Hiya! I am 5 weeks post partum today but really probably could have started gentle exercises a few weeks ago 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!
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.
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...
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 - pilatesbygeorgia.com if you want to take a look.