Exercise Overview

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Dr. O’Connor

Exercise is an important way that you can take care of yourself, especially after having a baby. Exercise can be resumed postpartum when you feel ready. If you had a complicated pregnancy or delivery, you need time to recover and should check with your healthcare team prior to resuming exercise.

Many hospitals have an exercise guide for postpartum mothers, or you can ask your provider if he can suggest an exercise program. Don’t forget the three most important components of smart exercise: warm-up, stretching, and cool-down.

Don’t be surprised if you experience some dizziness when you first begin to exercise after delivery. The dizziness is caused by all of the changes in your body. Be sure to stop exercising if you feel lightheaded, dizzy, short of breath, or have any pain. If this happens, contact your provider and let him know what you’re experiencing.

It’s a good idea to start out with nothing more strenuous than walking. Always talk to your healthcare team before you begin any exercise program.