Returning to exercise after the birth of a child

Since all women do not experience childbirth and recovery the same way, opportunities for equitable and individualized care for postpartum women are essential. Photo: Pexels

(Iris Lesser, Carl Nienheus/ The Conversation) –– The birth of a child is a momentous occasion in a woman’s life. It may also be one of the most challenging transitions that women face, requiring adaptation to identity and role while undergoing a unique physiological transformation.

Physical activity after recovery from birth can be helpful. Women who engage in postpartum exercise tend to have better mental and physical health outcomes. Benefits of exercise for new moms include weight loss, improved aerobic fitness, improved mood and increased social connectedness. However, physical activity rates tend to drastically decline after pregnancy.

Despite the potential positive impact that physical activity may have during the postnatal transition, little academic attention has been given to helping women return to exercise after the birth of a child. (…)

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