Congratulations you are a Mama!
Now is the time to heal, it is about being compassionate and giving your body the best opportunity possible to recover.
The initial 6 weeks will see your major organs relocate to where they are meant to be, and the superficial tissue injuries begin to heal. In reality the healing can take up to 2 years, especially if you experienced significant physiological trauma such as tears, episiotomies or a caesarean section.
In the immediate postnatal period you can help your body to recover by focussing on breathing, nourishing food, asking for and accepting help, doing simple pelvic floor exercises and gentle walking when you are up to it. If you have had a c-section then as soon as your scar is healed you can start self scar massage.
This is where the Strong Mama® The Beginning comes in, suitable from 4 weeks postnatal the focus is on supporting you to heal, nourishing your mind and body, giving you space to be listened to, share your concerns and be heard. In a world where the focus is often the baby, for this hour/90 minutes the focus is on you.
For those who are ready for the next step (6 weeks/12 weeks post birth) – to start to rehabilitate through building core strength, movement as well as addressing lifestyle and wellbeing please check out the Holistic Core Restore® Everywoman programme or the Holistic Core Restore® C-Section programme.
Remember, postnatal rehabilitation is more than ‘exercise’, it is about nutrition, self care, as well as strengthening the areas of the body weakened as a result of pregnancy and release those areas that have become tight. Underpinning it all is learning how to rebuild your bodies foundations, your core. Ultimately you need your body to be fit for purpose when carrying out the typical movements you do daily (pushing, pulling, squatting, lifting). Whether you are 12 weeks or 12 years postnatal if you have not addressed the changes brought about by pregnancy and childbirth it’s not too late.