Just listen to your body, and ease back into things…many mamas are given this advice after their 6 week postpartum check-up. While this recommendation is well intended, it is far from helpful. Here’s why:
- It’s vague and waaaayyy too general
- It leaves mamas on their own to figure things out
- It assumes everyone knows what to listen for… this listening part is a big one
I had to go to medical school and more to learn what to look and “listen” for. So how is it fair to expect the general public to just know?! It’s not! It’s just not. Women deserve better guidance (hello, pelvic floor physical therapists!) in order to help them learn about the new transformation their body just went through – for nine months + delivery – in order to be most successful during their postpartum journey. They shouldn’t have to figure it out alone. To me that’s like saying, “just listen to your body and you’ll know just how to deliver your baby.”
So Mama, you’ve been told to “listen to your body” so here are some things to listen/look for…
- Increased urgency, frequency, or leaking of bowel or bladder control
- Pelvic pain, heaviness, or like your insides are falling out
- Difficulty completing day-to-day tasks without pain
- Back pain during or after carrying your little one
- Feeling unstable, especially when lifting and carrying
- Pain or discomfort with sex
- Feeling “off” or “weird” or pain when trying to return to exercise
- Fear around what fitness activities are safe
While these are common challenges for many mamas postpartum, they are by no means something you have to “just deal with” or accept as “your new normal”.
Read that one more time. No sister! You deserve better!!
Pelvic floor physical therapists are specially trained to help you navigate ALLLLL the things I listed above. You deserve special support during this special time, and we’re here to take the guesswork out of it for you. Having to listen to your body while also having to be listening to ALL the things with your new little one is exhausting and overwhelming. We got you!
Mama, you deserve it!!
If you need a recommendation, reach out to me so I can help you find a PFPT near you.