Many women are worried about doing any exercises after a Caesarean section. But then they find themselves becoming very stiff, hunched over and uncomfortable.
You can do exercises after a Caesarean! Specialist physiotherapists like myself can guide you which ones to choose.
Physiotherapists promote MOVEMENT as soon as possible after a Caesarean. It helps your circulation, stretches out your abdominal wall, regains your posture, engages your pelvic floor and supports 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, with a special section for after Caesarean. You can download a free pdf of “Fit for the Future” here.
Caesarean to 6 weeks postnatal exercise video
I have made a video of safe & effective exercises suitable for mums after a Caesarean Section. It is hosted by online platform BEAM
These exercises are for the first stage of your post-op recovery. From coming home from hospital to your 6 week check up. You can follow me through a sequence of gentle but effective Pilates movements. These mimic daily activities you are already doing like walking around, climbing stairs, stretching. I will add lots of cues to show you how to use your abdominal & pelvic floor muscles correctly. You will quickly feel more supported and comfortable.
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BEFORE you follow the video >>>>>>
A caesarean section is a surgical procedure and the post-op period needs to be approached with sensible caution. Before you start the video take a moment to ask yourself the following 3 questions:
- Why did you need a Caesarean section?
- Was the Caesarean operation straightforward, and have you had any post-op complications?
- Do you have any other medical issues?
30% of women deliver routinely by Caesarean section. There are many reasons such as breech presentation, prolonged second stage or foetal distress. Recovery is usually straightforward & this exercise programme will be lovely for you.
However if you needed a Caesarean section for an unusually complicated reason? Or you could write a small essay in answer to No’s 2 or 3 (!) this video might not be suitable. You may be better served by a 1:1 personal assessment of your situation and needs, rather than an online video. Do see the page about how to find a local women’s health physiotherapist.
Straight forward recovery?
If after pondering these questions, you feel that you are progressing as well as expected after C-section, please come and join in! Remember that MOVEMENT is good for you! Exercise will help you feel more flexible, stronger and in tune with your body.
- Take a little time each day to focus on some proper exercise for you.
- Do read the special guidance in “Fit for the Future” (download the free booklet here)
- Wait to start the “Caesarean to 6 week” sequence until you return home from hospital as the midwives will have checked that your wound is ready for you to move about freely.
At any time you have any concerns at all about your caesarean scar oozing or bleeding, or feeling anything but mildly sore as you exercise or after, then it is very important that you stop straight away and ask your GP or midwife for advice before you continue.
Women recover at different rates from a caesarean section. It is ok to just try 2 or 3 of the exercises at first. Then each couple of days add another one until you feel you enjoy doing the whole sequence.
CAN YOU HELP OTHER MUMS?
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Many mums are worried and nervous about exercising after a Caesarean. We want Supported Mums & BEAM to be friendly, safe places to get sound information and support on your postnatal journey.
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