How do you get going again after pregnancy?
I had my little boy two weeks today and so figured it time to make the transfer from the pregnant runners forum to this one. I still have another four weeks before I can get back running, but thought I'd join now to keep a grips of any tips, advice etc for a safe and healthy return. I was lucky in that I managed to run right up to 38+ weeks, and continued with lots of swimming and walking right up to, and including the day I went into labour! I am also a fitness instructor. I am recovering well, so looking forward to getting back into running as have never had such a long break in over 18 years of being a runner! I have been walking a good three miles each day for the past week or so, so hopefully not lost too much fitness. I have a very supportive and hands on husband and a little boy who seems to love being outdoors!
I look forward to being part of this forum.
Yes Caro, flu jab is free. Go get one quick!! All the kids have had one and hubbie about to go too. Just me not eligble anymore ...
Legs are killing me today, so a week off def justified. I think I will be raring to go then. Sophie up for hours last night, so feeling jaded mind. She keeps having the odd night where she wakes to go to the loo then just can't go back off. So she was awake about 1.30-3.30 last night on and off. Did have a dry pull up this morning though which is happening quite a bit. Sadly her big bro still has full pull-ups ...
Music, lunch at friend's, homebase for some compost and tester pots, gymastics for the boys then back for tea. Then I think I'll be in bed with them tbh!!
Anj-I think it's OK but am no midwife. I was always having the odd funny pain when I ran with S, but kept going to 35 weeks, but then I'm bonkers like that!! I stopped when the pain started to feel bad. You will know when it's time to stop.
Good news JT. I do hope you are on the way up and woohoo to Caro sleeping, you got more than me by the sounds of it!!
I guess what is good about Karens idea is it is showing some pro-activeness from your side which might just show him that you have had enough and it's time to do something?
hello Emz! Congratulations on your new arrival. There's no shortage of advice on this forum and plenty of opportunity to let off steam as well.
Vixo, I'm freaking about hosting Christmas and I won't be 9 months pregnant/few days post birth!!
Oh god Vixo, I'd be seething! They just don't really get it sometimes do they!!! I'd definitely be VERY anti-hosting Christmas in your situation - whether the baby had arrived or not, either way you are not going to be up to that. And as for being dropped home with two others to supervise - sigh. My hubby would be similar though and would just assume my parents would pick up the pieces!!
I have to say, I'm with you on the pelvic floor preservation - the benefits of hindsight ... not that I am having any more kids, but having had prolapses after both of mine, and a fairly bu**ered back both times ... if I had my time again, I'd definitely be even more cautious. I was much more cautious with S but even so, think I probably should have ditched the running earlier and just stuck to the power walking, swimming, light weights in gym, spinning until 5 months, cycling while my bump still fitted on bike etc!! Plenty of other stuff. I know others have managed it just fine, but having been stitched back together twice and hand falling out insides twice - no thankyou!!
Yes, hubby and I need to have an absolute proper chat. Is always hard cos I cry when I'm upset or angry, at which point he just closes off which is not helpful. But tough, we need to do it. I guess we are at a bit of a stand-off really as I feel we have a very good quality of living here for all, whereas he clearly feels he cannot look for a job outside of company, and current commute is stupid - would work better if he worked closer to airport at other end but that is not happening. Anyway, thankyou girls for listening to my ongoing rants about all this over the last 2-3 years!!!
Thank you for kind words about running Vixo, I do feel that by being sensible and just creeping up the longer runs a little bit rather than doing too much too soon, my body is holding together quite well at the mo - jinxed now!! Hopefully getting a little wiser as i get older - hmmm.
Anyway, entered first ultra for next year - The Highland Fling again so will be third time I've run it if I make the start line in one piece. 53 miles at end of April, would love to try and match my time from the first year if possible.
Survived the two extra kids today but quite hard work. Usually they all play really nicely but my daughter was very over-tired and horrible and the eldest daughter of friend was also very out of sorts so wound up J a treat all day - a sorry state really as he then got quite upset.
Welcome Emz though, this forum is not always made up of rants!! And is full of lots of motivation and helpful advice about all sorts of stuff.
Hoggle - it sounds busy!
Now I am petrified my pelvic floor has broken!! Must do the exercises... I think I am going to scale the running back even more and do some swimming and like you said CC spinning. The thing is, when it is such a lovely autumnal day, the choice between a run and gym is a no brainer.
What is hubby on Vixo? I will be 8 months pregnant at Christmas and there is no way I would want to host Christmas. And as for going into work the day the baby is born Lets hope he has a re-think!!
Glad you survived the extra kids CC. Bet it makes you glad you stopped at 2!! Good for you on entering the Ultra. I bet you'll beat your time from teh 1st year.
Hello Emz, sorry I missed you earlier. I started running 2-3 weeks after my 1st and just took it easy, I ran my fastest half about a year and a half later, and did the VLM about a year and a half after she was born too. The most important thing I did was get my abs back into shape and followed the exercises the hospital gave me religiously and see an osteopath about 6 weeks after the birth to check pelvic alignment etc. Good luck with it all.
TB - hooray to the AF's. Do they know why they don't come v often? Mine stopped for about 7 months last year when we were away travelling. No idea why, but weirdly it arrived the day I flew back into the UK and then was back to normal 30 day cycle until I fell pregnant a few months later. The body is a strange thing.
Snap to the wet bed Caro. I thought we were finally making some progress with Issie this week as she went 3 nights dry in a row but we've now had 2 wet nights in a row. I know she's really trying to go through the night and she was really proud when she managed 3 nights but most of the time she just doesn't wake up until it's too late. Not sure how much longer to leave it before maybe seeking medical advice. Not that I'm convinced there is anything medically wrong with her but as most other kids are able to do it by the age of 5 (and Anna is pretty much there and she's only 2) so there must be some reason why Issie can't.
Emz - welcome to the other side and congrats on your little boys arrival! By the way, what's he called? Well done on running up to 38 weeks too, don't imagine you'll have too much trouble getting back into it once you start again. Very sensible to wait for the 6 weeks check too, I snuck out a week earlier at 5 weeks after with my last baby but that was only because I had so much weight to lose I needed to get exercising as soon as possible!
Vixo - hope the new little one doesn't arrive Xmas day; sure it would be a lovely Xmas present to have but I think personally I'd prefer to spend the day stuffing my face with turkey and chocolates than pushing out a baby .
TTid - 2 years already? How long are you coming back for?
Right, lunchtime over now so back to work ... boo!
Wow is it really two years TT? Would be good to see you if you have a few spare minutes.
Birthdays cakes in the oven x 3 square slabs. Now just have to turn them into Yoda and R2D2!!! Clean the house, clean the spare room and go and sort out all the rubbish as hubbie called it "my shoes and handbags" in the spare room since hubbie demolished our wardrobe . Plus feed 3 kids as boys friend is ill so they aren't going there for tea now . Have been to pilates this morning and do feel better for that.
Have so much sympathy for the wet beds. Josh still wets his through a pull-up. Sophie on the other hand is now dry pretty much every night!!??
Grrr to hubbie Vixo. Sometimes they are so infuriating, like arranging to have the ceiling plastered in our room when guests are going to be staying all weekend and the boys have a birthday party !!!???
Karen J is the same. 6 this weekend and is dry 50% of the time and still wears a pull-up cos I can't cope with the wet beds anymore. I have rung the health visitor. I know medical opinion is to leave until they are 7-8, but Josh is getting very upset about it as compares himself to Harry who has never wet the bed ever and not worn a nappy since he was just 2 and his other friends. I really feel for him so I think it's time for intervention.
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