Exercising after childbirth

Exercising after childbirth

Most new mommies are worried about getting back into shape after they’ve had their babies. If you’ve been active all through your pregnancy, it should not take you a long time to get back into the exercise routine. But many pregnant women are advised complete bed rest in the third trimester. For them, exercising and managing a baby may seem extremely difficult. For breastfeeding moms, it is more difficult to lose weight because they have to eat extra calories.

Generally, it is recommended that women wait six weeks to start exercising if they’ve had a normal delivery and eight weeks after a caesarean. It is most important, however, to listen to your body. You may want to exercise, but you may not ‘feel ready’. Moreover, one should wait until uterine bleeding has completely subsided.

Start by talking regular walks when your baby is asleep. Many yoga, aerobics and pilates classes have been designed for new moms. Sign up for a weekly class. Also, it is recommended that women should continue with their Kegel exercises, which are known to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.