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Post Natal Exercise



Regular exercise has numerous health benefits, all of which apply equally to the new mother as at any other stage of life. These benefits include assistance with weight loss, increased aerobic fitness, social interaction and psychological wellbeing. Exercise after giving birth can also hasten recovery, and assist with muscle strength and toning.

Always consult with your doctor or midwife before starting any postnatal exercise program. Whether or not you are ready to exercise depends on individual factors. For instance, you may be advised to wait until your six-week postnatal check-up. In other cases, especially if you were exercising regularly throughout your pregnancy, you may be able to return to exercise sooner than that – perhaps within the first week or two.


Benefits of Post Natal Exercise

Exercising after you have your baby can improve your physical & mental wellbeing. It can:

Help restore muscle strength and firm up your body

Raise energy levels & improve sense of wellbeing

Improve mood, relieve stress and help prevent postpartum depression

Improve cardiovascular fitness 

Re-tone pelvic floor muscles to reduce risk of stress incontinence

Re-tone abdominal muscles to increase strength & enable them to support spine

Develop good technique in basic daily tasks, essential for back care

Correct/regain good posture

Enhance self confidence

Promote Weight Loss: this is a long term aim & should not be a major concern immediately


It is not recommended that women return to sport or intense exercise before the six-week post natal check following a normal delivery. Mothers who have given birth via a caesarian should delay this further to approx 8-12 weeks. However during the initial few weeks it is a good idea to go for daily walks & to strengthen the abdominals & pelvic floor muscles using the static contractions.


Post Natal Pilates & Yoga Course

 These sessions use elements of Pilates & Yoga to ease you back into exercise gradually. There will be lots of focus on strengthening core muscles, alleviating back pain & stiffness & helping you cope with the physical demands of life with a new baby.

These course run on demand & need at least 5 people to run.

Please register your interest here

If you NCT group would like to sign up for a course we can be flexible with dates & times.

For further info contact Lisa

Tel: 07971 194948

Email: lisa@mindbodymaintenance.com

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