I'm wondering if anyone has thoughts or experience about getting back into high impact exercise following childbirth?
I'm in my late 30s and gave birth to my second child about 18 months ago, and from early on in the pregnancy I had very bad pelvic girdle pain (PGP) which really affected my day to day life; I went to bed in pain and woke up in pain, and could hardly walk towards the end. After giving birth, it eased up, and I wasn't constantly in pain, though even a brisk walk would bring it back. Carrying on the next nine or so months, the pain finally gave way--until I wanted to take up running again (after a five year hiatus); I first took up running when my oldest child was about nine months old, and had no problems. This time I could only run about three steps before I was back in agonizing pelvic pain which lasted several weeks.
This has been the case since. I can't run without pain, and it's the kind of pain that tells me something's wrong, not that I'm just out of condition/stretching unused muscles. I can manage a brisk walk, though even that gives me little twinges, as does pushing, pulling and lifting heavy things. I've learned to stop if I feel that pain.
I've tried stretches found online, which help ease pain a bit (pain lasts only one or two days instead of a week). They don't seem to prevent the pain, which is what I'm after. I would like to be able to run again without hurting myself.