Week three postpartum: The biggest struggle was overcoming the temptation to run. I feel really good. I would put my discomfort at a 1 or a 2. I can tell that I am not 100% yet, but I do not feel run down or sore or anything. That said, I know this does not mean I’m ready to go out for a run. I know this does not mean I’m ready to walk into a CrossFit gym and start squatting (what is for me) heavy. I’m trying to be patient, but when the sun is shining (finally!) and I am feeling so good it is tempting, really tempting to not just try a minute or two of a shuffle.
This week I added some core exercises to the routine. I know enough to avoid planks, crunches, anything that will cause coning and exacerbate diastasis recti. I did a test — though I’m not sure how accurate it is — and I felt maybe a pinkie finger width of separation in my abs. I’ve never had clearly defined abs, but I will say this post-pregnancy — it is weird how squishy my stomach is and that my core strength is completely gone. I’m hoping to build it back up with bridges, pelvic tilts, and clam shells. I did very little this week, but I’m hoping to increase every week — just creating the habit now.
6 – 17 : Pelvic floor/Core exercises – 1x 10 bridges, 10 pelvic tilts, 10 clam shells. Walk – 11 minutes, .64 miles. Followed by Romwod.
6 – 18 : PF/Core exercises. Walk – 15 minutes, .84 miles. Followed by Romwod.
6 – 19 : PF/Core exercises. Walk (with Henry!) – 25 minutes, 1.14 miles.
6 – 21 : PF/Core exercises. Walk – 15 minutes, .85 miles. Followed by Romwod.
6 – 22 : PF/Core exercises. Walk – 15 minutes, .89 miles. Followed by Romwod.
6 – 23 : PF/Core exercises. Walk – 15 minutes, .91 miles.
Totals : Walk – 1 hour 36 minutes, 5.3 miles. Yoga – 40 minutes.
This week I’ll increase walking time to twenty minutes — hopefully managing to get a mile in each walk.