Everything You Need to Know About Exercising Soon After Birth

Exercise after birth can include light walks around the block

Being physically active and doing your pelvic floor exercises is incredibly beneficial post-birth.

Following birth, your body has a lot of repairing and healing to do so it’s important to get clearance from your LMC, GP or a pelvic health physiotherapist before commencing workouts again. Even if you were used to a high level of fitness during your pregnancy, it can take some time for your body to adjust to its pre-pregnancy form – especially in terms of your core strength and your pelvic floor.

It is advised to begin with low-impact workouts for at least the first 12 weeks postpartum – think slow, gentle exercise such as going for a walk around the block. Listen to your body and don’t push yourself too hard. Avoid lifting heavy weights, swimming, engaging in high-impact workouts such as running and HIIT (high intensity interval training), or taking part in contact sports until you have been given the go-ahead from a healthcare professional.

It’s a good idea for every birthing person to have a postpartum check-up with a pelvic health physiotherapist at around 4-6 weeks after birth, but especially before moving to moderate or high-intensity exercise. They will not only check your pelvic floor and assess you for any complications such as a prolapse, but they can also provide you with a safe exercise programme that is tailored to your needs.

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