The changes our bodies go through before, during and after pregnancy are probably the biggest changes we will experience in our lifetime. Everything changes – our hormones, our metabolism, our body shape – all to accommodate motherhood and caring for our children.
Postnatal fitness and nutrition for mums is about rehabilitation and healing. It’s about giving our bodies the fuel it needs to survive the sleepless nights, the chaotic days and the incessant demands of being a mum in modern society.
What is postnatal fitness?
Postnatal fitness begins with pelvic floor health and functional movement and progresses to strength training. At Supercharged Club we believe that rehabilitation of your pelvic floor is essential for any post-birth exercises.
We work with hundreds of mums across the UK, and you may be surprised to know that many of us have jumped right back into the high intensity workouts after birth without considering the strength of our pelvic floor. This puts us at risk for nerve and tissue damage, prolonged diastasis recti, urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse.
As mums, we also need to strengthen our bodies for picking up our children, pushing the buggies and cleaning up the toys without pain. If we don’t make postnatal fitness a priority, we are at risk of back pain, misalignment from poor posture and exhaustion caused by everyday tasks.
Why is postnatal fitness & nutrition important?
While some of us don’t want to hear this, postnatal recovery is also about our nutrition – what we put into our bodies that harms us, or helps us get through the day. It’s true that breastfeeding women should allow for an increased calorie intake and our bodies change after birth anyway.
But it’s also true that gulping down your meal in front of the fridge in 5 minutes, between putting the kid down for a nap and hanging the laundry isn’t good nutrition. Nor is missing meals because you haven’t looked after yourself or having cake every day just because (though we do love cake!).
Postnatal nutrition is important because if you don’t take care of yourself first, you won’t have the energy to take care of your children.
That why we developed a series of programmes to help mums, from new mums to seasoned veterans, repair the damage to their body after childbirth and become stronger mums.