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This Is How You Can Safely Start Working Out Again After Giving Birth

These are do’s and don’ts of returning to exercise as a mother.

Returning to exercise as a new mom can be overwhelming. But it’s one of our most favorite topics ever and we’re here to help! We know how life changing having the right information and guidance can be at this time. The thing to remember is that exercise as a new mom is not just about what squats and lunges you could do but about shifting the focus to consider your whole self. We interviewed Jen Dugard, the founder and creator of MumSafe, the go-to website for mums to connect with personal trainers that are certified, experienced and partner with women’s health physiotherapists so that you know you are in very safe hands. In this article, we’re going to cover off our top do’s and don’t’s for you to think about when you choose it’s the right time to get started. Keep reading for more! 

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This Is How You Can Safely Start Working Out Again After Giving Birth

The Do’s of Returning to Exercise

Do put your bilkers on and compare yourself to no-one.  Remember, every conception, pregnancy and birth experience are different.  Comparison will do you no good. Tune into your experience and every step of the way ask yourself if it feels right for you. You can also remind yourself that your worth is so much more than the size of your body. The real you is not better or more lovable if you lose the baby weight quicker.  Your relationship won’t get better, and you won’t love yourself more just because you are smaller. Remember to monitor your energy levels and adjust your workout accordingly.  Layering on a super tough, high intensity workout when you are sleep deprived and emotional doesn’t help anyone!

What You Don’t Want to Do When Returning to Exercise

Don’t forget to learn about your pelvic floor. This group of muscles basically keep all of your insides in their rightful place, bladder, uterus, bowel. Take a trip to see a Women’s Health Physiotherapist, understand a proper PF contraction, do the rehab and not only will your postpartum self-thank you but also your menopausal self-will too in years to come. Also, don’t go too hard too fast!  I see many postnatal women strive for an aesthetic goal over and above all else.  Going too hard too fast especially in the early postpartum period can lead to injury and frustration.

Take your time. We want you to be moving safely and effectively for many years to come! You might also want to remember to not underestimate the worth of a great personal trainer or group exercise class that specifically caters to moms. Check their credentials to make sure they hold a pre & postnatal certification and take the opportunity to get out of the baby bubble, connect with others and talk to other real-life grown-ups for a few hours each week!

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