Getting Back Into Safe Exercise After Having A Baby

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Getting Back Into Safe Excercise After Having A Baby

After having a baby, you often feel like a whole new person.

Sometimes, that is not a good thing.

On the one hand, you have been through this amazing experience. AND you have created a life, which feels pretty magical.

On the other hand, your body probably feels a lot different to the one you are used to.

There might be pain or discomfort, there might be some extra lumps and bumps, and you may not be as active as you once were.

So, your mind may turn to thoughts of exercise.

When you do start exercising again, it is important to do it in the right way. Otherwise, you might find yourself in even more pain than before.

How can you get back into exercise after having a baby safely?

Well, we are about to answer that very question now!


Getting Back Into Safe Excercise After Having A Baby

When Is The Right Time To Start Exercising?

This is a question that doesn’t have a definitive answer. It is a bit like asking, ‘how long is a piece of string?’

Technically, the right time frame is when you have been cleared by your LMC to do so. This often happens around your 6 week check up. But, as every pregnancy is different, the time frame can differ. You don’t want to push yourself too hard, too soon.

You also have to be feeling good to get back into things. There is no point pushing your body into something that you don’t feel ready for. Listen to what your body is telling you in terms of readiness.

Also, once you do get started, read the signs from your body again. Exercise after having a baby should leave you feeling energized and invigorated. If it leaves you feeling depleted and lethargic, then it might be time to wait a little longer.

Making Sure You Start Right

As you are probably well aware, your body is not the same after pregnancy. Things have moved around, muscles and ligaments have loosened, and even parts of your body will have weakened. Often, you will compensate for the changes in your body by moving differently. In fact, you might even create new movement patterns.

This can be dangerous for your postpartum recovery. Those very muscles and ligaments that are weakened during pregnancy impact your posture and alignment. If you are using irregular compensated movements, then you can maintain an unnatural misalignment in your body. Obviously, that is not great for your recovery and can cause long term issues.

So, how can you start right?

Getting Expert Advice

Personal trainers want you to be your best version of you. Unfortunately, not all of them will understand the impact, pregnancy, birth and motherhood have on your body.

That is why it is really important to work with a trainer who has the right knowledge to help you safely exercise after having a baby. Fortunately, here at Gobstopperz, we have partnered with a great one! Kirstyn from KC Fit is a personal trainer AND a Mum who has suffered from stomach separation.

Having seen countless women damaging their bodies by trying to return to exercise incorrectly, she decided to specialise in postpartum fitness. Under her guidance, thousands of NZ Mums have regained their fitness and safely returned to exercise while strengthening their postpartum bodies.

Crunches, burpees and planks can all be putting your body at risk of injury, no matter how long ago you had your baby.

The KC Fit programs are suitable for Mums who have weak pelvic floor muscles, a tummy split, lower back or sciatica pain, or who have only just given birth. The exercises are all adapted so that they ensure your safety and are effective in helping you achieve your fitness goals.

If you are interested in knowing more about safe fitness for Mums of all ages and abilities, then check out Kirstyn’s Sneeze Without Wees program. Here at Gobstopperz, we have partnered with Kirstyn to bring these programs to you! Find more information on the program by clicking here

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