I finally had a breakthrough!
I was dancing with my 2 year old daughter, jumping around, picking her up, twirling her around (to Let It Go…of course) and I didn’t feel like my back was going to break and I didn’t feel like I was going to drop her!! Or feel out of breath. I then put her down so we could jump around to the pop version of Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands (ask Alexa to play Nursery Rhyme Party Time and you’ll thank me later) and I could just DO it and not THINK about it!
I didn’t feel restricted in a tight & weak body. I didn’t feel all jiggly and blah. I just MOVED!
During my most recent pregnancy with #2 I had to stop exercising at 34 weeks due to premature labor. Nothing as drastic as bed-rest, but, not going for a walk everyday and not moving like I usually did was soooo hard. I was weak. I was sore. I quickly began to have more pregnancy pelvic pain than ever before.
Then I had a c-section.
It was the longest length of time for my body to be so immobile….EVER. And I was caring for a toddler and a newborn. I didn’t feel great. I hurt. I felt like walking up the stairs was an effort. My right knee started to hurt for the first time in my life. And I felt like that for way longer than I anticipated. My baby is now 8 months old.
But. Not anymore! It took time but I am starting to feel so great.
I finally feel really good moving like I used to.
Nothing about my appearance has changed. I didn’t suddenly lose 10# or fit into some pre-baby clothes, but I got my groove back! I FEEL so good.
This week I was able to finally get back onto my bike!!! I have not been on it for over three years. I didn’t ride it when pregnant with my first. After trying to get pregnant for 4 years the fear I’d take a huge fall off the bike and have something horrible happen was not a risk I was willing to take. She was born in February and after a 4th degree tear, I still had NO desire to attempt to sit on a bike seat 4 months postpartum. Then BAM! pregnant again. (Yeah!). And so here we are, about 3.5 years later I have been getting on my bike this week and it’s just short of being able to fly.
Moral of the story.
Focus on what you want to be able to DO instead of how you think you need to LOOK. Don’t get on the scale every day. Give yourself time. I haven’t been perfect doing my abdominal and pelvic stabilization exercises every day, but I’ve been pretty dang consistent through the weeks and now it is paying off. Ask for help. I, a Physical Therapist who does this with women every day, got reassessed this week to see how I can progress even further into my exercises. I wanted to make sure I was getting the most ‘bang for my buck” and it turns out, I needed to make a few tweaks!
You got this! Give yourself time. And, you’re doing a great job.