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When to Start Exercising After a C section

When to Start Exercising After a C section

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The first six weeks after a C-section is a time for healing. Though you may be eager to get back your pre-pregnancy body, it is best to wait till your body has recovered completely before you start exercise.

Friday, March 10th, 2017

Listen to your body; it will tell you when you are ready.

If you start exercising too soon, there may be a risk of your scar splitting open or other complications.

Consult your doctor about when you can start exercising.

Start with mild exercises like walking and yoga.

You can start doing pelvic floor exercises as soon as you feel up to it. These exercises are important, as pregnancy puts a strain on your pelvic muscles.

During the first six weeks after delivery:

You can take short walks daily.

Gradually increase your activity at a pace that is comfortable for you.

Start with a 5-minute walk and then increase gradually.

After 6 weeks:

You can engage in aerobic exercise, brisk walking, jogging, swimming or cycling

Initially you may be able to do only 10 minutes of exercise at a time. Increase the duration of exercise gradually as your body becomes stronger.

You can start doing gentle sit-ups for toning.

What to Avoid?

Any high-impact activities

Lifting heavy weights

Doing too many sit-ups. (Avoid doing more than 10 sit-ups at a time and don’t do more than three sets of 10 sit-ups a day

It is safe to engage in physical activity after a C-section once your doctor says you are ready. Eat right, eat smart and keep your weight in check. Don’t use the C-section as an excuse for being overweight, unhealthy and out of shape.

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