Dr. Pamela Smith, ND 

Dr. Pam has a family practice at The Nest Family Wellness Centre which offers naturopathic and midwifery care. She combines science-based natural medicine with conventional medical therapeutics. Learn more about Dr. Pam and the services offered by her clinic here, or book an appointment at www.drpamelasmith.com.

Check out the latest Ask Dr Pam Q&A and posts by topic below as well as her health and wellness posts.

Ask Dr Pam   

When is it okay to start exercising postpartum?

A lot of woman are eager to start exercising again soon after delivery to get back in shape. Exercise is important to help with healing and recovery as it improves circulation and lifts mood. However, too much too soon can offset the healing process! 

Most healthcare practitioners recommend waiting six weeks postpartum to engage in strenuous exercise. If you have had a vaginal delivery, your healthcare provider may say it's okay to start some simple exercises for the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles right away, whereas you will likely need to wait longer if you've had a C-section. Start slow and very gradually increase your intensity level – pain may be your body’s way of saying you’re not completely healed so listen to this message. Have a conversation with your healthcare provider about when it's best for you to begin exercising postpartum.

For more about exercise after a vaginal delivery read this Q&A. Exercise after a C-section is discussed in this Q&A