(Closed) How soon after baby did you start working out again?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
271 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You can’t until 6 weeks after. And even then, only light.

Post # 4
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007



I totally had all these plans of being active during maternity leave, and it just never happened. My body recovered enough to work out pretty quickly (I feel like my OB told me to take it easy for a couple weeks, but not 6 whole weeks), but I just never had the time or energy or babysitter to do it. Or the money to join my old gym 🙁

So I guess my advice is to make sure that you’ve got support to help you achieve your workout goals.

I did Crossfit into my second trimester, and there’s a good site that talks about how to stay active through pregnancy: http://crossfitmom.com

The “post-partum” section suggests mainly just listening to your body, ramping up workouts slowly, and being particularly careful of ballistic movements because your ligaments are still a little out of whack.

Post # 5
1312 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I don’t remember exactly. I want to say I waited about 8 weeks before getting into the running routine again. But I took lots of walks with my son during those 8 weeks. 

Post # 7
6571 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

It really depends on your delivery too. I was still pretty sore b/c of a tear 3 weeks after she was born. And if you have a c-section it’ll be hard on your body too. I started walking pretty early, nothing hard, just to get my body moving again.

Post # 8
5654 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m pretty sure that if you deliver vaginally there shouldn’t be any reason why you have to wait any longer than when you feel ready. If you have a cesarean, you will need to wait until being released by your doctor (quite possibly up to 8 weeks after)

Post # 10
828 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Working out is really important to me, too – and probably why I’ve been depressed about weight gain/swelling – I get cranky when I don’t work out, too.. but feeling physically unable to get around and do a light workout bums me out. 

My good friends with babies started working out/running again at 8 weeks postpartum but definitely were doing light walks, light yoga before then. I hope to do the same. Darling Husband is really supportive. He’s a hockey instructor during the winter and in the gym daily. He’s really supportive of making time for us each to get there at some point during the day/night. 

Post # 11
1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I started running 6wks after giving birth and started training for my first marathon, which I participated in when DS was 15months old.  Totally doable!  The jogging stroller made it possible, giving me time with DS, a workout, and also helped him nap most of the time. 

Post # 12
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

@mommytobee:  I’m sorry if I sounded skeptical, I was totally just laughing at myself. I had crazy unrealistic expectation for maternity leave. I was going to read some quality literature. Work out. Learn Spanish.

Does watching 4 seasons of Friday Night Lights (twice!) count?

I think it’s awesome that you’re already thinking about how to prioritize this, and make it work. I think getting out and having some time to focus on you, and to get moving, is great and really helpful.

Post # 13
317 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m 3.5 weeks pp, I tried to do sit-ups Monday night and OUCH.  Dr. says excercise and sex when I feel ready.  We dtd at 10 days and it didn’t hurt, but sit-ups killed me. 

I had a smooth delivery, pushed for an hour, no tears.

Post # 14
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@StbHisMrs:  OMG, 10 days?!  Does your husband know how lucky he is?!  Wow, 10 days is incredible.  I thought we were doing good by only waiting the 6 weeks till I had my post-partum checkup.

Post # 15
5 posts

I went back to the gym (using the elliptical machine and taking hour long strength/cardio classes) at 12 weeks postpartum. Before that I took 30-40 minute walks around the neighborhood.

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