The benefits of post natal-exercise

  • Weight loss
  • Restored muscle strength and tone to correct or regain good posture, balance and co-ordination
  • Restored/improved pelvic floor and abdominal muscles to reduce the risk of stress incontinence.
  • Develop good technique with day to day activities, essential to back care

Some Do’s and Dont’s of Post-Natal Exercise

DO:

  • Get the all-clear from your GP approx. 6-8 weeks after the birth (10 wks after a C- section.)
  • Remember it can take 12 months not 12 weeks to get back into shape.
  • Wear a good sports bra.
  • Drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise, especially if you’re breastfeeding.
  • Exercise your pelvic floor regularly.
  • Focus on good technique and alignment.

DON’T:

  • Despair over celebrity weight loss stories.
  • Overdo it. If your baby has been up all night and you’ve had no sleep, rest.
  • Make do with your old trainers if they don’t provide sufficient support.
  • Do sit-ups and crunches. Exercise your tummy muscles in an upright, functional position.
  • Push your stretches further to increase flexibility.

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