Like many other women I was eager to get back to exercise after my first child was born. I attended my first mom and baby boot camp when my daughter was only five weeks old. The boot camp regime included sets of burpees, sprints, push-ups, and planks. Because of my competitive nature I was hooked immediately. In addition to the boot camp workouts, I also started running, which lead to me completing a 10 kilometer race on Mother’s Day—less than four months after giving birth.
Looking back it is no surprise that I leaked urine while exercising along with experiencing achy joints and painful sex and eventually suffered a pretty major back injury at eight months postpartum.
No one told me that exercise for a new mom should be any different than the exercise she was used to before childbirth. I didn’t know that all of my hard work running and attending boot camps were actually preventing me from regaining strength in my core and pelvic floor.
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