top of page
  • Writer's pictureDr Rachel Collins

Relax and Breathe

As I entered week two of my postpartum journey I have to remind myself that this is going to be a marathon and not a sprint. I continue to have bleeding but it has slowed down significantly and I am able to control my bladder better due to sneezing several times with no leaks :)

I have been focusing on 360 breathing (see the free exercises offer on my web page) when laying in bed, sitting and walking. It has helped me increase mobility in my ribs and allow my diaphragm and pelvic floor to work together to maintain adequate pressure.I also continue to perform isometric contractions of the pelvic floor but I have progressed to perform while sitting and standing vs just laying down.

As I am learning more about the postpartum body I came across a phrase that is very true for me, which states “Even though I am able to do something doesn’t mean I should”. I need to remember that my body needs time to heal and I have to build a strong base before I can jump back into my regular workouts. It is going to be very hard for me because I always thought of a true workout as something that makes me break a sweat and something that’ll make me have a hard time catching my breath. I can’t imagine waiting too long until I get to that stage again.

I know it could take up to a year to fully heal and repair my strength but this time I am going to do it so I don’t end up with chronic issues and I will be able to play with my kids on the floor, outside or on a court/field.

7 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page