Licorice’s Post-Partum Log – Week 5

When I made my grand plans last week, I completely forgot that there was a holiday smack in the middle of this week. The nice thing was that my husband was able to “work from home” for a few days (since everyone else was on vacation) and while we spent a few days hanging out as a family, I spent a day or two taking copious naps since he was home to cover the child if she woke up or got fussy. That? Was awesome. (Especially since I was up way,ย way past my bedtime on Christmas Eve.)

Ellie in her Christmas Jammies
Ellie in her Christmas Jammies

I wasn’t totally heartbroken that the week hadn’t gone according to plan, though, because I realized something that I’d been suspecting for a while: my pelvic floor is completely trashed. I can feel it getting tired if I’m on my feet for more than a half an hour or so at a time, and that’s sort of a strange feeling. As much as I’m chomping at the bit to get back to running, I need to get that squared away and back up to par before running (or even lots of walking) happens. (I guess Iย could start running sooner rather than later, but long-term it’ll be best if I get my personal bits back in shape first.)

Is it frustrating? A bit. Is it something I’m already working on and know how to fix? Definitely.

I also went to yoga again this week, but this time it was just a bit too much. My core strength was also obliterated by the pregnancy, and this week I felt that in my back throughout the class. Until I get some core strength back, I’m going to need to either put the yoga on the back burner or go with a less aggressive practice. Again: something that I know how to fix and just need to start putting some focused effort into.

Which brings me to my goals for this week, with the knowledge that there’s a holiday in the middle of this one, too:

  • Pelvic floor exercises (AKA Kegels) x5 days
  • Core work (I’m going to start working on this Dirty Dozen for runners, although I’m sure that I won’t be able to get through all of them in a single session right away) x4 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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  1. As someone who is giving birth any day now (due 1/11), reading your posts is really, really helpful to understanding what to expect on the other side. The same way I have to listen to my body and wind down activity in these last couple of weeks, it’s reassuring to see the ramp-up will be similar (and that I shouldn’t push too hard right now). Thanks, Licorice!

    1. You’re welcome and congratulations! The road back will be different for everyone, but you’re spot on that listening to your body is the key. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy! (My birthday is 1/12, so I think 1/11 is an excellent due date. Hopefully you’re little one won’t keep you waiting too long before you get to meet them.)