If you’re a new mum (or due to have a baby soon!), you might be interested to read my piece in the Nottingham Evening Post today (20 August 2013) about The Duchess of Cambridge and Baby George where I list my top tips for exercising in the first few weeks after birth.
Did you managed to catch a glimpse of Baby George on TV/in the news today? I think it was utterly charming that the photographer was Kate Middleton’s father. The pictures have come out really well and everyone (including the dog) look so relaxed.
I hope this past month since Baby George was born, Kate and William are spending some quality time with their newborn, learning the ropes as new parents and shying away from the media and public attention.
It’s tough work being a new mum. Constant feeding, endless nappy changes, winding a colicky baby and picking your baby up several times a day for a cuddle all take their toll. Motherhood is physically demanding and it’s no wonder new mums suffer with neck, shoulder, back and pelvic pain after birth.
Top tips for postnatal recovery:
- Don’t stay in the same position feeding for too long, otherwise you will seize up
- Take baby out in the fresh air frequently and meet up with other new mum friends
- Work your pelvic floor muscles straight away
- Ask for help, accept support and don’t do everything yourself
- Drink plenty of water (at least a pint every time you breastfeed your baby)
- Get adequate nutrition and step away from the cheese and biscuits at 2am
- Mention any problems relating to your postnatal recovery to your Doctor asap to get them sorted sooner, rather than later
Guidelines for new mums returning to exercise after birth are to attend a postnatal-specific workout class at 6-8 weeks following a natural birth, and 10-12 weeks after a c-section.