I used to think that labour would be like cycling up the Saleve 10 times without stopping. It wasn’t, it was harder, longer and less predictable. Pregnancy and birth are great at putting things into perspective. But this doesn’t mean physical challenges are easy afterwards. Quite the opposite, with your body recovering from major changes and sleep deprivation wearing you down, getting back on the bike can seem like a colossal challenge.
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Just like cycling up a mountain, the challenge is as mental as it is physical. Your muscles haven’t forgotten those kilometers you rode and mountains you climbed. So be brave and trust in your body. Getting back on your bike will do you a world of good, it did me.
After all, it is just like riding a bike.