It’s been a long wait. Post-pregnancy disasters nearly derailed my plans, but soon I’ll be able to train other mums again.
First things first. I am new here in Basel and would like to tell you a bit about me.
If you’re a mum then my struggles may sound familiar to you.
My initial plan was super simple. Do the first bit of pregnancy in the UK, then move to Basel towards the end and have the baby here.
C-section for the second time. This wouldn’t even have been such a big deal, as both the baby and I were fine. But the recovery does take forever and it takes one full year to regain your core strength. And then came the next blooper.
Something wasn't right
Something in my belly simply wasn’t right. Although the pregnancy left me skinnier than I’d ever been, there was a big pouch, sticking out like when I was 5 months pregnant. I could tighten my abdominals and they were hard as rocks on either side… but the middle bit of my belly stayed bizarrely soft. My stomach, if I had eaten anything more than an apple, kept moving back and forth when running and my lower back hurt every time I went for a bike ride.
The recovery. Just no more disasters, please!
So I had all that done now and here we are. I am 7 weeks post OP and (I think) I’m doing well. But to be honest it is still a struggle. I need help 24/7. I am not allowed to do anything. I can’t even lift a full kettle. I haven’t held my baby for over 7 weeks and my fitness has totally gone out the window. My good posture is gone and I still slouch like an old lady. But I know it will get better. It must do.
(I can’t see many other upsides though. Comparing an abdominoplasty to a c-section is like comparing pneumonia to a running nose. I knew the recovery would be tough, but the struggle is harder than I imagined.)
Get out and get moving
My fitness journey has just begun. Although my exercise routine is still restricted, I am getting better with every day. My Fitbit records 20k steps every day. Not bad!
As a trainer I know that almost everybody is capable of becoming fit at any point of their life.
Anybody is capable of becoming fit
Whether we gained weight, stayed the same or even lost a few pounds, the pregnancy is never easy on our bodies.
Do you have a similar story to tell? Does the pregnancy left you out of shape? Are you ready to begin your fitness journey too?