14 Week Old Baby Reader Story 💡
Baby Week to Week 14 Mama Natural I Think I Can, I Think I Can
I Think I Can, I Think I Can
The whole gang at National Family Running day.
I walked my entire pregnancy—even walking over four miles on the day I gave birth. I thought being so active would help me bounce back quickly, so I jumped back into my routine post-baby.
To my surprise, even casual walks with my baby in the carrier were too much. After one early walk, I struggled to get out of a chair after nursing my baby. Once I got up, I could barely lift my feet off the floor to take a step. My abs were so weak.
After some research and an at-home test to check for diastasic recti, I went to my doctor. She confirmed I had diastasis recti, a condition in which your abs separate. It’s a complicated condition, because it can be very painful and there are few effective treatments.
The diagnosis hit me hard, but I resolved not to let the disappointment and frustration defeat me.
I committed to strengthening exercises. In just a few weeks, I felt stronger and the gap between my muscles had decreased from four fingers to about one and a half. I am now able to run a few times a week (3 to 5 miles), and I lift weights twice a week.
Before my diagnosis, I had lots of mama guilt about putting myself and my health first, but this experience made me realize that I need to take care of myself so that I can be present and active for my kids. — Nicole M.