When Should I Begin Working Out Postpartum?
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.
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.