Everyone recovers from childbirth differently, no two mums are alike. It is so important for your physical and mental wellbeing to return to exercise slowly and steadily. Even if you exercised prior to, and during pregnancy, your physical recovery from childbirth can be unpredictable. It’s so important to listen to your body, go at your own pace and be aware of your limits.
Make sure you have clearance from your women’s health physio, doctor, midwife or maternal health nurse at your 6-week checkup before commencing any exercise program. It’s also important to only do SAFE abdominal exercises, appropriate to the postnatal stage you’re in. If you do strong abdominal exercises (like crunches) too soon, it can take longer for your belly to become flat, as you will keep stretching the recovering muscles before they are able to handle the tension.