Post-Pregnancy Fitness

In the weeks following your baby’s birth, you probably have a lot more on your mind than toning up. However, after a little time has passed and you’ve recovered and are getting used to the sleepless nights, you’ll probably find you want to get back into some kind of exercise routine, or start one anew if you were never much into fitness before. Here are some quick tips to get you on the road to fitness, and back into those pre-pregnancy jeans.

 

When can I begin?

You can begin light exercise, starting gradually and increasing slowly, fairly soon after your baby’s birth if everything was smooth and without complications. Going out for walks with your baby is a great way to begin, as is light stretching and yoga. Wait until your 6 week postnatal check for anything more vigorous, and if you’ve had a caesarean section then it’s best to wait 6-8 weeks to do anything other than walking, as you’ll need a little extra healing time.

 

What can I do?

Once you’ve got the all clear to begin, walking may be a good start, and once you’re clear of any bleeding, swimming is also a great way to get in shape. Building up your distance and speed and moving around as much has possible will increase your fitness, especially if combined with a healthy, balanced diet. Cycling is another good aerobic exercise, and if your walking progresses well, you can build up to jogging as a way of toning up and shedding baby weight.

 

If you struggle with solitary exercise, joining a class doing something you enjoy such as yoga, pilates, zumba or other forms of dance can be fun ways to get moving while meeting new people. If you’re at home with the baby most of the time, you could also consider a postnatal fitness DVD; there are many made with new mums in mind, and these can be done easily in the comfort of your living room while the baby naps.

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