Go slow and steady
The last thing you want is to push yourself too hard, too fast. Remember, it took months (10 if you’re counting) for your body to grow and change into what it is today. At your six-week postpartum appointment, your doctor will likely green light your return to exercising. With the exception of a light walk around the neighborhood, you shouldn’t be lacing up your running shoes before you get that thumbs-up. Try putting your newbie in a stroller or carrier and going for a walk down the street. As you set out on a stroll, aim for short distances at first. Over time, you can go for longer stretches, and when you feel your body is ready, take it up a notch with some light jogging.
In addition to taking it easy, it’s a good idea to enlist the help of supportive garments while still recuperating. SRC Health offers a variety of recovery products that can be used in everyday scenarios including physical activity—because all movement matters after labor and delivery. Their recovery shorts and leggings assist in healing and speeding up the recovery of abdominal muscle separation, perineal tears and stitches, C-section wounds and lower back pain; they are also ideal for exercise and being worn under fitted clothing for aesthetic purposes long after the initial postpartum recovery period is over. SRC Health even has a special sports garment to be used after the initial 8-12 weeks of post-pregnancy for when you may take your routine up a notch and no longer need to address abdominal separation. The recovery garments are recommended by health care professionals for their ability to improve mobility and pelvic muscle function after birth. Give your body the best opportunity to regain strength while also caring for its healing parts.
Fuel up and hydrate
Just like proper nutrition played a critical role in pregnancy, you’ll want to continue to take in enough calories and water throughout your days postpartum—especially while exercising. Aim to drink at least 64 ounces of water a day, and if you’re breastfeeding, add an additional quart (or 32 ounces) to stay properly hydrated. Snacking on protein-rich foods will help sustain your energy while keeping you full. Nuts, hummus and veggies, fruit, hard boiled eggs and nut butters are all great options.
This post was made in partnership with SRC Health, a line of supportive garments for pregnancy, postpartum and beyond.
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You may be well versed in prenatal vitamins, the best sleep positions for your bump and staying hydrated during the nine-month stretch, but knowing what’s normal for your nether regions during pregnancy is equally important. Your personal pH tells a lot about your vaginal health and can fluctuate while you’re expecting, signaling an imbalance. Here’s what you need to know while looking out down below.
What is feminine pH?
pH measures the acidity of a solution. Your body has many different pH levels that range in acidity (i.e. gastric acid in the stomach has a low pH vs. blood equalling a more moderate pH). A healthy vaginal pH is acidic and ranges from 3.5 to 4.5; this means there is a balance of good and bad bacteria.
How does it become “imbalanced”?
Thanks to your changing hormones, your pH level can shift, losing equilibrium and causing an imbalance. This allows bad bacterial to grow and may produce irritation, infections such as bacterial vaginosis, as well as subtle changes in vaginal odor—which many women can be sensitive to while pregnant.
Are there pregnancy-safe treatments?
Yes! Lifestyle choices such as reducing your sugar intake, eating yogurt, staying hydrated and avoiding perfumed hygiene sprays and sanitary products will help keep your vagina healthy. In addition, we recommend using The Honey Pot Co. mommy-to-be line of feminine wash, wipes and herbal pads. They work to balance your pH, banish bacteria and calm discomfort—all without the worry of chemicals, toxins or artificial fragrance. They’re safe for mom and her growing babe. (P.S. You can also use these products postpartum while your body recalibrates. Each one is great for whenever wild hormones are at play!)
When should I see a doctor?
You’ll want to consult your doctor if you notice abnormal discharge (such as changes in consistency or gray, yellow or green in color), itchiness, burning while urinating or a fishy smelling odor. These can be signs of a more serious condition that requires a diagnosis and medical treatment.
This post was made in partnership with The Honey Pot Co., a line of woman-owned feminine products to best care for your lady parts.
An update on the commenting problem is that it’s not fixed and it looks as if it never will be—unless it suddenly and unexpectedly resolves because of some software update or whatever. If you’re having trouble commenting, either persistently or intermittently, know that you’re not alone: I am still getting plenty of emails and Twitter comments about it. We can’t seem to fix it. (I still can’t comment on MY OWN BLOGS unless I’m replying to someone else’s comment from the dashboard.) We have repeatedly contacted the web host. Paul is a computer guy and has repeatedly investigated/tinkered. I have gone into the commenting settings and tried to change things that might help.
Nothing helps, and we can’t even find a pattern: last time I wrote about this, I asked for feedback that Paul could use to diagnose the issue or to help the web host diagnose it—but there was no pattern. Some people could comment from their desktop computers but not from their phones; other people had the opposite issue. Some people could comment as long as they went to the site directly, but not if they followed a link (like from Twitter/Facebook); other people had the opposite issue. Some people could comment on the regular blog but not on the baby names blog; other people had the opposite issue. Some people could comment before, but now can’t; others couldn’t comment before, but now can.
It is discouraging and disheartening and maddening. All I can do is advise you to try what is working for other people: a different browser, phone/desktop instead of desktop/phone, link/direct instead of direct/link. I really am holding out hope that there will be some update on the host or on WordPress or something, and that’ll turn out to be the missing piece that fixes it all.