By Roxy Robbins
Roxy is an experienced Birth and Postpartum Doula, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Certified Perinatal Yoga Instructor and Licensed Massage Therapist.
I get the question frequently “What are safe stretches/yoga you can do post surgical/cesarean birth?”
I recently made this little video for a client and thought I’d share!
TIPS FOR MOVEMENT POST-SURGICAL BIRTH
FOCUS ON BREATHE.
Conscious Breathe is essential post surgical birth to encourage blood flow and awareness to the core. Simply practicing diaphragmic breathe can enhance your healing process.
Be easy on yourself as you explore your body after birth (this goes for any birthing person/however your story unfolds). Especially after cesarean birth, there is extensive healing to be had. Move slower than you’re used to as you begin a movement practice.
UPPER BODY RELEASE.
No matter what your birth story, postpartum feedings and baby holding takes a toll on the upper body. Go through this flow above to open up and ease a achy neck, sore shoulders and create flexion and extension of the spine.
AWARENESS IS ENOUGH.
If all you do in the weeks and months following your surgical birth is hold space and encourage awareness of your body. BRAVO.
Don’t feel like you need to get your body back. Sitting, breathing and integrating the parts of your body that you may feel disconnected from is so healing.
As you breathe…can you hold your belly/incision?
Can you breathe awareness and love into that space?
That can provide so much support for your healing process by reminding the nervous system to know that you are whole.
YOUR HEALING IS UNIQUE
No ones birth is the same, and is healing after birth.
Try to release the inner critic that says you should be stronger faster than your body is telling you.
Have patience and compassion of all your body has been through. It took 9-10 months to grow a human, can you provide the same patience to heal?