Post Baby Body: How soon did you start working out?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I just asked my midwife all of this stuff.  She said with a vaginal delivery you can start walking between 2 weeks afterwards. She said 30 mintues about 3 times per week. If you have a c-section nothing until 8 weeks because of blood clots. 

No ab work until 6 weeks because of the way your abs expand and you can damage them if you do that stuff too soon. She said that at about 4 weeks going back to the gym would be fine but she said only eliptical, steppers, weights, because the ligaments in your hips and pelvis are too lose to handle something like an aerobics class. She said you will feel unsteady and clumsy and over doing you risk injury.

Sorry if this is all over the place. I was just typing what I remember as I went 🙂

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think it’s best to probably ask your doctor at your next appointment. My friend was just cleared to go back to the gym 4 weeks after her C-section by her doctor. I had always heard 6 weeks for C-sections, but apparently this, like everything else in pregnancy, varies case by case, doctor by doctor 😉

 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

i think what helped me the most was working out DURING pregnancy. I wasnt high risk or anything but I would run to the gym, work out for an hour and run/walk back home (about a mile each way). I was really concerned about my post baby body… and after I had my baby my body took like a month to go back to normal!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

You need clearance from your doctor or mid-wife to really start working out.   I got mine 5.5 weeks after my c-section. But I started walking a few miles a day at about 2 weeks.  I went on my first run at 6 weeks and was def. ready for exercise at that point – I started a few times a week.  It felt so good to be able to have my body back and be able to work it out harder that I could/did while pregnant 🙂

I was worried about losing the weight too, but pls don’t be! It will come off, just give yourself a few months to get there…

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m planning to check with my OB next week, but I’m hoping to start walking with the baby in the stroller within 2 weeks after delivery and doing some light arm weights. I figure that will help me ease back in. I’ve heard 6 weeks is when you can plan to “do what you did before getting pregnant” and hopefully then I’ll be back in my spinning and Pilates classes.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I plan to give myself at least a month to just be with baby. I know I’ll be learning so much and I don’t want to stress myself out even more. I do plan to use my pool to do laps once I’m given the ok and of course I’ll be out walking, enjoying the summertime with baby and doing what i can from home. Come winter when baby is 6 months + I will join classes again. I plan to be at or pretty close to prepreg weight by the 1 year mark when (if) I go back to work.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I waited about 6 weeks after my son was born and was SO ready to get out of the house and move around. Also, right after he was born working out was so rewarding because the results were almost instant.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My post partum checkup wasn’t until 7 weeks after my c-section, and I admit I didn’t wait. I got on our treadmill probably around 4-5 weeks post partum. In my defense, it was low intensity (both out of caution and necessity- it was hard!). I tried some ab work and pushups after my dr cleared me and it took awhile to be able to do those.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MrsNeutrino:  How long into your pregnancy were you able to maintain that regimen?

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MrsNeutrino:  I’m so jealous of those that could work out while pregnant. I was high risk so that was out, but my friend just ran a marathon at 8 months!!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

@MissDareDevil:  I think it’s a little different for every woman, and it will depend on if/how much you tear as well. I am four weeks post-partum tomorrow and I’m still sore down there. I do go walking nearly every day and started that at about 2 weeks. 

I asked my midwife if I can work out at my appt a few days ago and she said no. She said I can slowly start doing my prenatal yoga DVD again as long as I go slow, don’t strain myself and stop if I feel more sore or start bleeding again. 

No offense to your husband but obviously he has no idea what a woman’s body goes through to get the baby out! It is intense and rough. I cannot believe how much it aches down there, I still take ibuprofen nearly every day to help deal with the pain. 

 

feel ready to start exercise too, but physically my body isn’t ready. My midwife said that as long as I still feel soreness down there, I shouldn’t exercise or have sex. Also, my energy level isn’t quite back to what it should be. If I walk too fast I still feel a little winded. Just pace yourself, I know you’re anxious to start – I am too! I was in so much pain during my pregnancy that I couldn’t do anything other than yoga so I am aching to start again.. but give your body time to heal! Just enjoy the 6-8 weeks with your new baby. You will have plenty of time afterward to work out!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

@MissDareDevil:  HAHA he makes me laugh lol. I made sure that my husband knew what it would be like. I know it was hard for him the first two weeks, but he took such great care of the baby and me. 

Have you been doing anything in bed? I was on bed rest for the last few days of my pregnancy and I did leg and arm circles a lot, leg lifts, lifting soup cans etc, so that my muscles didn’t develop any type of atrophy.

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