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Fitness

Exercising After a Cesarean Delivery
By Lisa Stone, ACE

Q. Are there some exercises I need to stay away from right now since I had a c-section? Any special ones I need to do? I'm anxious to start losing this weight!

A. At four weeks postpartum you can begin exercising again. Start slowly, maybe with a 20 minute walk (hold your baby in a sling or front carrier to increase the intensity a bit). You can start working your abdominals, too, by doing some modified crunches, after making sure you don't have any separation of the ab muscles. If you feel any pain or discomfort around your incision, wait a few more days and then try the exercises again. You'll also need to re-strengthen your pelvic floor by doing Kegel exercises.

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