When Should I Begin Working Out Postpartum?

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After delivery, you may be concerned with the pounds you have gained during your pregnancy. When you can begin working out postpartum is dependent upon your physical condition.

The pelvic floor is weakened during delivery.

Performing Kegel exercises will help strengthen the pelvic floor. 

It also depends on your energy and strength levels. In addition, it is important to consider your prior exercise history, not only before pregnancy, but during pregnancy as well.

If your delivery was uncomplicated and you did not receive an episiotomy, you can probably begin a very mild workout as soon as you truly feel ready physically and mentally.

With your doctor's approval, you may begin:

  • Walking
  • Stretching
  • Kegel exercises

Start with 10 to 15 minutes of walking, three times a week, and then gradually increase activity up to 30 minutes per day, and 5 days per week.

The pelvic floor is weakened during delivery. Performing Kegel exercises will help strengthen the pelvic floor. Loss of bladder control is also a common consequence of child birth. Kegel exercises also help reduce urinary incontinence, which can be a problem when working out.

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Kegel exercises are named after the gynecologist who first made them popular in the late 1940s. To perform Kegels, lie on your back. Next, squeeze the muscles around the vagina and anus like you're trying to hold in urine. Hold for 10 seconds, then release. Experts suggest 10 or 15 contractions at a time, performing five or six sets a day.

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  1. Adah says:

    I had no time for workout and still was looking for an easy and healthy way to lose my baby weight. When I started drinking mummy magic weight loss tea and within next two months, I was back to my pre-pregnancy shape losing almost 35 pounds.

  2. Grace says:

    i sometimes feel like just keeping up with my 4 children is enough workout

  3. Rebecca says:

    being active is a great thing, but sometimes it is improtant to do what your doctor tells you. just because you feel great dosent mean your body is ready.

  4. Courtney says:

    I want to start but I’m 5 weeks pp

  5. mommy nhoj says:

    I went to check our local gym then but did not allow me to workout only after 6 months. After that period, we migrated! Goodbye, gym membership!

  6. gfeld says:

    Hoping to start really soon. gotta lose the pregnancy weight!

  7. kristi12 says:

    Got back to prepregnancy weight in about 3 months just by walking and breastfeeding.

  8. MrsPearson says:

    hope i will be feeling right to do so i had bad leg pains sometimes i hate walking now

  9. Gotta start working out!

  10. sheenaholman says:

    I used to never workout, but that wont cut it anymore.

  11. Faleshia says:

    if you have had a csection then it is VERY important that you do not try to work out until you are fully healed or you can do yourself some serious damage.

  12. I started as soon as i got home from the hospital, just short walks around the block making it a little bit longer as i felt capable.

  13. Evangelita says:

    I started excersising after 6 weeks. Right now I do little walks or ride to my local library. It feels really good to be able to do something else besides lie in bed and eat. 😀

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