Top 10 tips on post-natal exercise

Are you mum-to-be who is planning ahead on losing baby weight after baby is born? Or are you a new mum who is keen on getting fit ?

Here are 10 tips which might help you get started.

1.  Get the all-clear from your GP at your post-natal check up. This is usually 6-8 weeks after a vaginal birth and 12 weeks after a C-section.

2. Listen to your body and adjust the intensity of the workout accordingly.  Some days you might feel you are up for a challenge, and some days you might feel a bit drained, perhaps due to lack of sleep. When you are tired, you are more prone to injury. The best thing to do is to stick to the workout, but lower the intensity, and aim to feel better and more energized after the workout.

3. Drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise. It is important to stay hydrated, especially if you are breastfeeding.

4. Wear a supportive sports bra.  If you are breastfeeding, make sure you use nursing pads during a workout as arm movements may promote milk flow.

5. Exercise your pelvic floor muscles reguarly.  If you have weak pelvic floor, focus on strengthening these muscles and avoid plyometric moves, jumping, or anything that puts pressure on the pelvic floor.

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