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When should I start exercising after childbirth?

Missey Moe-Cook
Health Education
Birth is normal, natural and healthy. For a vaginal delivery, you can start exercising after childbirth as soon as you feel comfortable. If you experience a surgical birth, otherwise known as a Caesarean Delivery, it will take longer for your body to heal. Your healthcare Provider will be able to tell you when you can resume exercise.
Brooke Randolph
Marriage & Family Therapy
After pregnancy and childbirth, you may have difficulty recognizing your own body and may not like what you see. Most people suggest waiting six weeks after childbirth before starting exercise, and eight weeks if you had a cesarean section. If you are breastfeeding, you will likely feel more comfortable if you feed your baby before exercising. Exercise will help you lose the baby weight and feel more connected and in charge of your body. If you do not have someone to watch the baby while you are working out, find a gym with child care, work out at home during nap time, or take walks or runs with a stroller.

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