Licorice’s Post-Partum Log – Week 6

Last week, I set some goals for this week:

  • Pelvic floor exercises x4 days
  • Core work x4 days

How did I do? Pretty dismal. I nailed the pelvic floor exercises (I’ve gotten into a routine where I do them either while I’m nursing or brushing my teeth), but only hit one day of the core work. That said, it was enough that I was sore the next day. It’s amazing justย how much work there is to be done there, especially considering that it felt like I was in pretty decent shape throughout the pregnancy. Then again, when you have muscles being overstretched for months on end, it’s going to leave a mark.

The other (unplanned) victory of the week was I finally worked up the nerve to take Ellie for a walk in the jogging stroller. I’d been avoiding it mostly because it just seemed like a daunting amount of prep work. Especially since, with my luck, I’d get both of us all ready to go and then she’d decide she was hungry or would let out an epic poop. She did get hungry right as I was getting her ready to put in the stroller, but I fed her and then packed her up and headed out.

My little drunk polar bear, passed out in the jogging stroller.
My little drunk polar bear, passed out in the jogging stroller.

She was a little fussy when we headed out the door, but completely passed out within the first 5 minutes. I took a nice half hour walk and covered just over a mile without incident. I know that for me, anyways, it was really nice to get out and get some fresh air, and she seemed to enjoy it. I did try a few steps jogging, but that’s something that my pelvic floor still isn’t quite ready for yet. Right now my plan is to keep working on that at home and get a referral for physical therapy when I see my OB next week. Do I absolutely need PT? Probably not, but my insurance will cover it and I think that a few sessions with some biofeedback tools will definitely help nudge my recovery along.

Goals for next week:

  • Pelvic floor exercises x5 days
  • Core work x3 days
  • 30 minute walk x3 days

In a previous life, I worked on computers and spent all day sitting. Thanks to running, I've rebooted my career and am now a running and triathlon coach and soon-to-be physical therapist. I've also got the mind and spirit of an elite trapped in the body of a back-of-the-packer.

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