If there is one thing I have learnt after having had 5 babies it’s that ‘bouncing back’ after giving birth is (mostly) reserved for celebrities. Unlike what the media tries to make you believe for most mothers it will take more than a few short weeks to get their pre-baby body back, in fact many of us strong mamas never completely will and we will have to learn to love a new and changed version of ourselves.
A few days before giving birth to Harriet
My own wise mum always says that ‘it takes nine months to grow a baby and (at least) as long to recover’ which I felt was a reasonable and achievable timeframe. For the past nine months slow and steady has been my motto and with a combination of healthy eating and gentle (doctor approved) exercise I am now officially back to my pre-baby weight. Considering I gained a whopping 25kg during my pregnancy (I am feeling a connection with Kim Kardashian here) I am pretty pleased and also a tad proud to have reached my goal. I do have 5 more vanity kilos I’d like to lose but I’ll deal with them once I have stopped breastfeeding.
Due to pregnancy complications I have had, and still need, to take things easy but thankfully I had some welcome support during my journey. As you may remember I was really pleased with the performance of the SRC Pregnancy Leggings during my pregnancy so I had a lot of confidence in their Recovery Shorts too. Looking back I am convinced I could not have achieved these results without them.
Highly recommended by health care professionals SRC Recovery Shorts are specifically designed to reduce pain and increase pelvic/back support post-pregnancy or abdominal surgery. They are fitted with special anatomical panels that provide consistent gentle medical grade compression to C-section or perineal wound areas so they support and protect in all the right places. Nice bonus: They also help you regain your pre-baby body shape faster!
Being rushed into hospital for delivery a few weeks early meant I didn’t get to pack my SRC Recovery Shorts but I did wear them from day 2 onwards. I won’t lie, the first time I wrestled my way into these shorts I cried, a lot. Being exhausted and emotional, a dose of the baby blues, one big swollen belly and a pair of small, super tight shorts are not exactly a winning combo for any new mum’s confidence. Initially I feared I couldn’t even get them on but within a few days it got easier and as the weight came off the shorts became easier to put on and take off too.
Closely following the product recommendations I wore my Recovery Shorts almost 24/7 for the first three-four months post delivery, only taking them off to shower or for a quick wash overnight. Yes it was unpractical during toilet breaks, rather hot in the middle of summer and a bit tricky wardrobe wise (short dresses or skirts/shorts were a no-go) but the end result has been worth every minute. If I was to have another baby I will most definitely use SRC again both during pregnancy and after delivery, I can not recommend their product enough.
It may sound silly but I actually became a little addicted to my shorts, the support they gave my tummy and back was amazing. Instead of feeling weak I’d feel strong and supported wearing them and they helped me maintain good posture during the many hours I walked around soothing a crying baby. Every time someone commented on how great I looked so quickly after birth I felt encouraged, giving my confidence a boost and ensuring me the shorts were really working.
During my twin pregnancy I developed a significant case of ‘Diastasis of the Rectus Abdomens Muscle’ which never fully healed and only got worse during subsequent pregnancies. This time around it was so bad my obstetrician used my tummy as study material for training doctors, not exactly something to be proud of! I honestly felt like there was no hope for me but diligently wearing my SRC shorts has made a huge improvement, even my doctor was pleasantly surprised.
Around two months after delivery I had lost such a decent amount of weight that my initial SRC shorts had become too big and were no longer providing enough compression to be effective. Based on the fantastic results I had already witnessed I decided to keep going and moved on to a smaller size which helped continue the healing process.
Wearing the correct size is crucial if you really want to get the most out of your Recovery Shorts, so make sure you watch the helpful measuring video and use the size chart to determine the size that is right for you.
To find out more about SRC, to locate a stockist near you or to place an order online visit www.srchealth.com.
If you have private health insurance you may want to check with your insurer before making a purchase from SRC Health. Many private health insurers in Australia will provide a Health Fund Rebate to customers who purchase an SRC product as they are considered a medical compression garment, designed to aid with the recovery and health of expectant and new mothers. You could save yourself some welcome dollars to spend on gorgeous baby goods!