There are many things that you will find challenging on your post-partum journey. Not just the sleepless nights and never having enough "me time" but you may also experience an overwhelming feeling of guilt for taking any time for yourself. This is normal for many mums and it's important not to beat yourself up. You are still you and even more so you are now a role model to this little person who will grow up to often do what you do, not what you say!
One of my biggest challenges was making sure I returned to exercise safely with diastasis recti. I you're unsure what this is, it is when your abdominals separate due to your growing baby through pregnancy and any intra-abdominal pressure that is being created. It is not something to worry about but something to be aware of, especially for safe post-partum rehab. There will be some exercises you will need to avoid and others that you need to be cautious with. Even if you do not experience diastasis recti, it is important to rehab your core back to full strength from the inside out after pregnancy, rather than risk injuries or problems further down the line. Your body has undergone some dramatic changes during those 9 months and will require lots of TLC afterwards. If you've ever heard of women saying that they have never been able to lose their pregnancy belly, well it's highly likely it is because they have never re-trained and re-gained their core strength with the right exercises. And we're not talking any abdominal crunches here!