Guest post by Susy Richards.
Postpartum is a difficult time for any woman. If you are an equestrian, then you may be affected by postpartum depression due to your riding activity begin to cut down during pregnancy and after the birth. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists clearly advises being safe than to be sorry. It may seem possible for some women to ride until the 10th week of pregnancy, but may not suit everyone. Within 12 weeks, the uterus pushes itself out of the pelvic cradle and is no longer in the safe zone.
The recovery happens at its own pace based on the type of delivery you experienced. A minimum of four to six weeks of adequate rest is required to be back normal whereas a cesarean may take much more time. During the initial weeks post-delivery, your body and your brain undergo drastic changes and mood swings from being excited to a dull and uninteresting day.
A few signs that you might be in postpartum depression:
• Lack of concentration
• Feeling disconnected
• Unable to accept the change in reality as you lost control over yourself.
• Lack of sleep
• Feeling disorganized and sadly most of the time
Postnatal depression is very common among new moms. About 15-20% of the women experience it and could be treated with professional help. If you were an equestrian before pregnancy, chances are you might soon overcome postpartum as riding makes you regain your strength, both body and mind wise. Here are 10 exercises that can help you get back in the saddle. If you have gone through a C-Section, please consult your physician before you start working out.
Get set. Start Moving
The first step is the hardest as far as anything is concerned. The first few weeks make you feel exhausted all the time. Allow 4-6 weeks of rest for the body to regain strength. Start to walk initially as it’s the only thing that you can during the first month.