Confused by all the conflicting information that's out there on how to start exercising again safely after giving birth?
Follow our 4 tips to get back out there while reducing your risk of pelvic problems.
1. Do low impact exercise for 6 months.
Yes, we know – if cardio is your thing then this isn’t welcome news. But by swimming or cycling for a few months you can build up your fitness without risking your pelvic floor. This will help you get back to your pre-baby running ability without endangering your health.
2. Kegels are essential.
You can get exercise-safe much more quickly by doing pelvic floor exercises. The Kegel8 Ultra 20 Electronic Pelvic Toner is specially designed to help you strengthen your pelvic floor after childbirth. Start kegel-ing with Kegel8 from 6 weeks after birth and your pelvic floor muscles will be stronger in no time.
3. Check for signs of strain.
Once you’ve decided to start running again, be on the lookout for the following signs of pelvic floor strain. If you experience urine leaks, back pain or a heavy feeling in your vagina during or after exercise, STOP. These are signs of a potential prolapse. Be gentle with yourself by reducing your exercise routine and focusing on strengthening your pelvic floor.
4. Try a pair of EVB Sport Support Shorts.
EVB Sportswear is specially designed to reduce the strain that running puts on your pelvic floor by 71%. Once you’re ready to start running again it’s a great idea to make these the mainstay of your running gear.