Getting Your Body Moving after Labor and Delivery

Monday, June 22, 2015

Exercise provides lots of benefits for your health after pregnancy. Exercise can help you get back to a healthy weight and firm up your body, and it even raises your energy level and improves your mood! It can be tough start exercising because of the physical demands of pregnancy, childbirth, and caring for a new baby. But if you are healthy, there’s no reason not to get moving.

Talk to your health care provider before getting started. Start slowly and gradually build up to more challenging exercises. If you were active during your pregnancy, it will be a bit easier, but don’t try to resume your former activity level right away. If you had a cesarean birth (C-section), it may take a bit longer before you can become active. Talk with your health care provider to decide when the time is right for you.

When you are ready, try walking at first. Begin with 10-minute strolls in and around your home, and before you know it, you’ll be pushing your baby around the block in a stroller. Getting outside will give you a chance to enjoy a change of scenery while doing something good for your body.

Once you’re feeling stronger, you can add more vigorous exercise. Listen to your body, and don’t push yourself too hard. If you ever feel like something is wrong, or if you have any concerns, talk to your health care provider. 

Check out Healthy Weight Management for New Moms for more information about healthy weight loss after childbirth. Meeting Your Nutritional Needs is also important to maintaining good health for your post-baby body.

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