Post-natal exercise 'gets body back to full health'

22 December 2011

New mothers who used in-vitro fertility treatment to get pregnant should make the effort to maintain a healthy lifestyle post-birth to rebuild the body's protection.

This is according to one post-natal expert from Zest4lifeUK who suggested that mothers should join fitness classes and consciously keep active for up to six months after giving birth in order to get the body's systems back to full working health.

Dr Joanna Helcke, pregnancy and post-natal fitness specialist and founder of Zest4lifeUK, said: "The body needs to be looked after very carefully during this period as it is more prone to injury, particularly back pain, pelvic girdle pain and general trouble with the joints."

She added that there are specialist classes available for new mothers such as post-natal pilates which could strengthen the back and pelvis left vulnerable from labour.

As well as the health benefits, classes can give a promising social aspect to a new mother, providing an opportunity to talk to others in a similar stage of life and also build up a network of support. advises that mothers should only do light pelvic and floor exercises when they feel ready after the birth.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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