Exercise After Pregnancy
After pregnancy, it is important to start incorporating exercise back into your daily routine. In general, you can start exercising two to six weeks after delivery, depending on the type of delivery you had. Some basic post-pregnancy core exercises include Kegel exercises, the pelvic tilt, and hip hikes. Your healthcare provider can help you develop a postpartum exercise program that is best suited for your situation.
An Overview of Exercise Following PregnancyYou have delivered your precious baby and things may be starting to calm down. Now may be the time to start incorporating exercise back into your daily routine.
Aside from shedding pounds, postpartum exercise will make you feel better. Exercising can actually give you more energy, reduce the risk of depression, and improve your ability to relax. Even if it is just to get out of the house, taking the baby for a walk in the stroller might truly be just what the doctor ordered.
When Should I Start?
For those who had an uncomplicated vaginal delivery, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says you can start exercising as soon as you feel up to it. This can be as early as two weeks postpregnancy. It is best to wait at least six weeks or until the first postpartum visit if you had a cesarean section or had any complications with a vaginal birth.
Also, it's a good idea to talk with your healthcare provider before starting any exercise program.
Exercise should be resumed slowly based on your own capability. If you weren't running before pregnancy, you probably shouldn't start two weeks after pregnancy. Your exercise program should also take into consideration your personal health history and type of delivery you had. Early on, focus on improving strength, especially around the core muscles, and regaining aerobic endurance.