kegals.
I slowly started to do the workouts I loved including ab work and I finally was able to bring tension back to my core. But my back still hurt, I still had some leaking issues, and I just felt off. Because I was only focusing on those rectus adominals, not my deep abdominal muscles, the transvers abs.
For so long I just sucked in my stomach to bring tension to my core or to support my back. But all the sucking in and all the ab work didn't help. I was a teacher and I would always suck in my stomach because I was standing so much in the day my lower back was always sore along with my hip.
What I learned from my postnatal fitness certification is that it's not just about our core supporting our lower back, but our pelvic floor too. And it's not just about doing our kegals but activating MORE of our pelvic floor and doing it better.
I could keep writing but I am much better at talking, I would love for us to continue this conversation during a free webinar I am doing on April 29 at 8:00pm CST from the comfort of your own home. I will be discussing all the things about our core, pelvic floor, and breath. We will learn how to engaged the pelvic floor better and how to engage the core better. You will walk away with exercises that you can do now and a better understanding of your body.
So lets keep chatting, click here and sign up for this FREE webinar today!