Exercise after childbirth can be somewhat of a hard issue to navigate. After all, our bodies just went through a tremendous pain-filled experience, I mean we brought a human being into this world! That being said it is very important that you let your body property heal and recover before beginning any type of vigorous or high-intensity exercise routine. BUT, it is important to begin to incorporate regular exercise back into your daily or weekly routine for many different reasons.
Benefits of Postpartum Workouts
- Helps Promote Weight loss
- Helps To Strengthen & Tone Ab Muscles
- Proven To Boost Energy Levels
- Encourages better sleep
- Great Stress Reliever
- Allows For personal “You” Time
- Helps Reduce Symptoms Associated With Postpartum Depression
- Sets Positive Example For Your Children & Family
Many women wonder what the effects of exercise may be on their breast milk supply. If this is one of your worries have no fear. It has been proven that moderate exercise has shown to have no effect on breast milk while high-intensity workouts done often can create a build-up of lactic acid in your milk creating a sour taste for your infant. Although this can happen it is also very rare that it does. That being said, it is extremely important to listen to your body and the signals it gives you. Don’t push yourself to do too much to soon or try to lose your pregnancy weight too fast. Give yourself time but stay active!
In most cases, it is recommended that with any regular vaginal delivery it is best to wait 6 weeks before beginning your normal exercise regime. And with a c-section, it is commonly advised to wait 8 weeks. However, some women do begin low impact exercises like walking within a few days after giving birth. During pregnancy, your pelvic muscles weaken a lot. It is a great idea to try to incorporate a lot of core or floor exercises into your routine to help rebuild the loss of strength within your abdomen and core muscles.
With any type of exercise routine, it is always best to speak with your health care professional who has a better understanding of your needs, limitations, and health concerns.