Exercising After Giving Birth

When can I start exercising after having my baby?

It is recommended If you had a straightforward birth, that you can start gentle exercise as soon as you feel up to it. You could start walking, gentle stretches, pelvic floor exercises or gentle abs exercises.

It's usually a good idea to wait until after your 6 week postnatal check up before you start any high-impact exercise, unless regular exercise was part of your pregnancy and your GP, Midwife or health visitor gives you the thumbs up

If you had a more complicated delivery or a caesarean, your recovery time will be longer. Talk to your midwife, health visitor or GP before starting anything strenuous.


What should I remember before I start exercising after birth?

Your lower back and core abdominal muscles may be weaker than they used to be.

Your ligaments and joints are also more supple and flexible for a few months after birth, so although it may feel ok the risk of injury is higher with twisting and stretching.

Your old sports bra will not fit you any longer.  Your cup size and back will have changed size.  Go for a fitting for a new one.
If you are breastfeeding, exercise may create “leakage” .  Be prepared!