Embracing the Run: Your Postpartum Return to Running

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So many changes happen in your body during and after birth! Are you wondering if/when is the right time to come back into the running world? Let's explore this journey together!

Bringing new life into the world is a miraculous journey, but it brings changesโ€”especially when it comes to your body. As a pelvic floor physical therapist, I understand the desire to return to running postpartum. Let’s lace up and explore how to stride back into the running world while keeping your pelvic floor health in mind.

Your Postpartum Running Comeback Journey

๐Ÿคฑ๐ŸŒŸ Patience, Mama: Your body has been on an incredible journey, and giving birth is no small feat. It’s crucial to ease back into running gradually.

๐Ÿ‘Ÿ๐Ÿ•ฐ๏ธ Start Slow: Begin with gentle walks or light jogging. Your body needs time to readjust and recover.

๐Ÿคธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ช Pelvic Floor Check: Consider a visit to a pelvic floor therapist. They can assess your pelvic floor’s readiness and provide exercises to strengthen and support these crucial muscles.

๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ Interval Training: Alternating between walking and running can help you build stamina while reducing strain on your body.

๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿง˜ Cross-Train: Incorporate other forms of exercise, like yoga or strength training, to support your bodyโ€™s overall strength and flexibility.

๐Ÿ“†๐Ÿ“ˆ Progress Gradually: Slowly increase your running time and intensity over weeks or even months. Listen to your body and adjust as needed.

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš•๏ธ๐Ÿ“‹ Consult the Pros: Donโ€™t hesitate to consult a pelvic floor therapist for personalized advice. 

Pelvic Floor and Running Connection

๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฆ Mind the Impact: Running exerts pressure on the pelvic floor. A strong and well-supported pelvic floor is essential to manage this impact.

๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™€๏ธ Balanced Workouts: Incorporating pelvic floor exercises can help maintain strength and support during your runs.

๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŒˆ Returning to running postpartum is an empowering step in your journey. It’s not just about physical fitnessโ€”itโ€™s about reclaiming a part of your identity, feeling strong, and nurturing your well-being.

 Remember, every step counts. Celebrate your progress, embrace the journey, and take pride in the strength you’re buildingโ€”both in your body and within.

So, lace up those running shoes and hit the road with patience, care, and a focus on your pelvic floor health. Your postpartum running comeback can be an incredible, fulfilling adventure. ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐ŸŒŸ

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