Google leads you down a path of confusing and conflicting information with many of it incredibly outdated. The general guidelines & do's and don't of pregnancy do not factor the individual and training variables at hand and simply label movements as 'safe' or 'unsafe'. Or provide general advice like; ’just listen to your body’ and ‘you can return to whatever you were doing pre-pregnancy.’ We deserve so much more than bullet points - and I wanted to change that.
My approach is not about what fits my bias and rather driven towards your long term performance and interests. I understand, I empathize. I have been through this journey myself. Seeing your body change both physically and performance wise is HARD. Navigating those early postpartum weeks/month is both euphoric and monumentally overwhelming. When I found out I was pregnant I exercised with the a different goal in mind. You're training for motherhood; the sleepless, hormonal marathon of caring for a newborn; to continue to do your daily activities and the exercise you love without pain or dysfunction.
We birth a baby with zero guidelines from our provider on how to recover other than 'you're cleared for exercise'. 6 days after giving birth, I was carrying Theo in his car seat to his first doctors appointment. Each week he was getting heavier and throughout the day I was squatting, lifting, bending, carrying, getting up and down from the ground, all while trying to rest and heal.