Hi everyone! I'm looking for some helpful hints or your experience. I had my first baby 5 weeks ago via an unplanned c section. I am starting to feel "normal" again and itching to finally get back in the saddle. Any tips for making the transition back into riding successful? Thank you!
I waited until my docs ok, and was back on at 6 weeks having not ridden the entire 8 months [he was 5 weeks early, emergency C here as well].
I had 0 problems with my C [I never even took as much as a tylenol] or getting back on the horse afterwards... just take it easy, stop if you start to tire or feel discomfort and trust that you'll be back to where you left off in no time.
I'm pretty sure I waited 2 months. Remember your abdominal muscles are pretty much shot. So you MUST take it easy. A few more weeks is nothing compared to the issues you might get from going too fast. Last thing you want is a hernia, or worse.
If you insist, I would do short walks in a very supportive (dressage or western) saddle that kind of holds you in. And I would try to wear some sort of supportive/protective underwear with a high waist to help you.
Thank you for your replies. I have gotten instructions from my Dr on when I should be ready to start riding. I am not rushing into getting back in the saddle, I want to make sure I'm fully healed. I am curious as to others experiences once they return to riding.
I was the hard core "nutcase" who went and did a riding interview for a trainers apprenticeship 4 weeks after an emergency c-section.
Still paying for it, 5 years later.
I should have waited the 10 weeks they wanted me to wait to even be assessed for whether I was ready to return to riding or not. But my case was pretty extreme (DD had gotten stuck after crowning and we both crashed hard)
Lately I have little faith in my physicians, but this is one of those things I strongly recommend waiting for the OK.
Owned by a Paint/TB and an OTTB.
RIP Scoutin' For Trouble ~ 2011 at 10
RIP Tasha's Last Tango ~ 2010 at ~23
RIP In Sha' Allah ~ 2009 too young at 5