Question: My baby is 3 weeks old and I am itching to exercise. Can I?
Answer: If you were to exercise at 3 weeks, your body might be tapping into sources that have not fully recovered. At 6 weeks, your body is considered “normal” in the fact that everything is back in its place. Your blood volume, uterus size, diaphragm, etc. have all returned to their original size/place. A lot of this happens rather quickly, but as you can see, your body is going through a lot of changes. Immediate postpartum weight loss comes from: amniotic fluid, placenta, blood volume, breast tissue, fat storage, swelling, urination, and the uterus involution (the uterus returning to its normal size).
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ (ACOG) most recent guidelines find no problems with resuming exercise quickly, assuming there are no surgical or medical complications. You can resume exercise once your doctor or midwife gives you permission. Typically, women who have vaginal deliveries are cleared around 4 weeks postpartum, while c-section mamas are typically cleared around 6 – 8 weeks postpartum.
You know your body best, so be mindful of all the changes, including your wrecked sleep schedule. Download our Prenatal and Postnatal Exercise Guide for all your exercise guidelines!
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