Many new mums exercise to get back in shape after childbirth. But if you’re thinking about starting postnatal exercises, it’s really important that you do it correctly. Because not only does it take your body months to recover from childbirth – you also don’t want to be wasting your precious time getting your post pregnancy workouts wrong!
Let’s look at why it’s so important that new mums avoid making workout mistakes post-pregnancy.
1. During pregnancy, your body produces the hormone relaxin, which makes your ligaments more stretchy in preparation for childbirth. It can take up to five months for these to get back into their original positions, and until then your joints may be weaker than usual, increasing the risk of injury. That’s why you’re commonly advised to avoid high-impact exercise for 3-6 months after birth.
2. New mothers may suffer from tender joints and backache, which are caused by the ‘relaxin effect’ and also by carrying baby. Exercising right helps avoid that troublesome pain.
3. We all know that new mothers don’t have spare time. Getting your postnatal exercises RIGHT means they’re more effective, so you get better results in less time. That has to be good!
At BeHappyMum we love bite-size exercises that new mums can fit into their busy days. And we know how important it is for new mums to exercise correctly, so we’ve developed simple Do’s and Dont’s for each of our FitMama exercises, to help you stay safe and achieve great results in the minimum time. Enjoy your exercising!
Do speak to your doctor or health visitor before starting your post-baby exercise regime, to make sure your body’s ready to go.
Want to know more about the 3 most common workout mistakes? Then check out our Do’s and Dont’s here: