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So you have just had a baby and now starting to think about returning to exercise, but where to start…
In this post I am going to share my advice on the optimum timeline for returning to exercise after having a baby. Please remember that this is a loose outline as your recovery is individual to your pregnancy, delivery, lifestyle and overall health. If you had a c-section or a difficult delivery then you may need longer to recover so please don’t rush or beat yourself up for taking your time.

Unfortunately the rhetoric around postnatal recovery is still very much along the lines of panic, confusion and a mad rush to get back to ‘normal’ as soon as possible. I totally understand why this happens as we want to feel good and return to a familiar level of exercise.

Firstly, I think its important to say there is no shame in wanting to get back to your pre pregnancy exercise routine & wear your old clothes again. Feeling strong, body confident and moving pain free is so good for your mental health as well as your physical wellbeing. However I always say to everyone please do not rush the process! Trying to run before you can walk (often quite literally!) isn’t going to do you any favours either in the short or long term.

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