The importance of exercise for new mums!

The importance of exercise for new mums!

Last week, I felt like thing were finally getting the better of me once again. All I could think about was: Do the lunches for the kids for the next day, put the washing in the machine so I can put it on the line before I leave for work tomorrow, feed the kids, bath the kids, put them to bed, get my 6-year-old to stay in bed, clean this kitchen for the 10 th time today. My day consisted of my 3 kids fighting, wiping bums, cleaning up after them and trying to be the mediator It was 8pm and I was totally exhausted. My husband still hadn’t finished work but I said to him I need to get out of the house before I lose it once again.

So I decided to jump on my bike (new Christmas present) and go for a ride. I was only gone for 20min but it was the best 20min of the week!
No one grabbing me, screaming at me, and listening to fighting kids. I had the wind in my hair, a smile on my face and felt like I had escaped the jail. The next day my husband said he had never seen me so relaxed and happy. 20 min was all it took for me to reset myself and give me a breather to cope with yet another week of the same thing.

I can’t stress to you enough how important it is to take some time out for yourself and exercise. Not to lose weight but just for a mental breather. Don’t leave it until you have well and truly lost it to figure out you need some time for yourself. It will help you be a better mother, partner and most of all make you happy.

When things go south:

Having a baby is harder than any job or experience I have ever been through. It is testing, exhausting and a real relationship tester.

Sex after giving birth??? What sex?? My husband always said a child is the best contraceptive pill there is!

My mother’s group friends would constantly talk about how tired we were at the end of the day and feeling like we had no energy for themselves or partners as we gave everything to the kids and the days duties!!

However, the physical and emotional relationship with your husband after having a baby is most important for you and him. Don’t lose what you had together before the baby came into your life. There are many issues associated with not wanting to have sex: Pelvic Pain, sexual dysfunction, dryness, increased or decreased sensitivity, prolapse, Depression and anxiety and relationship issues.

These are all things that can be addressed and all of us have gone through. You are never alone and there is always someone to help, no matter the problem, how big or small.

Mel Hourani
Physiotherapist

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