Essential Tips for Postpartum Exercise

| Posted On Apr 11, 2023 | By:

Having a child is a wonderful and busy time full of adjustments. You may wonder how you can help your body adapt to life after having a baby. I previously shared some of my best tips for activity while pregnant, and I’m back with more information for recovery and activity after childbirth.

The First Six Weeks Postpartum

During the first six weeks after childbirth, you will focus on healing and recovery. This phase might take months if you had a C-section or a traumatic birth experience. You can still work on walking as tolerated, gentle movement exercises, and breathing with abdominal activation.

Six Weeks and Beyond

Getting clearance from your provider to exercise does not mean you should quickly return to earlier exercise programs. Start light and gradually increase the intensity of your exercise. Be mindful that if you are breastfeeding in any capacity, you may have some extra looseness through your joints due to hormone fluctuations. This could mean you’ll need to do lighter activities than you expected. Things to focus on in general and with exercise:

Want more specific guidance for return to exercise? Talk to your OBGYN or midwife about seeing an Atrius Health physical therapist who specializes in working with postpartum patients.

Do you have urinary leaking or vaginal pain? Reach out to your OB/GYN or midwife to discuss treatment options.

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About Katrina Bubb-Kelly, DPT, CSCS

Katrina Bubb-Kelly, DPT, CSCS, graduated from Northeastern in 2012 and has been practicing at Atrius Health for since graduating. She has her Clinical Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification, as well as a Post-Partum Corrective Exercise Specialist Certification. She enjoys training clinical education students to pass on the knowledge she has acquired. She tries to stay active outside the clinic by doing outdoor activities with her daughter and husband.