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The Benefits of Exercise After Delivery
Preparing for Postpartum Exercise
- Do not exercise vigorously in hot, humid weather or if you have a fever.
- Avoid jerky, jumping, or bouncing motions, or changing direction suddenly.
- Cool down after all workouts.
- Stop exercising immediately and consult your doctor if you experience pain, dizziness, rapid heart beat, pubic or back pain, bleeding, or palpitations.
- Remember to stay well hydrated.
Tips for Fitting Exercise In
- Slowly increase your activity level as tolerated.
- Trade babysitting with other mothers.
- Buy a jogging stroller.
- Invest in home exercise equipment and some exercise DVDs.
- Find a gym with reputable childcare facilities.
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American Council on Exercise http://www.acefitness.org
The Canadian Women's Health Network http://www.cwhn.ca
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada http://www.sogc.org
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 01/2014
- Update Date: 01/31/2014