For women in the postpartum period, returning to physical activity should be a gradual process. Women who physically overextend themselves too soon after giving birth may experience delays in recovery. Low-impact activities, like walking, swimming or stretching, offer a great starting point for returning to movement.
Exercising during pregnancy can have many benefits for a pregnant woman’s health. Staying active helps reduce the risk of gestational diabetes and hypertension, and lowers postpartum recovery time. To see the benefits of exercise, healthy pregnant women need 150 minutes of moderate activity each week. This can include a mix of aerobic activity, such as biking or walking, and light resistance exercises.