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How soon after giving birth can I exercise?

Although you may be eager to shed any weight gained during pregnancy, be prepared to allow your body time to recover from giving birth. Check first with your medical provider about beginning exercise. In general, if you had a vaginal delivery, you may begin mild exercise right away. If you had a cesarean, wait until after your six-week postpartum exam or until all abdominal tenderness has vanished; although you may climb stairs, avoid lifting anything heavier than your baby. Until your exam, exercise by standing up straight wearing sensible shoes, walking and holding in your abdominal muscles.

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