Now that your baby is here, you’re itching to get back into pre-pregnancy shape. But how soon is too soon to start exercising? And can you ever truly expect to get your old body back?
The truth is, it’s never too soon to start working out. In fact, continuing to exercise throughout your pregnancy is not only good for you and your baby, it could help you get back into shape more quickly once the little one arrives. Low-impact exercises, like walking and swimming, are ideal for pregnant women.
Once your bundle of joy is born, the only impediment to starting your workout routine is how up to it you feel. Working out hasn’t been shown to affect breast milk production or composition, and experts agree that it’s safe and healthy – as long as you feel ready. Most women need a few weeks to recover from a vaginal birth, and even longer to recover from a Cesarean section.