advice and exercises after delivery

Essential advice and exercises after delivery

Not sure what exercises you should do after your birth? Lost your information from the hospital or midwife? Need advice? Follow the link below to the best sound medical information put together for you by a team of specialist physiotherapists.

I believe that if your body is in a good place you will cope better with the physical & emotional demands of motherhood.  

Early postnatal exercises have lots of benefits

Even though you are busy with your delicious newborn baby, taking time out to do some early postnatal exercises will help your recovery:   

Physiotherapists promote MOVEMENT as soon as possible after delivery.

  • moving your spine & stretching your muscles will help prevent back pain.
  • you will also sort out niggles before they build up. 
  • your abdominal muscles need your attention to strengthen and tone.
  • Exercise will give you back your shape and strength to support your back when lifting and carrying your baby
  • Gentle pelvic floor exercises promote blood flow, reduce swelling and get the healing process off to a great start.


My professional organisation POGP has developed a fabulous information booklet with the essential advice & exercises after delivery:

POGP booklet Fit for the Future

This free booklet has clear guidance and advice for the early days after your birth.  You can download a free pdf of “Fit for the Future” here.

You will find pictures of rest, changing & feeding positions, getting in & out of bed, and bowel emptying. Specific advice for after a caesarean.  Also detailed pelvic floor exercises, as well as starting and progressing your abdominal exercises.

And do join me for calm, safe, clearly led Postnatal Pilates classes suitable Birth to 6 weeks, or 6 weeks +. Professionally made videos which you can access for free. More details here.

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