I had a baby 5 years ago. My symphysis pubis split. During pregnancy, your “seam” between the two sides of your pelvis (that part isn’t bone, it’s a soft structure that allowes some movement of your pelvis) relaxes, and mine just kind of fell apart.
To quote Jimmy Fallon. Ew. — right? Luckily, you can still walk and stuff, your muscles and ligaments keep it together, mostly.
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I will say, that if you wonder if you have split your pelvis — my most painful thing in the world was putting pants on. I would tear up in the morning when I was trying to get dressed. Something with balancing on one leg and then lifting the other one — it was just ridiculous. It made my whole torso and core area messed-up. I am guessing I was compensating, and other muscles and ligaments were over-worked. Who knows. What a mess!
Anyway, fast forward 5 years later. When I work out, I’m good with most exercises, until my core needs to get heavily involved. My core is a wimp, and I need to WHIP it into shape. I need to tighten the tummy to fix the pelvis. I still have a really hard time doing exercises like the bicycle that alternate between legs. So, this year, when school started, I decided it was time to really get serious about my core.
Here’s what I am doing right now:
1. Monday I do Lindsay Brinn’s Mom’s Boot Camp 2. I do the warm up, core, cardio/toning, cool down. This takes just about half an hour to do all 3. There are 6 levels of both core and cardio/toning. I have taken 6 weeks to go through the whole thing, and now I am back at #1, following along with the advanced version. She does a TON of different core exercises and they gradually get harder, she also shows you 3 versions (easy, medium and hard) of each exercise. I have actually been doing this on Fridays also, but if I do the warm up with her again I may punch her face out. She’s fairly perky, and after 6 weeks… well, you know. 🙂
2. On Wednesdays I run. Just interval training. I hate running, but I notice that it is REALLY good for the areas on my body that are messed-up. I run for 30 seconds, off for 2 minutes right now. I try to have REALLY good form in those 30 seconds, suck my abs in and bring my knees high. After that I do the core workout of the week from #1, and then I cool down to a youtube video.
3. On Fridays, I am going to start doing some different cardio/toning of about 20 minutes prior to again doing the core workout of the week from #1 after it.
I also garden pretty hard core on Tuesdays, I walk with friends at least once a week. I try to be fairly active. I just saw Lindsay has a new postnatal workout, that looks really great (I did her pregnancy videos when I was pregnant with P), as well as her CFS method.
I am not looking for 6 pack abs — but I am looking for something that can help stabilize my back better, as well as keep those hips glued together. Often, during that special time of the month, my body releases a little hormone that helps everything relax, just a tiny amount and I will feel those hips want to get divorced again. Hopefully my core can be the glue for those crazy hip bones.
Do you have a weak part you want to get stronger? What do you do to fix it? Did anyone else’s pelvis separate? I-yi-yi, I’m sorry! Anything else I should add — or maybe stuff to consider once I’m done with round 2 of Lindsay Brinn?
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