Sorry I haven’t blogged for a while but I’ve been away having a baby! Well, my wife actually had the baby but I was there holding her hand. I’m now the proud Daddy of little baby Emma! I’m so happy right now and being a parent of both Adam and Emma is one of the most magical things I’ve ever been blessed with.
While I was in the hospital, I picked up a leaflet by the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health (ACPWH). It had some rather interesting information on exercise after childbirth.
The following information applies to all new mothers no matter how you gave birth. They includes safe and practical advice to aid your recovery. After you’ve given birth, the natural thing to do is to give your baby lots of attention. This is great but it’s also important to take a little time for yourself. You can’t expect to return to full pre-pregnancy fitness immediately but there are things you can do now to help get yourself back into shape. Regaining your fitness, will give you more energy and possibly avoid problems later.
Regaining good posture after you have had a baby is important, this will help the way you look and feel. Standing, sitting, lying or being active with good posture may help to avoid future aches and pains.
Before reading on, I suggest you have a quick look at my article on Pelvic Floor Muscles Exercises. Also read my article on The Abdominal Hollowing Exercise before performing any of the exercises below.
Exercising your abdominal muscles
The abdominal muscles form a natural corset supporting your back and internal organs. During your pregnancy, these have been stretched and become weakened. Exercises will help you regain your body shape and prevent or relieve back pain. The deeper abdominal muscles may work at the same time as the pelvic floor muscles.
You should start all exercises by lying with your head on a pillow, knees bent and feet shoulder width apart and arms by your side. My wife (Amy) will now take you through 4 simple exercises, which are also useful in helping to relieve wind and nausea following a caesarean delivery.
All the best,