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.