Multiple factors influence the best time to start working out after giving birth. Some are medical reasons ,while others are personal factors.
this article will discuss one crucial question new moms have: when can I start working out after baby?
Start mild, when you can
Mild exercises such as gentle walks can be started as soon as you feel comfortable. Gentle walks can keep you from postnatal depression too.
Pelvic floor exercises (Kegels) can be started immediately after the birth. Mild exercises as also beneficial, so you don’t have to be too eager about starting intense workouts.
Pelvic floor exercises can help in protecting you against stress incontinence (unintentional loss of urine). It also helps the tummy muscles to regain strength.
Have you been working out?
Timing largely depends on how active you were when you were pregnant. If you engaged in regular exercise all through the pregnancy period, and you had a delivery with no complications, you can begin light exercises and stretching immediately after the birth. If you weren’t keen on exercising before or during the pregnancy period, or if you had labor complications, you should be more gradual with your post-pregnancy exercising.
Monitor your body
How you feel should be a guide to when you should start working out – if you feel energetic enough, then go for it. If you are struggling too much even with light exercises, you are probably not ready for workouts, and you should consider postponing.
The type of delivery you had is also an essential factor. Generally, most mothers will be ready for exercise six weeks after giving birth if they had a vaginal delivery, and eight weeks after birth if they had a C-section.
If you delivered via a C-section or you had an assisted birth, it is advisable to take up the workouts more gradually. If you had a cesarean section, waiting for six to eight weeks before you start working out would be good. This gives your body the much-needed time to recover.
Be kind to yourself
Intense exercise too soon is discouraged. Your joints can be affected by pregnancy hormones and breastfeeding, and the situation can last several months after the birth. Don’t push yourself too much.
Seek medical advice before starting
Swimming before a postnatal check is highly discouraged. Wait until you are clear of any postnatal bleeding or other complications so that you can swim. Seek your doctor’s advice before swimming if you had a C-section. Swimming before you are fully recovered can expose you to infections. If you experienced back pain or pelvic pain during the pregnancy period, seek medical advice first before starting a workout routine.