• Fiona Sweny

Five signs you might not be ready to return to running after having a baby

Many women are keen to get out running after having a baby but there are some clear symptoms that suggest you should stick to low-intensity work.

Running is a high impact sport which puts a great deal of demand on your body. After having a baby, your body needs time to heal and to regain strength - don't forget what you've been through up to this point.

A recent comprehensive guidance document recommends spending the first three months after having a baby undertaking low-impact exercise, followed by a gradual return to running that builds up slowly between the following 3-6 months.

However, everyone is different, and if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, prior to, during or after running, it is important that you seek a referral to a pelvic health physiotherapy via your GP:

  • Heaviness / dragging sensation in the pelvic area

  • Leaking urine or being unable to control bowel movements

  • Noticeable gap along the vertical midline of your tummy

  • Pelvic or lower back pain

  • Ongoing or increased blood loss beyond 8 weeks post part that is not linked to your monthly cycle

These symptoms can be addressed, and whilst are not 'normal', certainly are very common in postpartum women.

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