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.
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
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