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Suitable post partum exercises

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Rinmybell Sun 01-Jan-17 09:37:11

I am 5 weeks post partum today but really probably could have started gentle exercises a few weeks ago blush
Any suggestions for exercises or good work out videos I can start out with? I don't have the time to get to the gym as have very limited childcare due to DP's work hours.
My stamina is appalling and I am a little -obese- overweight with a BMI of 30, so a run around the park would not happen.
Thank you - and happy new year!

Rinmybell Sun 01-Jan-17 09:37:45

Excuse the failed strike through.

Crumbs1 Sun 01-Jan-17 09:40:35

Put baby in pray and walk - reasonable pace and increase distance every other day. Start with about a mile or two and increase to five over a month.
Good for both of you.

SomewhatIdiosyncratic Sun 01-Jan-17 18:53:39

Walking. Start gently and build up the pace and distance over time.

I used the Erin O'Brien postnatal recovery DVD. Good for rebuilding core strength appropriately.

There's growing numbers of buggy fit/ bring baby classes too. They'll tend to accept from 6 weeks.

Take it gently. Even the simplest pregnancy and birth need recovery. Injury is easier due to relaxed ligaments (especially if breastfeeding) and abdominal muscles shifting. Until your abdominal wall comes back together, avoid moves like crunches which will strain it.

randomsabreuse Tue 03-Jan-17 17:54:37

Baby in sling, go about your daily business... helps if you live somewhere with crap parking and hills so it's easier to do sling than fight car seat, queue for a parking space. Went from hate running before baby to running 5k slowly but easily just by not being arsed with the car but doing baby groups in town...

BagelDog Tue 03-Jan-17 17:57:37

Pilates has been brilliant for me, my instructor is also a Physio and fully trained in ante and post natal, I started v gently at two weeks after all three of my sections and it has been brilliant. All her stuff is online and free and the post natal bits are clearly marked - if you want to take a look.

Rinmybell Thu 05-Jan-17 00:51:27

Thanks so much! Really helpful blush

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