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Grazing / stitches

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Mummybear94 Fri 09-Sep-16 23:54:43

I'm a first time mummy and my daughter is now 4 week and 4 days and I had stitches and grazes I started back at gym last Friday I'm just wondering if that's OK and how long it will take to get my ab muscles back in place

Closetlibrarian Wed 21-Sep-16 22:37:49

Really?!?! You had a baby a month ago. Give yourself a break. And, anyway, the medical advice, which I'm sure your mw would have given you after birth, is to wait 6 weeks before doing strenuous exercise. You also want to make sure your ab muscles haven't separated (diastasis rectis) before doing any abdominal exercises.

LillianFullStop Wed 21-Sep-16 23:00:12

I've read to wait 6 weeks too for exercise.

Fluffsnuts Thu 22-Sep-16 04:36:47

You'll need the ok from your GP to start abdominal/ core exercises- usually given at your 6 week check. Need to ensure no abdominal separation and that your uterus has properly retracted or you risk prolapse. Whilst I understand wanting to get your body back, doing too much too quickly will cause more harm than good. For the mean time stick to cardio at 70% normal rate and leave off weights and core exercise and ease back if your body tells you too- this includes increased vaginal bleeding as its a sign of over doing it. Doing too much early on will set your recovery back further.

Fluffsnuts Thu 22-Sep-16 04:39:00

And if you are breastfeeding remember that your relaxin hormone levels remain high, increasing your risk of ligament damage/ over stretching.

sambababy Thu 22-Sep-16 16:46:09

^^what pp said. You can do yourself a lot of damage exercising the wrong way too soon after pregnancy & birth. Definitely no crunches/sit-ups until you've been told your abdominal muscles have closed sufficiently. Please speak to a health professional.

Hensintheskirting Thu 22-Sep-16 16:57:56

Cripes! You've got plenty of time to get your abs back in shape - you had a baby 4 weeks ago!! Allow your body to rest and recover properly. If you overdo it you could do some serious damage.

SockQueen Mon 26-Sep-16 15:35:04

Seconding all the above advice. Be particularly careful with abdominal muscles, as some exercises e.g. situps/crunches can actually worsen the muscle separation rather than helping! Don't just go back to your old routine, in a few more weeks wait and see if you can find a physio/trainer who knows about recovery from pregnancy/childbirth and can guide you with suitable exercises.

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