So, why shouldn’t you just jump back into running immediately?
Because your body went through A LOT of changes during pregnancy, and it takes A LOT of work to retrain your muscles postpartum. Also, because running is a very dynamic activity, which means it requires a great deal of stability, strength, and endurance. Thus, it is so important to start at the base level of training so that your body has the foundation and strength to do dynamic activities again, such as running!
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The deepest abdominals and pelvic muscles are the first to stretch + expand when pregnant and often the last to coordinate and fire again with the endurance, coordination, and strength needed when returning to running (or coughing or lifting, etc). This coordination requires lots of training and practice before your body is able to perform well during running.
Going for a quick run sounds like it would be easy and effortless postpartum. However, if you are recovering from having a baby or from any injury, running is actually a very complicated task for your body to perform. Most likely, if you go on a run postpartum without any proper strengthening beforehand, your body will not feel the same as it did prior to pregnancy. You may find that it feels harder, heavier, or more unstable. So, our recommendation is to retrain your muscles prior to running so that you can run in the safest and best way possible. When you come into PT, our goal is to keep you running or to get you back to it.