Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Fitness Fix: Listening to your body

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I was supposed to run a half-marathon this past weekend, a postpartum goal that I ambitiously set for myself a few weeks after Henry was born. At the time, I thought I would be fine, never mind that I was hardly walking after suffering a second degree tear during delivery, I was determined!

The first few weeks of training went really well, I was back and I felt good! I smugly checked long runs off my training plan - 7, 8 and 9 miles. Look at me go! 

But then, I started experiencing some twinges in my uterus after running and with that came some pelvic floor issues that made me question my half-marathon goal. I am keen to have more kids so I don't want to risk permanent damage and after chatting with a physio it became clear that training for this half-marathon wasn't a smart choice.

Pelvic floor issues are very common and the side effects can range from leaking urine when laughing to muscle pain. I am by no means an expert but would encourage you to do your own research to determine if you have any pelvic floor issues. They can get worse with each pregnancy and birth so it is best to get them dealt with ASAP.

Part of me was very disappointed about having to bow out of the race but the other part of me was very relieved. Running was feeling like a chore and while I love working out, I hate feeling like I have to do something. 

I am still working out 5 - 6 times a week but instead of running 90% of the time, I'm running 50% of the time. I am also doing weight circuits, spin classes, yoga and lots of stretching. Dropping out of the race hasn't impacted my postpartum fitness, it has simply changed the way in which I break a sweat.

Have any of you had to reevaluate your fitness goals after having baby? It's certainly humbling!

1 comment:

  1. Ohhhh my goodness I had/have the same problem! I was diagnosed with a cystocele and it sucks :(