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Is It Safe to Exercise After Delivery?

Is It Safe to Exercise After Delivery?

Exercising after having a baby is beneficial both physically and psychologically for most new mothers. It helps work off the extra pounds gained during pregnancy while increasing energy levels and improving self-esteem.

The major benefits of postnatal exercise include:

  • Faster recovery and healing process after birth.
  • An increase in your metabolism and faster return to your pre-pregnancy shape and fitness levels.
  • Reducing your stress levels and the likelihood of developing postnatal depression.
  • More energy and strength to deal with your new role as a mother.

Restarting an exercise program depends upon the health state of a woman. So, start slowly and gradually after the consent from your doctor.

Exercises for post-partum pregnancy can be:

  • Walking for 10 minutes, three days a week, and then gradually increasing the minutes as you feel comfortable and ready. If it is difficult to find time to exercise, take a walk while pushing the baby in a stroller.
  • Swimming
  • Low intensity aerobic workouts
  • Strength training, with a personal trainer or specialist physiotherapist is recommended.
  • Low impact aerobic workouts
  • Yoga and meditation

Exercise is good for you, but in the first few months after you give birth, don't overdo it.

If you experience pain, increased bleeding, shortness of breath, heart palpitations or difficulty walking, stop exercising and contact your Gynecologist immediately.