Postpartum Exercise Guidelines

Participating in a postpartum exercise program is beneficial only if you adhere to all the specific considerations and guidelines to ensure personal health and safety as you re-enter a program.

Trying to rush back too quickly when your body and not yet completely recovered from pregnancy and participating in the wrong types of exercises can cause greater harm than good.

What is important is that you only return to a postpartum workouts once you have been give the all clear from your doctor.

The type, intensity and duration of your workouts will depend on pre-existing fitness, your pregnancy health, labor and delivery and your post-natal health. Your health care provider should monitor your health after giving birth on a continuous basis.

Postpartum Exercise Guidelines

Our PregActive Postpartum Exercise Programs INCLUDE:

• Postural awareness and strengthening.

• Gentle stretching.

• Rest and relaxation.

• Appropriate recovery of pelvic floor and core strength.

• Gradual progression of exercise to match your level of core strength and control.

• Appropriate low impact exercise styles.

• Load, reps and sets are based on the ability to maintain pelvic floor control, underlying core stability and normal breathing.

Our PregActive Postpartum Exercise Programs AVOID:

• Exercises that may cause loss of bladder or bowel control.

• Exercises that may strain vulnerable areas such as neck, lower back and shoulders.

• Jerky or ballistic movements.

• Exercises that cause holding of breath.

• Exercise intensities or duration that make you feel hot, exhausted or excessively sweat.

• Exercises that cause holding of breath.

• Exercise that compromise quality of movement.

• Exercise that may cause or exacerbate any prenatal related condition.

• Contact activities (to minimize risk of falls and blows to the abdomen).

• Exercise that may cause or exacerbate any postpartum related condition.

• Exercises that cause a bearing down on the pelvic floor.

• Abdominal exercises that involve significant outer abdominal muscle load such as sit ups.