Postnatal exercise comes with specific guidelines: you should get sign-off from your GP at six weeks before starting any fitness regime (prior to that, only gentle walks are advisable), and be mindful not to attempt what you were doing pre-pregnancy right away, but to rehab properly.
“Every woman’s post-pregnancy journey is different,” says PT, fitness influencer and new mother Kayla Itsines. “It’s essential that you work closely with your health professionals and only do exercise that you have clearance to do.”
After pregnancy, many women suffer from a condition known as ‘diastasis recti’, where the abdominal wall separates. Taking this – and other postnatal complications – into account when working out from home, it pays to follow a specialist programme, or interact live with an expert who can advise you personally on your post-pregnancy journey.
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This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR UK
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Kayla Itsines, one of the most influential PTs Instagram has ever seen, created a post-pregnancy programme after becoming a mother herself. Accessible via her Sweat app – alongside the celebrated Bikini Body Guide (BGG) – the specialist 12-week programme comes backed by a panel of obstetricians and exercise physiologists. Designed to support new mothers to rebuild strength and fitness after pregnancy and birth, the short workouts range from 15-25 minutes, to slot easily into time-poor lifestyles.
To access it, sign up to the Sweat app, choose Itsines as your trainer, then select ‘Post-Pregnancy’.