Even though I've put on more weight with this pregnancy and had to have months of rest earlier on, I've still kept up gym workouts since then at an average of 4 days a week, so there is still some level of fitness there.
I know that they usually say 6 weeks post partum before getting back into exercise and I'm sure I'll take at least a couple of weeks off for bleeding to settle down and swelling to go down. I don't want to go back early if there is a chance that I will do damage and just wanted to gather some information.
What are the reasons they say to wait 6 weeks post partum? If I am feeling well and have a good birth with no complications, stitches, etc. am I able to go back to a light workout similar to what I do when pregnant earlier than the six weeks?
I just know that I end up feeling horrible by the end of the six weeks and any fitness I had previously is gone by then and my metabolism doesn't allow a walk to be sufficient in maintaining my weight.
And no...I can't breast feed it off and it doesn't just pop back due to medical reasons beyond my control. From experience I know I have to cut calories and do 2 hours of intense workouts a day for 3 months to lose about 15 kg.
Please don't reply "oh just watch what you eat and go for a few walks and it will slowly come off" because it doesn't - some bodies just weren't made like that!
I already have a separation too - so can't do long lever work anyway.
I do want to look after my pelvic floor though, so if it is the six weeks that I have to wait in order to look after all of that it will be highly worth it! I wouldn't be jumping around if I did go back earlier. Just after some people with knowledge in this area.