Hi there, I build up any activity that would have used my latisimus dorsi muscles had they still been on my back, as they still often think they are still back muscles and jump or get tight during such activites. They are then bound to get tired and may cause your new boobs to ache ... just a thought!
I guess we should try to take our swimming more steadily. My discomfort has eased over the week and I will swim again at the weekend but will take it more easily. I think exercise is really important and I do feel much better afterwards initially. The discomfort is a very small 'price to pay'!!
I had hydro therapy after my reconstruction and was encouraged to swim, but must say even a year on i do find it difficult, but usually afterwards i find things a little more comfortable the next day.
Hope you start to find things easier as you get fitter caterpiller.
I went swimming last week for the first time after my reconstruction (10 months since I had it) and was not prepared for the uncomfortable feeling that I had - it was quite a shock. I swam 30 lengths though as it did get better as I swam however I have had trouble with my recon ever since and quite a bit of pain. I am hoping to go again this week as I desperately need to exercise more now I am back at work and hope it is just like the muscle ache you get after any form of exercise after a long lay off!
Thanks for your comments. You know what I mean Kat. My recon feels a bit better today but still uncomfortable. I'm not a regular swimmer like you Redlou and probably should have paced myself a bit slower. Is breast stroke OK? Have tried back crawl but struggle a bit with my weak arm.
I've swum since four weeks after reconstruction, no problems at all, but IO am a regular swimmer.
Same here Caterpillar.
I took my daughter swimming yesterday and had rotten night with my recon giving me jip!!
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I would appreciate any advice / experiences of swimming after reconstruction. I am 2 years post op and have started swimming as part of my keep fit regime. Is there any stroke I should /should not do? I'm worried that I've done some damage as my reconstructed breast feels very uncomfortable after my swim this morning