Benefits of post natal excercise classes
- Faster healing and recovery from the rigours of the birthing process
- Increase energy to cope with the demands of new motherhood
- Speedier return to your pre-pregnancy shape and level of fitness
- Increase calorie burning / fat loss
- Improve strength and flexibility
- Regain posture awareness
- Improve your pelvic floor!
- Look and feel better
- Improve self esteem
- Reduce stress and depression.
- Socialise and meet other mums and babies
- Workout in a non-threatening exercise environment where we are all in the same boat and working to similar goals: “I want my body back!”
When is it safe to start exercising after birth?
A physical recovery period is essential to ensure the uterus has retracted back into the pelvis, bleeding and discharge have ceased and stitches have healed.
Initially after birth it is best to take it easy; resting and bonding with your baby is more important than putting on your trainers! However you can begin exercising your pelvic floor muscles. Also getting out and about is good for your physical and mental health, so try to take your baby out for light walks in his/her pram as soon as you feel up to it. Don’t feel pressured to exercise before you are ready. Listen to your body.
Before commencing any exercise programme or post natal fitness class please always check with your GP / Midwife. It is recommended that after a natural vaginal birth you wait until after your 6 week post natal check by your GP / Midwife. If you had a caesarean it is recommended that you wait until 8 / 10 weeks after birth.
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