Postpartum Exercise: When Should You Start Working Out?
Get Started Slowly
How soon after delivery can you exercise? The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) says that walking, stretching, and floor activities are safe to begin between two to fourteen days after delivery. They reiterate that moderate exercise in the postpartum period will also help facilitate weight loss and increase a mom’s sense of well-being.
If you didn’t work out much before or during your pregnancy, start slowly postpartum. If you did maintain an exercise program before or during pregnancy, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists’ (ACOG) says it’s OK to gradually resume your pre-pregnancy routine (if your physician or midwife gives you the green light).
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