Exercise Tips For New Mothers

Usually majority of the women do the formal exercise program within 6 weeks of giving birth but some time this time frame might be slightly longer for few women including those recovering from a C-section. Most of these women are start the exercise after there incision has healed and their doctor has cleared them for exercise. Just how soon you begin an exercise program will depend in part on how you feel. If you had an easy delivery with no tearing and few interventions and regularly exercised prior to birth, you may feel up to some light exercise within 2 weeks of giving birth. If this is the case, your doctor will most likely allow you to engage in some light activities, including walking. Strenuous activity should usually be avoided however until several weeks after birth. If you had an episiotomy or tore severely while delivering for example, your body may not physically be ready for a formal exercise program for at least 4-6 weeks after birth. How soon you begin exercising thus depends on your body and your unique circumstances.

Be sure you consult with your physician before embarking on a new exercise program regardless of your activity level before and during pregnancy. Let’s say that one more time because it is important that you must consult your doctor if you want to embark on an exercise program. Your body goes through a lot of physical disturbance when you deliver a baby. Initial an exercise program too soon will delay your recovery and could potentially injure your body enduringly. It may also take you longer than six weeks to make well fully if you start exercising too soon. Now, if you feel better and able to working out before you hit the six week mark, don’t hesitate to contact your healthcare provider. Most will support light exercise including walking, and some may encourage other types of activity particularly if you were active before you got pregnant. Each and every individual is unique and different, thus their ability to return to a regular exercise routine will vary after delivery.

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