Post Natal Guidelines
What about getting active after pregnancy?
For those who have had a straightforward birth (and completed their post-birth check), activities might include:
- gentle stretches
- taking the stairs
- pelvic floor and deep stomach muscle
- a phased return to structured activities .
Build your activity up over three months - even if you were active before birth - because it is important to build gradually. Being active is also safe for those who breastfeed their baby, but everyone needs to listen to their own body.
The Active Mums Club website has a search engine of qualified instructors in your area who can help you return to physical activity. Whether you are looking for swimming, walking, group fitness or yoga, there is something for everyone
The Active Pregnancy Foundation suggest that being active following childbirth can:
- Improve your mood
- Improve cardiovascular fitness
- Helps with post-pregnancy weight management
- Helps with tummy muscle tone & strength
- Improves sleep
- Also reduces worry & depression!
National guidelines for post pregnancy physical activity
The Active Pregnancy Foundation have produced a video to help you to understand the physical and mental benefits physical activity can bring after pregnancy, and why it's important to take steps at your own pace.
Return to work
We understand this can be a really daunting thought, there are lots of things to consider.
We want to try and alleviate some of those stresses and worries.
Here is some really useful information to get you started.
Returning to work after maternity leave | Life as a parent, Work and childcare articles & support | NCT
We know that this is not only a transformative time for mum's but also their partners.
We would like to support where we can.
Advice for Partners | Pregnancy | Start for Life (www.nhs.uk)