When it comes to health, few topics are more controversial than pregnancy.
But one thing we can all agree upon is this: the way you treat your body before and during pregnancy has a huge impact on the health of your baby.
It’s a time when little else is truly in your control, which is why I’m all about “stacking the deck in your favor.”
My colleague and physiotherapist, Marika Hart from Herasphere, agrees.
We need to prepare women better – pre-pregnancy and during pregnancy – for the physical demands of motherhood.” – Marika Hart
About a month ago, I shared an interview I did with Marika about gestational diabetes. What I didn’t share is that after we stopped recording, we stayed on the line to chat about her area of expertise: prenatal and postpartum exercise.
I decided this info was a little too important to keep between the two of us, so we recorded another interview – this time with me in the interviewer seat (this was a first!).
Some highlights from our postpartum exercise and recovery interview:
- What a giant sack of potatoes has to do with pregnancy exercise
- How the old-school thinking about abdominal separation (diastasis recti) is changing (hint: “closing the gap” isn’t necessarily the solution)
- Our views about safe and unsafe exercise in pregnancy and postpartum
- How long you can expect to wait before resuming exercise postpartum (and the types of exercise you should be cautious with at first)
- Why she recommends getting a “Goldilocks level of exercise”
- The 3 risk factors (a trifecta) that set you up for postpartum back pain and how to avoid it
- The types of exercise you want to avoid early in postpartum recovery and why
The insight she shares about postpartum exercise and recovery isn’t the typical “get your body back quick” nonsense you see all over Instagram, but more about truly regaining strength and function safely. I hope you find it helpful!
Postpartum Exercise and Recovery
Behind the scenes intel: This was recorded while I was still pregnant, so you can hear my personal account of some of the physical challenges I faced. Thankfully, my postpartum recovery has been pretty easy due in large part to following the tips we discuss in this interview (and my Pilates background, of course).
Now I’d love to hear from you:
If you have any postpartum exercise and recovery tips to share, tell us about it in the comments below. Your story might help another mom out, so don’t be shy!
Until next week,
PS – In case you missed it, Marika references our gestational diabetes interview where we discuss how my real food approach compares to conventional nutrition advice. It was an info-packed hour! Check it out here.
PPS – If you’re looking for a great postpartum exercise and recovery program, be sure to check out the MUTU system. It’s endorsed by PTs worldwide, including Marika. If you are a more seasoned athlete (and especially if you enjoy lifting), consider BIRTHFIT. [Full transparency: I’m an affiliate for both of these comprehensive programs.]