You made a baby! It's amazing, it's a miracle, it's everything you ever dreamed of... but man it's been a long nine months and your body has morphed into something squishy that you no longer recognise.
You want to get your pre-baby body back (and hopefully you started exercising prior to and during pregnancy so the road won’t be as tough), but how soon is too soon to exercise? And how hard should you go? Where do you start?
Consult Your Doctor
See your doctor to check how your body has recovered physically from childbirth and discuss with them an appropriate exercise program. Seek guidelines on the type, duration and intensity of exercise that’s right for you.
Start Out Slow
Your body has been through a lot so give it a chance to catch up with your eagerness to return to lycra-loving form. Decrease your weights, do fewer reps and shorten your cardio sessions. Most doctors recommend a 6 week go-slow period after birth, especially if you’ve had a ceasarean.
Exercises To Do/Avoid
The type and intensity of exercise you can do after childbirth will depend greatly on what your fitness was like prior to and during pregnancy. Recommended postnatal exercises include brisk walking, swimming, aqua-aerobics, yoga, pilates, low-impact aerobic workouts, light weight training and cycling. Avoid any activities that require rapid changes in direction i.e. high-impact aerobics, running and contact sports. As above, see your doctor for further clarification.
Give Yourself a Break
Although gossip mags seem to promote celeb post-baby body watch as some sort of olympic sport, keep in mind the coaching squad of nannies, personal trainers, dietitions and personal assistants behind the scenes that allow the freedom to do this.
It’s not a race – and exercising like a maniac to fit into your skinny jeans in 2 weeks isn’t the answer. Just be patient, you’ll get there!
Hello and Welcome!
Hi! I'm Amanda and I'm so glad you found us. We would love to help you reach (and maintain!) your health and fitness goals.
I started She's a Knockout in 2009 after discovering for myself the life-changing benefits of healthy eating and regular exercise and becoming a qualified personal trainer and boxing instructor - I wanted to empower other women by sharing this knowledge!
I've lost over 20kg myself and have kept it off many years and 2 kids later.
Along the way there's been challenges - learning about nutrition and exercise, struggling for years to fall and stay pregnant, then sustaining a healthy and active lifestyle while raising young kids.
I've personally selected a team of positive, empathetic, encouraging and professional female trainers to help you lose weight, get fit and feel strong, sexy and confident! We specialise in training women in all stages of their lives, including prenatal and postnatal.
We come to you in many locations across Perth - whether it's your home, local park, apartment gym or office.
We bring all the equipment and will come at a time and place that suits you.