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your baby and you
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Exercise after a Caesarean Section
The advice after Caesarean section is no different- you can do the same
activities and exercises as anyone after your baby is born. However you have
just had an operation, with several layers of stitches in the lower abdomen,
so you will be more tired. Listen to your body and go at your own pace.
To reduce pain with coughing or sneezing, support your scar with your
hands or a pillow.
Make sure your insurance company covers you before driving.
This is normally 4-6 weeks postnatal.
Problems
If you have any persistent pain, loss of bladder or bowel control or difficulties
with sexual intercourse, you should contact your GP who may refer you to see
a physiotherapist.
Postnatal Exercise Classes & Fitness Training
Specialist exercise classes can be a really great way to meet others and
develop new friendships as well as safely regain your strength and fitness.
When booking a postnatal exercise class or training session always ask the
instructor if she/he has a specific postnatal qualification. If they don’t it’s best
to avoid their class until you are at least 6 months post natal and your pelvic
floor and core abdominal muscles are really secure and reliable.
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