November 6th 2020
How you all doing? We are now in our last few days of the Wales ‘Fire Break’ lockdown and today has been an absolute beaut of a day outside, so I decided to get myself out for a walk to my home town of Conwy to start my c section fitness journey. It’s a 5km round route, that has some of the most glorious scenery you could ever wish for!
I used to walk this route often when I was on maternity leave with Ffion and found it really therapeutic as I was getting out, keeping active and more importantly, getting fresh air.
Podcasts can make your c section fitness journey fun!
I also discovered Podcasts at the time and they quickly became one of my favourite things to listen to when out walking. Ffion was too young to talk to me so I wanted to have something to listen to on those long walks. I definitely recommend podcasts to all you mums who like me, enjoy walking with your babies, as there are so many to chose from!
Whether you’re interested in running, knitting, cycling, parenting, politics or even cooking, there is something for everyone!! Here is the Top 50 podcasts recommended by The Guardian. Alternatively, (beware! I am going to shamelessly plug mine now I’m sorry) I have also recently started my own podcast, which is in the very early stages but I’m really enjoying learning as I go. You can listen, review and subscribe via Spotify or Apple.
So, here is my plan of action!
I am now 5 weeks post partum and thankfully feeling a bit more like my normal self again (First time since February I may add!) so I‘m excited to report that I am now ready to start my c section fitness journey after two very complicated c sections, which you can read about in my ‘Pregnancy During a Pandemic‘ blog.
I have yet to meet with my GP for my 6-8 week check up but I am quite confident that I am ready for gentle exercise. I’m only going for a walk 3/4 times a week at the moment. But my plan is that once Ronnie is a bit bigger I will put her in the baby carrier or in the double buggy, that I have bought ready for the 2 girls and get out for a walk every day come rain or shine. Even if it’s just around the block, to the park or even the shop.
I looked online to see what the recommendations are for women who have had c sections and Tommy’s recommend the following:
Wait until you’ve had your 6-8 week postnatal check with your GP before retuning to your pre-pregnancy levels of exercise. Try to build up your exercise levels gradually. Once you have recovered from your c-section and no longer have any pain, it is usually safe to start low-impact exercises, such as swimming, pilates, yoga, gentle jogging and low resistance gym work.
Your GP may recommend you wait for at least 12 weeks before starting any high-impact exercises, such as aerobics, running and resistance or weight training.www.tommys.org
Walking. Why it’s always my ‘go to’ form of exercise
Another positive from getting out and walking is that you can go as slowly or as fast as you like, it’s your decision and your pace.
If you’re lucky to live in a friendly area like myself, you find yourself saying ”Hello” to other walkers and bumping into friends, neighbours or maybe other locals and having short conversations on your jaunts, which is also beneficial for your mental health. More so than ever I’d say!! Covid-19 is really effecting a lot of peoples mental health, not just new mums and with winter looming, the loneliness for many is becoming more real and frightening.
Like I said to a new, mama friend that I recently met through my Instagram page “You wouldn’t bump into people whilst sitting on your couch so get out and about as much as you can”.
Make use of your local gym during winter
Conwy County Borough Council have a scheme called Conwy Fit which I pay a monthly subscription for. As a member they offer crèche facilities so that parents can attend the gym, keep fit classes etc. I loved this when I was on maternity leave with Ffion and took advantage of the service as much as I could, so will be doing the same again when the services are available again.
It’s always worth looking into this wherever you are, there may be something similar in your county. One big advantage of this is, is that it saves you relying on friends and family to babysit and you can save them for the more important times such as date nights, girly get togethers etc!
Now I have two children, the guilt of asking for help is greater than ever and I feel good knowing that Ffion enjoyed herself when she was there as she met some lovely kids and got to play with new toys etc.
Swimming, another low impact activity to consider
Swimming was also a regular activity for me before Covid-19 reared it’s ugly head. I would meet with my friend and it would be our ‘child free’ evening once a week. Again, this is a great way to stay fit and active without putting too much pressure on your body. Of course, make sure your c section scar is fully healed before you go. I recommend you visit https://postpartumtrainer.com/swimming-postpartum/ for all the specialist advice (as I am in no way an expert in this field… Just sharing my views and personal tips with you guys).
Give yourself a goal to keep motivated
I am still aiming to run the Conwy half marathon next November, even though the surgeon told me my insides are a mess due to so much scar tissue from 2 emergency caesareans (his actual words!) But Rome wasn’t built in a day and my fitness won’t get back to where I want it to be overnight either.
But here is my pledge!! This time next year I will be running again, fingers crossed it will be half marathons. If I’m not, then that’s ok too. I’ll just be happy to be back out there, pounding the pavement.
For now though, it’s all about the walking. There’s no rush ladies. We’ll be smashing them gyms before we know it!!
Take Care and enjoy these early days with your babies. They really do grow up quick!
Lots of Love x
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