Prenatal and Postpartum Fitness
There's a lot of information about how to exercise when you're expecting. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) presents guidelines every year that we abide by with our women clients that are expecting. We align with these guidelines over the nine months and work hand-in-hand with the medical team to ensure we stay with their parameters.
What's lacking is the information for postpartum (post-natal) fitness. If you did an internet search for books on prenatal exercise and for postpartum exercise, hands down you'd come up with thousands of titles for prenatal but for postpartum exercise it's very limited. So, it is important that you find someone that has not only been through it — has gotten their bodies back into shape – but also is a certified personal trainer who knows what they're doing. We don't want women coming in immediately after birth to exercise. You need clearance from your doctor — typically 6-8 weeks after birth or more depending on the style of birth and any complications that may have occurred.
We work out a schedule that works for the mother and child, as well as the father and child because the father will also get out of shape during this time. It's not just postpartum for the mother, but also for the father.