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Labor, not matter how it ended (vaginal delivery vs. c-section) can wreck havoc on your body and easing into post partum workouts and taking care of our overall physical and mental health is so important. My hope for the future of women’s health is that every mother is referred to a pelvic floor therapist that can help teach women how to recover after birth. There is so much that I don’t know, even after three babies and being in the medical field, about my pelvic floor and the rehab that I need to perform to feel 100%. Many of you know about the recent issues I have been having with my tailbone and the severe pain that occurs when I do even the easiest of workouts. For me, exercise is a great release of stress and anxiety and I would be lost without it so this is a huge problem for me. I met with Sara from The Vagina Whisperer who is a PT specializing in pelvic floor therapy and women’s health and she was a great eye opener to where I need to start to get my body back on track. I highly encourage either meeting with her or calling your OB GYN if you are experiencing any issues down below. Though you may be embarrassed to talk about what is happening, I can assure you that EVERY mother out there can relate.
I am going to side track for just a moment to tell you about my outfit in this post! As you can all see from above, I am collaborating with Old Navy on today’s post and featuring their workout gear! I have had a few questions recently on my favorite outfits for the gym and Old Navy is one of my go-tos! They have these amazing high waisted compression leggings that I LOVE for working out. It keeps everything nice and tight and they fit like a glove for a great price! I paired the leggings with this simple ultra-light tee and I love that it has thumb holes (it’s the little things in life guys)! Since I am not doing any vigorous exercise right now, I am wearing this simple sports bra here and it’s easy to nurse in too – just flip it right up! My sherpa-lined cardigan is out of stock but they have a ton of other cute options here!
Since my high intensity workouts are out of the question right now and I am quite scared to even do much at this point, I have been doing a lot of stretches at home and doing yoga from home try and heal my pelvic floor. Every time I do anything strenuous, it flares up and I end up in pain for days following. For me, yoga has always been something that never entertained me, I always preferred a long run over an hour long yoga session. I am in the midst of trying to find a nearby studio that I can try out and give it another go. I know that it will be what my body needs right now and it will also significantly improve my mental health as well. I found a few amazing resources for pelvic rehab and post partum yoga online as well – thank you to everyone that sent recommendations, you can check them out below 🙂
The Vagina Whisperer // Sara is a great 1-on-1 resource that you can meet with online and she specialized in pelvic floor health. If you are having any issues at all post partum, she’s your girl. So friendly, down to earth and easy to talk to. She will be able to get a good idea of what is happening and be able to give you recommendations on where to start the healing process. I am currently working with her now! You can use code: LYNZY10 for 10% off!
MUTU System // So many of you told me about this and I had never heard about it until recently! It’s a medically recommended post-baby recovery program and it looks awesome! I am actually going to reach out to them and see if they could offer you guys a discount – stay tuned!
Mommastrong // This has 5 different programs including a program for during pregnancy and for diastasis recti (my issue) and it’s only $2/month!
Lindsay Brin // She has a few FREE postpartum core stabilization workouts on YouTube!
B-wom // This is an app for your phone that lets you record how you are feeling and gives you exercises for your pelvic floor and more! Pretty darn cool, just downloaded it myself!
Every month or so I will be updating you all on my progress. For now I am focusing on doing recommended stretches every day, getting into a yoga class that I love, going to see a massage therapist to work on my lower back, glutes and thighs and taking it easy! I would love to hear about what your post partum recovery currently looks like and what you are doing to take care of yourself! It’s so important and it will make you a better mama 🙂