Postpartum is forever.
This means that whether you had a baby six months ago or three years ago, you are still postpartum and you should continue to treat your body that way.
This may feel a bit surprising to you, and maybe you're even a bit unsure about whether you believe me or not.
Here's the thing. During pregnancy, your body made space for a baby to grow. Your organs moved, your abdominal muscles were stretched, and your pelvic floor muscles and connective tissues worked over time to support alllll the things sitting on them.
Then, a couple of different scenarios may have happened:
You either went into labor and your body again shifted to make space for that baby to exit your body, and then you pushed your baby out. Perhaps you tore, or perhaps your pelvic floor organs (bladder, uterus, rectum) slipped down in your pelvis (prolapse) while pushing.
Or maybe you went into labor, your body made space for baby to exit, you pushed a bit, but birth ended up in a c-section and your abdominal muscles were cut open to make room for baby to be born.
Or finally, your body didn't labor at all and you had a c-section without any pushing, still experiencing a major surgery to allow baby to be born safely.
NO MATTER HOW YOUR BABY WAS BORN, YOUR PELVIC FLOOR STILL WORKED HARD, AND YOUR BODY STILL NEEDS TO RECOVER.
This is seriously important to understand.
All pregnancies are stressful for the pelvic floor, and all births are hard on our bodies.
When I ask about pelvic floor symptoms, many women who have had a c-section tell me that they are fine *because they had a c-section*. I need you to understand that this does not exempt you from pelvic floor dysfunction. In addition to this, we need to take into consideration how mama treated her body during pregnancy, and how patient mama is postpartum in allowing her body to recover.
Again, the bottom line that I need you to understand is that postpartum is forever.
You will forever have gone through this experience, and your body needs more than just six weeks to heal before getting yourself back into Crossfit workouts and running long (or even short) distances.
But you don't have any symptoms, and you feel great!
I understand, but did you know that about 50% of women who have had a baby will experience some degree of prolapse, and many of those women will be asymptomatic? And around 1-in-3 women who exercise experience incontinence. In addition to this, women who have no symptoms of incontinence in the early postpartum period can actually end up developing symptoms of incontinence 7-10 years later!
This sucks, and I don't want this for you. This is why I created my postpartum program. Because I want to help you feel strong again in a safe (but still fun and challenging!) way no matter how far postpartum you are. Whether you are in early postpartum and just received clearance to exercise again or you've been a mama for many years, this program will help you get back to strong.