faq for mums

Q: When can I start the babyweights?

A: For those who have had a vaginal birth I suggest you wait until your six week check up with your doctor. For those who have had a caesarean delivery I suggest waiting until 10 -12 weeks. Everyone recovers at a slightly different rate based on your pregnancy, your birth, your exercise history, etc. If you choose to try some of these exercises before my suggested time, please start gradually and allow yourself time to build up your repetitions and only perform the exercise at its easiest level.

Q: Are there any exercises I can start straight away?

A: Yes. It is important to resume basic pelvic floor exercises as soon as possible. Click on pelvic floor for more information and suggested exercise. Also start doing some gentle stretching.

Q: How old does my baby need to be to perform exercises that use him/her?

A: I advise not using your baby until she/he has good head control. You can perform all the lower and middle body exercises without your baby if your baby is not ready.

Q: Can I do all the exercises with a heavy baby or toddler?

A: The weight of your baby may prevent you from performing an exercise with correct technique. Safety tips are highlighted on certain cards with a baby icon.

Q: How long does the hormone relaxin stay in my body and what effect does it have on exercising?

A: Relaxin can remain in your system for up to five months. While relaxin remains in the body, your joints are more fragile as there is less support from the surrounding tissue, ligaments and tendons. It is advisable to avoid high impact exercises, such as jumping and jogging, until at least five months after birth. babyweights exercises are all low impact. It is also important not push yourself too much while stretching during these months.

Q: Can I do all the exercises if I am breastfeeding?

A: Yes. All the exercises are low impact so they shouldn’t make your breasts sore. You might, however, choose to exercise after feeding your baby, so your breasts won’t feel uncomfortably full. Some research suggests that breastfeeding straight after very rigorous exercise can cause milk to contain high levels of lactic acid that can temporarily affect taste. However, this only applies to truly strenuous exercise (Davies et al 2003, Su et al 2007).

Q: Do you have any other recommendations before I begin exercising?

A: Make an appointment with a womens’ health physiotherapist and have a real time ultrasound to check your pelvic floor and transversus abdominis functionality.