If you have concerns about your postpartum weight loss, talk with your health care provider.
Limit your activity to caring for yourself and your baby.
If you had an exercise routine during pregnancy, ask your health care provider when you can begin again. You can start the gentle postpartum exercise routine described below the day after you give birth.
If you had a Cesarean birth:
You can start doing Kegel exercises the day after your baby is born. You may need to build up to the number of Kegels you were doing before your baby's birth.
Start with regular Kegels and build up to doing super Kegels.
You can also begin this exercise routine the first day after your baby is born. Start with doing each exercise two times a day. Each day do one more repetition per setuntil you are doing 10 of each exercise two times a day.
Position: Lying on your back or side with knees bent.
Position: Sitting or lying.
Position: Lying flat on your back with your knees bent and your fleet flat on the bed or floor.
This exercise strengthens your abdominal muscles and helps relieve backache.
When the separation is less than two finger widths, you can start abdominal strengthening exercises, such as curl-ups and sit-ups.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, sixth edition, preg-ahc-90026, ISBN 1-931876-25-8
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