As moms, we can understand the most universal challenge of finding balance. While this comes differently to each of us, babywearing happily helps us juggle it all while keeping what matters most the very closest. If “physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness” (-Joseph Pilates), then instructor Jenny Redford of Jenny Redford Pilates is helping build a really happy you. Follow this special Solly Pilates series for her four top tips for healing and ultimately feeling strong after baby.

Surprisingly, prolonged bed rest does not promote better healing outcomes. Appropriate, consistent movement is important to start as soon as possible. What’s appropriate is completely depending on your personal situation. That may look like gentle pelvic rocks and breathing exercises in the first weeks, progressing to gentle walks; moving with greater caution if you’ve had a C-section or complications. If you’re needing ideas, I created my Postpartum Essentials program specifically for the fourth trimester. The important thing is that you find time to move daily and that it is appropriate to where your body is. Jumping into a fitness routine before establishing a solid foundation often sets you up for setbacks. These can be as minor as dips in milk supply and as major as pelvic organ prolapse. Remember, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. You can gauge yourself by thinking how can I connect to my body? And what will serve your body long-term? Press play!

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