Anna Lahey’s take on #FitFeb 10 weeks post-partum, with two boys under 2!
I realised today whilst thinking about what to write for “Fit Feb” that I have been either pregnant or breastfeeding since 2016!
I want to start by saying that during pregnancy and the postpartum period (the 4th trimester, it is not the time to make mighty fitness resolutions. This is a very special time in our lives and one in which we MUST take care of our mental health first and foremost.
The postpartum hormone drop is considered the single largest sudden hormone change in the shortest amount of time for any human being, at any point of their life cycle…
“Exercise during the postpartum period, in my opinion, should be about keeping in check your mental health. For the first 7 weeks all I did was walk, outside in the fresh air. There’s something about getting out, in the sunshine, that nourishes the soul and really does make you feel better. When I don’t get out, I found those days particularly tough.”
Anna’s top tips for post-partum exercise:
– ONLY start gentle exercise when you’ve had clearance from your doctor, usually at 6 weeks postpartum.
– If you’re using an exercise “app” make sure your doctor approves of the exercises in it.
– See a women’s physio: check Abdominal Separation and Pelvic Floor, and ask for guidance on exercises.
– Tori Clapham the Founder of Peaches Pilates, and Doula, has written an eBook on “Healing Abdominal Separation with Pilates” .
I also highly recommend post natal tights to wear whilst exercising or walking. After having a baby it feels as if your organs are readjusting for a while, and these tights are very helpful in providing support. My favourite are the Postnatal Active Tights by 2XU. They’re a worthy investment! If you’ve had a Caesarean make sure the brand you purchase do not have a seam along the scar, the 2XU ones, do not, which is why I recommend them.
Finally don’t forget to take MARINE COLLAGEN daily. I recommend two servings a day in the postpartum 12 weeks and yes it’s safe whilst breastfeeding.
Collagen supplementation during this time will help counteract the post natal depletion that occurs which affects the quality of hair, skin and nails.