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How soon can i exercise after giving birth?

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Dr. Amy Herold
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6 weeks: You can start walking and climbing stairs if you need to as soon as you feel up to it. Hold off on heavy exercise for about 6 weeks, especially if you had a c-section. For an uncomplicated vaginal delivery without stitches you can start light exercise sooner, but listen to your body, if it hurts then stop doing it.
Dr. Bryan Levey
Dr. Bryan Levey commented
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Does this advise only apply to vigorous exercise like aerobics and weight training, or can a woman do exercises like swimming, brisk walking, and maybe light yoga sooner than six weeks?
Dec 29, 2011
Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder commented
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Rec from the top doc at hT: It's typical for a healthy woman after an uncomplicated delivery to get back to gentle exercise in ... weeks/days, but your doctor's recommendation for you will depend on your medical history and the events of your delivery. For example, recommendation may change based on how much blood loss, presence or severity of a tear or episiotomy, a prolonged labor, if there were other complications, etc. Your doctor can also give you advice....
Oct 18, 2012
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Ask attending OB : The best person to ask what occurred in labor and what challenges a woman faces after delivery is the OB who was the senior doctor on the case. It's always appropriate for a patient to ask him/her to come talk to her even if not her usual doctor. Information about what transpired, eg, bleeding, can be gained and put in perspective plus advice about exercise and nutrition, precautions can be given.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder commented
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
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From another hT doc: It's typical for a healthy woman after an uncomplicated delivery to get back to gentle exercise in ... weeks/days, but your doctor's recommendation for you will depend on your medical history and the events of your delivery. For example, recommendation may change based on how much blood loss, presence or severity of a tear or episiotomy, a prolonged labor, if there were other complications, etc. Your doctor can also give you advice ....
Oct 18, 2012

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How soon can I start intense exercise after giving birth?

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Dr. Stephen Scarantino
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
Depends on type: If you had a c-section, resume formal exercise around 6-8 weeks. If you had a natural birth (and assuming there were no pregnancy/childbirth-related issues) you may resume exercise activities within days to weeks from when you gave birth. Regardless of birth mode, i would recommend gradually working back toward the level of activity you were at pre-pregnancy and checking with your OB first.

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