Early postnatal exercises have lots of benefits
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I believe that if your body is a good place you will cope better with the physical and emotional demands of motherhood. Even though you are busy with your delicious newborn baby, taking time out to do some early postnatal exercises will help your recovery:
- moving your spine and stretching your muscles will help prevent back pain and sort out niggles before they build up you can see that your abdominal muscles have been stretched from your pregnancy.
- Your muscles need your attention to strengthen and tone them to give you back your shape and give you a strong wall at the front to support your back when you are lifting and carrying your baby
- Just carrying a baby for 9 months stretches and weakens the pelvic floor muscles underneath. A vaginal delivery further strains the muscles and you may have had cuts or tears in the muscle too. Gentle pelvic floor exercises promote blood flow, reduce swelling and get the healing process off to a great start.
FREE INFORMATION BOOKLET: Physiotherapists promote MOVEMENT as soon as possible after delivery to help your circulation, stretch out your abdominal wall, regain your posture, engage your pelvic floor and support your back. There is an excellent booklet, “Fit for the Future”, published by the POGP, my professional physiotherapy network, full of clear guidance and advice for the early days after your birth. You can download a free pdf of “Fit for the Future” here.
VIDEO: Early postnatal exercises, safe & effective for Birth to 6 weeks
These exercises are for the first stage of your postnatal recovery, from coming home to 6 weeks. You can follow me through a sequence of gentle but effective Pilates movements which actually mimic all the things you are already doing, walking around, climbing stairs, stretching – but with cues to show you how to use your abdominal muscles and pelvic floor to support you and help you feel more comfortable.
If you had a caesarean delivery I have made a special video for you to follow. Read more in this post.
If you have exercised through your pregnancy you will LOVE to be using your body safely and effectively again. If you are new to exercise, welcome to a wonderful fitness journey!
Below is a (silent!) trailer, to view the video in full CLICK HERE, use my promotional code AmandaPostnatal for extended one month free access to all the videos on Pactster.
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