When Should I Begin Working Out Postpartum?

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Always listen to your body, stay hydrated, and stretch before and after exercise.

When to Delay Working Out

LaReiene Chabut, in her book Lose that Baby Fat, explains that there are certain situations in which you may not be able to begin working out until three to four weeks after delivery:

  • If you have had a complicated, traumatic delivery.  
  • If you have and an episiotomy, as it takes about three to four weeks for sutures to heal.

If you have had a cesarean section, you may not be able to start working out until after you have received medical clearance, usually after your first postpartum checkup, which is six to eight weeks after delivery.

Before beginning any exercise program, consult your physician. If you experience bleeding or blood in your postpartum vaginal discharge (lochia), stop exercising and consult your health care practitioner.

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Always listen to your body, stay hydrated, and stretch before and after exercise. By exercising postpartum, not only will you lose pregnancy weight, but you will enjoy increased energy levels, improved mood, reduced anxiety, less depression, and enhanced cardiovascular fitness.

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When Should I Begin Working Out Postpartum?

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14 comments

  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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