I can’t believe it, finally after many, many, years I’m actually starting to feel fit again, well that was until I decided to put myself on the start line of my first race in eight years.
Over the past four to six years I have battled with postnatal depletion, some of my symptoms have included constant tiredness (even when my youngest finally slept through), hair loss and only managing to train at a moderate intensity during this entire period.
If I were to exercise more frequently or at a harder intensity I would get sick, which regularly led to three to six weeks off exercise. That constant battle went on for a long time until I finally ‘listened’ and figured out exactly what was going on. So for the past couple of years I kept things easy to avoid an increase in symptoms.
Thankfully I’m now over it and it feels awesome, my hair is finally growing back. This winter was the first time I didn’t get sick and I can now push my body during exercise and get a training effect.
My story below is a reminder to mums, as we often forget exactly what we have gone through. I will also share some helpful tips to get you through the testing years:
Understanding the toll.
Ten years ago, I was an exceptionally fit triathlete and personal trainer, I would easily train 11 to 12 hours a week, now I’m lucky if I manage three.
The first pregnancy was a breeze, it was the birth and looking after a new baby that started to deplete my energy levels, I had absolutely no idea how demanding it would be. During the first postnatal year even though Kate was a very demanding baby I raced two half marathons and was fit enough to compete in the summer swim/run events. But it was during these short races I knew something wasn’t right, I was training but I wasn’t getting any faster and I knew from my coaching experience I was over doing it, but I pushed those thoughts aside and ignored it as I was quite keen to get pregnant again.