The postnatal or postpartum period comes with it's own set of guidelines for exercise. Women looking to start a fitness program should seek guidance and approval from their doctor of physician first. Most doctors will recommend starting or beginning an exercise program 2 weeks or more postpartum for normal vaginal delivery and 4-6 weeks postpartum for a cesarean or traumatic vaginal birth. Keep in mind that this will be a gradual process and, again, everyone will develop on their unique time schedules.
Some changes that postpartum women may experience include (but are not limited to):
- Shrinking of the urinary tract
- Uterine cramps
- Breast Discomfort
- Vaginal dryness
All these mentioned above need to be taken into consideration when starting any exercise routine. Be aware of your body and be sure to contact your doctor if any abnormality arises.