You see it everywhere in the media. Celebrities barely 12 weeks postpartum with no signs of a post-baby belly. I knew the saying '9 and a half months to gain it, 9 and a half months to lose it' so I was not worried about becoming fit immediately after birth. I was also breastfeeding, and although everyone says this helps you lose baby weight that wasn't particularly true for me.
How would you like your postpartum M'am?
After the birth of my first baby I was a little bruised, had a few stitches and was exhausted in many ways, but I was physically OK. I went into my second birth with expectations of much the same postpartum. Boy was I wrong! Every birth and every baby are different.
Second time round I had a longer pregnancy, coupled with a precipitate delivery and a slightly larger baby. Who knows what it was exactly, but I noticed very quickly that when I got up to walk after giving birth, I felt like my ovaries were falling out!! It was painful (not just uncomfortable), and at first I thought I was overdoing it, until I spent all day doing nothing and was still sore when I walked.
I used a Newborn Mothers Belly Band to gain initial relief and wore it 24/7. I had this idea that with patience and time and doing my Pelvic Floor Exercises (Kegels) that my body would somehow feel better. I put it out of my mind in the short term. This was a really comfortable way to do day to day activities, especially having to pick up and care for my baby. I dismissed how supportive my Belly Band was until I thought I'd go without it one day and within a few hours I put it back on.
Enter The Shapewear
The Belly Band was ideal until the time came when I wanted to do some serious exercise, and then I was back to square one as even a gentle jog was more than uncomfortable. It was about this time I discovered Spanx and I decided to try them when running.
It was just what I needed. I was able to exercise and run again. They were dead unsexy but after waiting so long to get back into exercise I didn't care. They allowed me to exercise enough to be a little fitter.
Where Can I Find Support?
Check out the Assets range in Target (designed by Sara Blakely who created Spanx) this one for example is only $15: http://www.target.com.au/p/assets-by-sara-blakely-remarkable-results-high-waisted-panty-nude/52383960
Where Can I Learn More About Pelvic Floor Alignment?
Lisa Gillespie has a free course: 5 Days Of Pelvic Alignment which you can find here: http://www.lisallc.com/blog/are-you-a-pelvic-floor-statistic/?mc_cid=e3a7bd7700&mc_eid=c1c6eee3e1
Questions, comments, want to share your unsexy postpartum secret? Get in touch!