Dear Doctor…

dear-doctor-fIf you want to start an exercise program after giving birth, you need to get clearance from your physician or midwife first. I know, it sounds like the typical legal lingo for any exercise program, but this time, you really, really need to talk to your physician or midwife about exactly what happened during your pregnancy and delivery and how that will impact your exercise ability and progression.

Below, you’ll find packets to help you communicate with your physician or midwife and to get you started as soon as possible exercising in the right way.

 

Each packet contains a note for your physician or midwife, the first 6 weeks of your exercise progression (the first 12 weeks for those who had a C-section, were on bed rest, or had multiples), and a walking progression. Your physician or midwife can use the packet as a checklist to omit certain exercises or approve all of them.

HOSPITAL BAG PACKET

HOSPITAL BAG PACKET

Pack this one in your hospital bag if you think you’re probably having a vaginal delivery (of one baby, not multiples) and you weren’t on bed rest. After you have your baby, give it to your physician or midwife. This packet also includes the C-section progression (just in case) and the bed rest/multiples progression (in case you have any special considerations that will mean a little more easing in to exercise).

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C-SECTION PACKET

C-SECTION PACKET

If you have a planned C-section on your schedule, bring this packet with you to the hospital or show this packet to your physician after delivery. If you had a C-section already and would like to start exercising in the first 6 weeks after delivery, show this packet to your physician at your 1-2 week checkup.

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DURING BED REST PACKET

DURING BED REST PACKET

If you are on bed rest now and you’d like to talk about the possibility of exercising while on bed rest with your physician, show this packet to your physician.

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AFTER BED REST OR MULTIPLES (TWINS, TRIPLETS) PACKET

AFTER BED REST OR MULTIPLES (TWINS, TRIPLETS) PACKET

If you were on bed rest during your pregnancy and/or if you had multiples, bring this packet with you to the hospital or show this packet to your physician or midwife after delivery.

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A Step by Step Guide to
Exercise After Pregnancy

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