Everything You Need to Know About Exercising Soon After Birth
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.