Exercise Guidelines for New Mothers

Exercise Guidelines for New Mothers

During pregnancy and the birth of your child, you’ll be wanting to find a place that understands and can give guidance and support to help you get back in shape. Approximately one in three women experience pain that persists after the birth. Thankfully, exercise during and after pregnancy may reduce this risk. Here are some guidelines for exercise after birth:

• Commencing pelvic floor exercises soon after birth may reduce future urinary incontinence

• Women should discuss their exercise plans during the 6 week review

• Most exercise can be resumed by the sixth week

• Given the added fatigue of caring for a new born, consider reducing the intensity of your exercise, and building up gradually

• Women who have had caesarean or complicated delivery should monitor the level of discomfort and healing

• Moderate exercise does not affect breast milk or baby’s growth

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