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Fitness trainer reveals biggest mistakes new mums make when it comes to exercise

And, according to Brittany Noonan, trainer and fitness blogger, this hurry means that loads of freshly postpartum women are screwing up their regimes and bodies, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Metro.

Brittany says that the main mistake new mums make is rushing back to the gym almost as soon as they’ve given birth.

‘Give your body time to heal and ensure you have had your six week check up before starting any exercise routine,’ she writes.

‘I would recommend listening to your body and staying aware of how it feels – it may take a lot longer than six weeks to be ready to exercise.’

Too much too soon, she says, ‘will cause so much muscle tension and tightness you won’t be able to sit on the toilet, bend down to pick up the baby and will turn you off going back (to the gym)’.

In other words, overdoing it will only hinder – not help – the process of recovery.

Brittany says that she resumed her own gym regime 10 weeks after having a caesarean.

Before heading back to the gym, she says that she used to do pelvic floor workouts at home to heal her ‘abdominal separation’, as well as taking her daughter for walks in her pram.

 

The other big mistakes include new mums comparing their bodies to other women’s (‘don’t jump on Instagram and start comparing yourself to other “fit mums” who have a whole lot more time, in most cases money and education around fitness’.) and attempting to work out alone.

‘The BEST thing you can do before returning to exercise…is to see a women’s health physio and have your pelvic floor strength tested, your abdominal separation checked and also a general check up of your joints – particularly those around your pelvis and lower back,’ she says.

She also recommends thinking about hiring a personal trainer who specialises in postpartum fitness.

“These small investments financially will ensure that you are returning safely.’ Another big ‘no’ is apparently doing sit-ups and crunches during and after pregnancy – which she says applies to every woman up to six months postpartum.

Finally, she reminds new mums not to put too much pressure on getting back to ‘normal’. Brittany says that it’s normal not to be able to do the things you used to do previously but it’s just a matter of time.

‘When it comes to postpartum fitness, slow and steady definitely wins the race for long term health.’  

 

Read also: Jogging can protect your knees from arthritis – study.

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