Yummy Mummies: Exercise and fitness during pregnancy & beyond

Welcome to a new guest series! Exercise and a certain level of fitness helps to make pregnancy easier. As a lifelong dancer (hobby, not profession), I was always reasonably fit; but I danced for joy, not fitness, and fitness didn’t really preoccupy me much. During my pregnancy, walking helped to keep me mobile, and stretches helped me maintain the majority of my pre-pregnancy flexibility. But, once the SPD (symphysis pubis dysfunction) set in, even walking became a struggle.

After I gave birth, a midwife told me I had an abdominal separation (or diastasis recti) of 7cm. I did some exercises recommended by the physiotherapist at the hospital, and reduced it to 2cm. But it has been stuck there ever since. Granted, I haven’t kept up the exercises as consistently as I should. And, despite part of the gap reducing a tad, to somewhere between 1cm and 2cm, it remains there. I’m told the last separation is the hardest to close, and is often never achieved. I’m torn between putting in more effort to try and close it, and just giving up. It is exhausting, among all the other things that occupy my time, to force myself to do the exercises when I’d prefer to get two minutes extra sleep, or do something I enjoy, like writing. In the end, I decided to try a homeopathic remedy that is meant to assist in the healing of muscular tissue, from our family naturopath. We shall see whether or not that makes any difference.

I am not an exercise-conscious person. I don’t exercise on purpose or with purpose – I don’t like it. I walk to get to places, or to take my son out for a stroll. I dance – when I could dance, seeing as I was temporarily banned from it, due to the abdominal separation, and haven’t had a chance to since – because I enjoy it. But I don’t plan to exercise; perhaps I should. That is the reason I started this series. I want to highlight pregnancy-related conditions that impact exercise “eligibility” (for lack of a better term), and how exercise can assist with healing. Also, I want to share the ways other mamas have dealt with these sorts of conditions, or what their exercise plans are like, now that their bodies (and priorities!) have changed.

This isn’t just a series for superfit mums, although they are welcome to join in! This is just about sharing how we mothers can exercise and remain fit during pregnancy and beyond.

If you’re interested in writing a post for this series, please email minimummiblogger@outlook.com. Stay tuned for the first guest, next week!

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About The Author

Mini Mummi Blogger

Mini Mummi Blogger is a first time mummy to a beautiful baby boy. Currently on maternity leave, she is looking to put her writing/publishing experience to good use through her blog, helping other mummies navigate through the wealth of often conflicting (and, sometimes, even discouraging) information out there about pregnancy and motherhood. She believes that every mummy knows what’s best for her own baby – even first time mums!

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