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After giving birth, many women are anxious to get back to the gym and slim down to their pre-baby weight. It is important to allow time for your body to heal and adjust to the traumatic changes if just went through. But when is it safe to workout again?
If you had a natural birth, you can start to do light exercise such as walking and yoga poses within a few days after giving birth. Wait at least six weeks before getting back into a higher impact exercise routine. If you had a c-section, wait six to eight weeks before getting back into an exercise routine, although light walking is safe. As you regain your strength, you will start to build your stamina and can then increase the amount of exercise you do each week.
Fitness health is important, but always listen to your body and don't overdo it. If you weren't active during your pregnancy or did not do much exercise in the second half of your pregnancy, consult your doctor before you begin to exercise again.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|