Many mums look to return to their old exercise patterns after having a baby in order to feel themselves again or fit back into old clothes. I definitely fell into both of these camps. If you can even remember the feel-good buzz you get after high impact exercise, you may be looking forward to a hit of it to offset the tiredness of parenthood.
But wait… things may not be as they seem! Your body has changed hugely in the past year or so and one of the most important things to consider when returning to running is how well your pelvic floor muscles are working. Running is a high impact exercise and your pelvic floor muscles will have to contract thousands of times over a 30-minute run.
I would recommend that every new mum sees a Women’s Health physio. In France, its standard practice. It’s a great investment and you can get a referral from your doctor on the NHS if you ask.