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when can i start exercising my abs after having a cesarean section?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
By 3 rd wk: Most of the ob&gyn surgeons will allow to do progressive exercises by this time healing will be almost complete.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Gradually >6 weeks.: Do not exercise until 6 weeks postpartum! gradually increase your activity after that point and go back to full activity after your child's first birthday in order to avoid hernias!

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Does working out dry up my milk?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: Moderate exercise has been shown to increase prolactin, a helpful hormone for breast feeding. Strenuous exercise may increase the lactate level in milk which may change the taste a bit. Sweat may introduce a salty taste, so showering before a feeding is reasonable after a workup.
A 28-year-old member asked:

When can I start exercising after a cesarean?

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6 weeks: You should wait at least 6 weeks before starting to exercise after a c-section. Light walking is ok but do not lift anything heavy or do anything strenuous to protect the stitches you have on the inside. They take longer to heal than the skin incision that you can see on the outside.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What can I do and what should I avoid when exercising while pregnant?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
IF fit-2 main things: Being involved in a fitness activity is a consideration for pregnant women in stable health with no complications who have time and want to exercise (beyond normal activity). However, even they should always follow these key rules: 1 ask their most experienced OB providers what can be done now and ask again at every visit and with each new diagnosis or problem 2 avoid lying flat on the back & pain.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How can I continue to work out, despite a back problem?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Do core work: You may want to alter your workouts to incorporate more core stabilization routines and try more cross training. Avoiding certain workouts may help like rowing and , heavy weight lifting especially squats and deadlifts as well concentrating on less weight with increased reps.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Every day must I do intense workout?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
No, rest is crucial: Periodsnof rest can be as important as the workouts themselves if you want to improve overall fitness (strength, endurance, speed).

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