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How Can I Get Back Into Shape

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Getting back into shape

The best way to get back into shape is with exercise. Don’t consider doing anything until at least 6 weeks after birth (12 if you’ve had a caesarean). And check with your doctor that you are physically ready to get going before dusting-off those trainers!

Once you've got the all-clear take things slowly and gently. And don’t forget that your body produced a special hormone when you were pregnant. This relaxed your ligaments and joints more than usual to allow your baby to grow and increased the pelvic area ready for delivery. You probably still have some of the hormone in your system, so you'll be more prone to injury if you're too energetic too soon.

  • Start with some gentle walking, building up a bit of speed after a few sessions.
  • Pelvic floor exercises can be done pretty much anywhere.
  • Once your doctor says it’s OK, try some aerobic exercise; a local exercise class, dancing in your front room, a brisk walk or swimming.
  • Some mums even use their baby as part of their exercise routine! If you’re walking, take the buggy.

The key is little and often. Aim to work 10 minutes of exercise into your routine here and there to begin with, working up to 30 minutes three times a week. But always remember to listen to your body!

A healthy diet

You must make sure you’re getting the right nutrients and have at least 2, 000 calories a day. However, whilst you need to have the right nutrients and not diet, you can keep your fat intake down, which may help with weight loss. Choose low-fat, high fibre foods, swap biscuits for fresh fruit when it comes to snacking. And watch what you drink, you’d be surprised how much sugar can be hidden in drinks.

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