Active mums

Being active after pregnancy is great for your physical health and emotional wellbeing.

Some of the benefits include helping to control weight and return to pre-pregnancy weight, improving tummy muscle tone and strength, improving sleep, improving mood and reducing worry and depression. It can also give you some time for yourself.

It is safe to be active following childbirth, but it's important not to do too much too soon. Priority should be given to rest, recovery and bonding in the early days, before gradually introducing activity. If you were active before or during your pregnancy, gradually re-introduce activities but start off with adaptations. If you were not active before your pregnancy, start gradually and build up your activity levels over time.

Only after you have built up your activity levels to a moderate intensity, (typically over a three-month period), and in the absence of any symptoms of incontinence, pelvic pain, needing to go to the toilet urgently, or heaviness or pressure in the pelvic area, should you introduce more intense activities. As you do, continue to increase your activity gradually, for example, return to running using a Couch to 5k programme.

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