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    Default Post c-section exercise advice

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    I had a c section 3 weeks ago and just wondering when other mums started walking with a double pram? I would love to get out but don't know when is too soon and I know you have to be careful lifting heavy things etc at this stage.. I'm just confused about how one is meant to increase exercise if I can't take both kids out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FamilyLove View Post
    Not sure where To put this!

    I had a c section 3 weeks ago and just wondering when other mums started walking with a double pram? I would love to get out but don't know when is too soon and I know you have to be careful lifting heavy things etc at this stage.. I'm just confused about how one is meant to increase exercise if I can't take both kids out!

    Thanks in advance!
    I was walking then. Just shops etc I had too. Lol

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    Did you push both the kids in a pram? Was that fine?

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    Just check with your dr but mine said it was fine, main concern was lifting the pram in and out of the car

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    Default Post c-section exercise advice

    I'd let my body be the guide. it really depends on how you are feeling. I would not be doing anything that caused me pain.

    at 3 weeks post cs I was driving (out of necessity and only locally) and had to lift the pram in and out of the boot of the car. I wasn't happy doing it but I had to this one time. and it didn't hurt so I figured I was ok.

    I found if I overdid it, I'd be quite sore by the end of the day.

    I'd just let your body guide you. maybe try a short walk around the block and see how you feel. get someone to come with you just in case you can't finish the walk pushing the pram.

    good luck and take it easy. I found the recovery from a cs very frustrating because I'm impatient. don't overdo it, it's not worth it.

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    I walked 5km with my dad pushing the pram the other day with no pain or discomfort.. But I don't always have someone here.. I made a doc appointment doe later in the week so hopefully they give me the all clear!

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    Default Post c-section exercise advice

    I probably wouldn't go lifting a double pram in and out of the car until I had the all clear at the 6 week check up but if you are just going for a walk from your house (obviously with pram already set up) then I don't see any issues with it. As pp said your body will let you know if you are over doing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FamilyLove View Post
    I walked 5km with my dad pushing the pram the other day with no pain or discomfort.. But I don't always have someone here.. I made a doc appointment doe later in the week so hopefully they give me the all clear!
    5km wow. obviously you're one fit mama! I'm impressed!

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    Let your body guide you however remember that you've but only had major abdominal surgery, you've also carried a human for 9 months putting enormous strain on your pelvic floor and most likely have at least some mild abdominal separation. Walking is totally fine, do what you feel is ok for you. Lifting heavy is not so fine. Even if it feels ok it could still be damaging. The advice given is generally lift nothing heavier than your baby for 6 weeks. If you absolutely have to I'm an emergency really focus on bracing your pelvic floor and abs while you lift.

    Focus on your pelvic floor exercises above all else, then try engaging your abdominals (particularly deep abdominals) while you do them. Do this while sitting to start with or while lying down - obviously avoid anything that uses abdominal muscles such as sit ups (or even sitting up from lying, roll sideways instead).

    After 6 weeks you can start regular exercise but still avoid any ab work for a few months (and see a postnatal Physio for proper advice if possible). I was a bit clueless after my first pregnancy (c-sec) and started jogging 6 weeks after, hoping I haven't done any damage that I will find out about later in life! This time I am working with a Physio to increase my exercise intensity gradually, hence all the above advice which is relevant to all women whether c/sec or natural birth.

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    Just wait until your 6 week checkup with your doctor. You have a lot of internal stitching that is still healing.


 

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