Exercise after a caesarean/c-section

A c-section, whether planned or emergency is major surgery so you will need to take it easy for the first few weeks. The procedure is essentially the same whether planned or unplanned so my advice would apply to any mums that have had a c-section of any kind.

You might take more time to recover mentally from an emergency procedure if your birth wasn’t straightforward; give yourself plenty of time and headspace if you need it – exercise will eventually help with this. For the first six weeks don’t do any intense exercise or lift anything heavy and try to get plenty of rest. Having said this, doing some simple, gentle regular exercise may help your recovery and help your scar heal.

You should try and resume daily ab pull ins, bottom squeezes and pelvic floor squeezes (here’s a reminder of how to do them) plus some walking, up to 30 minutes x 3 times a week if you feel up to it. This will also prevent blood clotting. I would avoid swimming until you have had your 6 week check up to avoid any pulling or straining of your scar or risk of infection; the time will go really quickly!

Once you have had the all-clear from your doctor at 6 weeks you can gradually step up your cardio and toning work and think about getting stuck in to working your tummy muscles again. The 3-Plan will give you exercises suitable for each stage of postnatal recovery.