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When To Start Exercise After Pregnancy

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Facts


    • If your pregnancy and delivery were uncomplicated you can immediately start a light exercise programme including activities such as walking, deep abdominal exercises, pelvic floor exercises and gentle stretching
    • If you had a complicated birth or Caesarean (c-section) it is important to see your doctor or midwife before starting exercising. This is usually at your six week check-up when healing is well underway and your body is getting back to normal.
    • Your ligaments and joints will be loose for up to three months after pregnancy so delay and ease back gently to vigorous stretching, high impact exercises and sports that require rapid change of direction.

Tips

    • The key is to ease back into exercise and only do what feels comfortable.
    • If you were active during and before your pregnancy you should be able to ease back to your usual exercise program and more.
    • If you haven’t been active but want to get fitter, start gently and build up as you are able.
    • Regular exercise (approx 120 minutes per week) of moderate to vigorous intensity exercise actually significantly decreases physical fatigue.

NOTE: It is best to check with your health practitioner before embarking on an exercise regime to make sure it is safe for you

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