Baby Before Baby Health Radio Shows — 17 March 2014
New Moms and Fitness

Tips for getting back into shape after the birth of a baby.

New Moms and Fitness

Sure we’ve all heard about those women who get back to their pre-pregnancy exercise program weeks after giving birth, but for most women, the physiological changes of the postpartum period plus sleep deprivation makes an aggressive exercise program simply unrealistic. Still, there are a few low key exercises that almost any new mom can do, says Dr. Karen Nordahl, one of the authors of “Fit to Deliver.”

“When a new mom initiates an exercise program is dependent upon the mother herself and the type of birth that she’s had.  So if she’s had a cesarean section she may wait a little bit longer than if she’s had a vaginal delivery.  What we suggest is that they initiate their third trimester exercise program in the first six weeks post partum.  But simple exercises like keigle maneuvers and the core abdominal exercises can be done the day after birth whether it’s a vaginal or cesarean delivery. My advice to any woman who has every asked me is it’s nine months to gain the weight, it’ll take at least that long to take it off.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Dr. Karen Nordahl, one of the authors of “Fit to Deliver.” Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.

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