It’s been a matter of weeks since Australian fitness blogger Kayla Itsines gave birth to her daughter and Itsines has shared her journey with her already changing body.
The fitness guru shared a picture of her post-baby body with a side-by-side photo before she had her little girl.
‘If I am honest, it is with great trepidation that I share with you this very personal image,’ she says in her Instagram caption.
‘Every woman’s journey through life’s but especially pregnancy, birth and healing post-birth is unique,’ says the new mother.
She goes to say in her post that while we all have common themes, ‘Our relationship with ourselves and our body will always be our own’.
The fitness blogger encourages her followers to enjoy the ever-changing journey with their bodies regardless of how scary it may be.
Itsines' has been open about having a C-section when giving birth to her daughter. Though describing herself as a ‘bit sore’ after birth where she’s been advised to do no other heavy lifting than her holding her daughter. Caesarians are common in the UK with the NHS reporting one in 4 or 5 women give birth this way.
What should I know about my C-section after giving birth?
You will probably be in hospital a few days longer than a vaginal birth and given painkillers for discomfort.
Rest is highly recommended as you are only to do light activities.
When looking after your wound, your nurse will explain how to clean your wound however it’s imperative you keep an eye on it incase any infection occurs. Also, loose comfortable clothes is recommended and cotton underwear.
What am I not supposed to do after C-section?
As your body is recovering, heavy activities and exercise is discouraged. You will also not be able to drive, carry anything heavier than your baby and will not be able to have sex for around 6 weeks.
Constant communication with your midwife to discuss any changes with your body is a must during this period.
And remember, your body is your body. It will heal differently to other women. Keep that in mind.
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