Post Pregnancy Tips with Casey Stafford, Episode 5
This is episode #127 of J/FITNESS
Casey here, Owner of Fitness By Casey. As a Certified Personal Trainer and proud mother of two beautiful daughters, I am pleased to be partnering with j/fit on their J/FITNESS Blog to bring you my Post Pregnancy Workout Series. First off, it is very important to get the go ahead from your doctor before you begin exercising after having your baby. If you begin exercising too soon, it could prevent you from healing correctly from the birth. Generally, if you have exercised throughout your pregnancy, it is good to wait 4 – 6 weeks after a regular birth, and 6-8 weeks after a C-section before doing strength-training exercises. Again, your doctor will give you the thumbs up when it’s OK for you to start exercising. If you are suffering from Diastasis recti (a separation between the left and right side of the rectus abdominis muscle, which covers the front surface of the belly area), please consult your doctor about this condition before doing any abdominal specific training.
In our Post Pregnancy Video Series, I will be demonstrating 3 exercises per segment. It is important to strength train after having a baby to help regain any muscle strength that you may have lost during your pregnancy. During pregnancy we usually strength train with lighter weights to keep the baby and ourselves safe. Therefore, after delivery, this strength training series is an effective way to shed excess body fat you may have gained during your pregnancy and tone your muscles to help bring everything back to where it was pre-pregnancy.
In our fifth segment I demonstrate Plie Squats, Dolphin Push Ups and Reverse Crunches.
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