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advice on exercise after c-section

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Sunshine1509 Thu 28-Jan-16 12:53:28

Had an elcs 5 weeks ago, I don't have my post natal check for another 3 weeks but am keen to try and get back into something in the next week or 2.
I have been walking for about 20mins everyday at a normal pace and am fine with that
I need to lose about 2 stone and tone up everywhere but unsure what exercise is best - not a fan of running or the gym and not keen to get into a swimsuit but I do enjoy classes just not sure what to go for

Chococroc Thu 28-Jan-16 14:41:59

Not what you probably want to hear but I really would just stick with walking until your 8 week check. I did too much too soon after mine and split my stitches, really not much fun! Or maybe go for a guided class like postnatal yoga (although they may not let you join until after your check).

Wardrobespierre Thu 28-Jan-16 14:46:13

I had a school run to do from day 4 after the cs. I walked for the first few weeks. Then walked faster. Then added in an extra loop of the village. Then left without enough time to make it and so had to trot/jog. By 9 weeks I was back to light jogging. I just built up very slowly. The weight and tone sorted itself out gradually. I was back to a pre-pregancy weight and fitness by 20 weeks.

Sunshine1509 Thu 28-Jan-16 14:49:20

Thanks both, It's the school run I'm doing everyday and I can feel myself getting back to my normal walking pace slowly
It's so frustrating isn't it because I otherwise feel completely fine but don't want to overdo it and end up Setting myself back
Yoga sounds good actually will see what I can find

PragmaticWench Thu 28-Jan-16 14:53:02

Pilates would be much better for you than yoga as it focuses on repairing your core muscles, and those are the ones that have been cut through. There are post-natal specific Pilates classes in some areas, I think Fit Back and Bumps do one and some others may too.

ivykaty44 Thu 28-Jan-16 15:55:10

I walked everyday from about two weeks after birth. I was walking between 4-5 miles per day and kept it up. Half in the morning and half in the afternoon. I just ditched the car and walked briskly instead.

Tbh I found it easier just keeping everything under the pram and off we go rather than all the faff of in and out of the car folding buggies etc

Saz12 Sun 07-Feb-16 21:00:34

I would suggest walking - a brisk walk or a hilly walk will be great. Ultimately, the C-section cut through your core muscles, and it's these that help stabalize everything when you run (pelvis, hips etc). Then all your ligaments etc will have softened up as part of late pregnancy, so unless you had a good efficient running style already then am not sure I'd be wanting to run.

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