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How soon after a c-section could you start working in a couch to 5k?

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BettyBi0 Sat 30-Jan-16 00:03:59

It's totally pie in the sky at the mo but I'm all pregnant and whale-like and fantasising about my new healthy fit post-pregnancy buffness hahaha.

I'll probably end up with another c-section so how long should I wait afterwards before starting gentle brisk walking/ mini jogging

MrsMook Sat 30-Jan-16 08:06:55

See how you feel, every one is different. Not before 6-8 weeks as the body needs to heal, and running is a lot of impact on a weakened core.

My CS was an emergency following a long labour and complications, and an SPD ridden pregnancy, so my starting point was walking to the end of the road and back and returning to bed. That was about 10 days. I gently increased the walking and at 10 weeks started Buggy Fit. At 6 weeks I started a postnatal pilates type DVD. It was about 3 months when I stopped feeling a bit fragile. That's obviously a longer recovery than a healthy pregnancy and ELCS, but I got there!

confusedandemployed Sat 30-Jan-16 08:11:22

I had my EMCS aged nearly 40 and I was in an exercise class on, I think, the 18th day post op. I was walking the dogs on day 6.

However I think running would have taken longer. Perhaps I could have managed the first few weeks but not sure about when it goes to being more running than walking.

But in reality - everyone is different. I recovered brilliantly, but I know someone who took months to recover. Add a newborn into the mix, which let's face it is a headfuck at the best of times (in a good way...usually grin)

Good luck and don't push yourself too far too fast.

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