Wow, her character on Nashville is experiencing the same. All the best to her.
It's so hard. Find someone to help, or just to listen. It gets better!
"...with each real story shared comes a tiny slice of freedom."
As a follow up to our recent fitness week, I wanted to share this advice from Barb's Personal Training. It was completely true for me too, so check it out if you have stomach muscle separation (or even if you don't!):
"After pregnancy, I had about one inch separation of my abdominal muscles, so I completely understand your situation. I strongly suggest to do strengthening exercises that cause you to "clench" your abdominal muscles. For example, doing a plank exercise requires you to hold your abdominal muscles tight - you don't need to move them in any direction to be able to gain strength and toning. Just tightening up your abdominal muscles when you are laying down, standing up, sitting, etc. is another great way to help with separated stomach muscles (i.e., "clenching" like doing kegel exercises). Research shows to stay away from crunches."
It makes sense. Nursing gives you all of those immediately-post-delivery euphoric chemicals, and when you stop, your body is thrown off. Interesting.
"[After having the baby] the idea of doing anything other than nursing and trying to nourish my own body was too overwhelming to consider."
I'm all for getting back in to shape, post-baby, but you MUST eat while you're pregnant! And even afterwards, take it easy on yourself, your body's been through a lot-- and now you have a baby to take care of!
Hitting a specific-ish number on the scale certainly doesn’t mean I’m back in shape.
Question from a friend: "Since I've gotten my period back (since having the baby) I've been an emotional roller coaster wreck the few days leading up to my period. I feel like I'm a teenager again! Anyone else have these issues, or any good strategies to balance them?"
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