Post-natal exercise

Don’t be in a rush to get back to exercise post-baby.

Post-natal healing can roughly take around 1 year to complete once baby is out. However, in saying that, exercise has many great benefits: helps with mood, reduces risk for post-natal depression, great for cardiovascular fitness, great for loading the bones and great for baby too!

Did I mention how great it was?

Before getting back into it, some things to consider.

  • Everyone is different- listen to your body.

  • Get the green light from the Gynacologist before you start.

  • See a Physiotherapist specialising in Women’s Health for a post-natal assessment. Click here to find out more about this.

  • Supportive bra’s

  • Hydrate hydrate hydrate

  • Exercise in the cooler parts of the day

  • Smart small and work it into your day

    • Nappy change time? Do your pelvic floor exercises. Read last months blog on how to do this.

    • Witching hour? Go for a walk with baby in a baby carrier for a slightly more intense cardiovascular workout.

    • Its all getting too much? Breath. Slow deep breaths into the lower ribs. Learn more here.

Below I’ve summarised the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists guidelines. Note: EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT. YES I AM SHOUTING. I cannot emphasis this enough.

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To book an appointment with a Physiotherapist specialising in Women’s Health, call 8721 9972 or email info@ifcpt.com.