Who helps her move after she gives birth?
There is an underlying expectation for mothers to figure it out on their own and for her to ask for help if she needs it. Sometimes she is brave enough to ask, sometimes the help she receive leaves her lost, and sometimes she is too embarrassed to say what is happening.
After a mother gives birth she may receive a couple home visits or phone calls. During those handful of visits she will be expected to ask all of her questions she has, and most of them will be spent on baby. For most, they might finally remember to ask about returning to exercise at their follow up check up at 6- 10 weeks.
Again, the underlying expectation is just figure it, maybe with the advice to take it easy and just start with walking.
Many will try, they may be discouraged with their bodies because they used to be able to walk that far no problem. They may be embarrassed that they leaked trying a squat. Some may be so tired the thought of going to an hour class is overwhelming.
This was my experience. I thought I had enough knowledge to get myself back to an activity level I enjoyed and was I ever hit in the face with reality. It was not only the physical challenges but the emotional and mental ones we deal with as a new mom that became barriers to moving.
I needed help and support to guide me through returning to exercise postpartum. And all mothers deserve help after forever changing their bodies to bring new life into this world. So what if…
- What if we actually focused on the mother’s health that first year postpartum?
- What if that care included all moms being referred to see a pelvic floor physiotherapist and a postnatal fitness special first?
- What if took care of a mom’s physical health, what would that do for her mental health?
This is my why for my work, I want to change how we care for postpartum mothers and want them to expect to be taken care of and given adequate support she needs to enjoy her new life with baby instead of struggling to get help and becoming frustrated.
We can do better for you moms, and we will.