Ante & Postnatal Fitness
Now that your baby is born you will probably want to get yourself back into shape as soon as possible. The physical relief that your body is your own again and is able to move freely in a more co-ordinated unrestricted way may inspire you to begin an exercise programme as soon as you are able. But wait before you rush off to the gym or return to your favourite energetic class.
Postnatal recovery isn't a matter of starting where you left off and resuming your pre-exercise programme, pregnancy and delivery have implications for your exercising body which you should be aware of before you begin.
Your return to fitness and regular weight should be viewed as a long term goal which cannot be achieved in a short space of time, after all your body needed nine months to grow your baby. With sensible eating and regular exercise you should find your weight reduces and your figure improves.
Things to consider with post natal issues are joint stability, stretched and weakened pelvic floor and abdominal muscles.
Your body is quite vunerable at this time and you should exercise with caution.
For the purpose of health related
fitness it is recommended that you
do not commence formal exercise
until you have had a satisfactory
postnatal check up.