Getting back in shape after having a baby is a big concern for many new mums, however knowing where to start can be a challenge. The fitness regime that may or may not have preceded pre- pregnancy probably feels like a distant memory, that coupled with the heady early weeks of motherhood, can mean that any form of exercise becomes less of a priority.
Following the all clear from your GP at your 6 week check or 10 weeks post c-section, you can technically do any type of exercise you like, however I would recommend following the advise of a fully qualified pre and postnatal fitness instructor as there are many factors to consider, from Diastasis Recti (separation of tummy muscles) to pelvic floor issues.
However daunting it may seem, starting out is easier than you think! These days there are so many different classes you can try whatever your fitness level, from babywearing exercise classes like Kangaroo Fitness to buggy exercise and mother and baby yoga. Not only will you benefit physically from the session but emotionally too, post-natal exercise has been shown to decrease stress levels and help reduce post natal depression. Exercising with your baby is a wonderful bonding experience, it also gives you the opportunity to meet other new mums and little ones.
The important thing to remember is go easy on yourself, everyone wants to get their pre pregnancy figure and fitness levels back, however there is no rush!