I saw a tweet last week from a new dad saying he was happy to be getting back on track with running post-baby. My first thought was along the lines of Post-Baby? You didn’t just have a baby!! But after letting his words sink in for a bit, I began to see more and more truth to what he said. True, the husbands are not the ones who just carried and delivered a child. BUT, they DO have a new baby in their lives – and in some ways, I think the spouse’s return to running post-baby may sometimes be tougher.
The woman has to deal with the physical limitations of having just given birth, but the spouse may have to deal with his/her own set of challenges that comes with being the spouse of a postpartum woman. I think it can be challenging for the spouse to juggle fitting in physical fitness while still being supportive at home (especially working a full-time job).
From my experience at home, I was given the full support of my husband to return to running very soon after both boys were born. I had very easy L&D and was given clearance to run when I felt ready. It wasn’t because I had a race on the calendar, but rather, because I loved running (and missed running w/o carrying around a watermelon!), wanted some semblance of control over my body back, and selfishly
needed enjoyed a bit of time away from the stress of a newborn (esp when it was my first!).