5 Things About Working Out After a C-Section
Working out after a c-section was intimidating. It still is. After a traumatic birth and delivery and yes, it resulted in an emergency c-section. Let me first say that I am not a fitness expert and nor do I wish for this post to serve as medical advice in any way. Now back to what I was saying…c-section. Yes, c-section is birth. The fact that it has been coined as a “movement” and awareness is frustrating yet comforting that it’s being done with the help of social media of course. There’s still a lot of work to be done though. There are still moms that need to know they’re not alone.
My 6 Week Postpartum Checkup was not enough.
In my experience, I was scared to workout postpartum. After all, it’s a MAJOR abdominal surgery. Recovery in those first weeks (and still today) were ROUGH but has gotten better over time. I left my 6-week postpartum check up feeling uninformed about where to start.
I wasn’t given enough information specific to a caesarean birth recovery.
My OB is great! However, I was only asked a few questions and said I was good to go. I took away that anything was fair game and to “listen to my body”. I wanted to know EXACTLY what I was able to do that wouldn’t a.) open back up my incision or cause me to bleed and b.) do things that would help my progress and not erase it. Here’s what happens to your body during a c-section.
There aren’t enough resources out there.
If you’re anything like me, you may have tried doing your own research about where to start with working out after a caesarean birth. I did, and found MINIMAL information. I mean, I was in a wheelchair for a few days after my son was born. Walking was painful. (I know you have to walk.) I wanted credible resources that showed me the right exercises to do. I know OBGYN’s are doctors and not fitness gurus… but why do we go to physical therapy after a torn ACL and yet a c-section we are released to figure it out on our own?
Progress is still progress.
Graduating from a wheelchair to being able to walk on my own around the grocery store didn’t seem like a major accomplishment. Although now looking back, it was MAJOR progress. I was deathly afraid to going to a traditional gym. I joined a postpartum fitness series that helped to get me started. And get this- I WAS ABLE TO BRING MY BABY! #winwin (I will talk more about my experience with the program in a later post).
S-l-o-w is fast.
It’s really hard to not compare. Depending on what day you catch me, I might even believe it’s impossible not to. In the postpartum series I took really my instructor never went a class without sharing this reminder. As much as I hate it, it’s the truth. Whether you experienced a vaginal birth or a c-section, slow is still fast. It’s better to go slow than to get hurt while working out.
My plan is to continue being active and heal. I’m excited to be a mom and truly thankful for what my body did to get him here. I just hope that someday there will be information to help us moms recover and heal after a c-section. It’s important to have resources that help us to be safe working out postpartum.
Did you have a c-section? What are some of the questions you had about working out postpartum?
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