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Getting in Shape With Baby on Board

What new moms need to know about easing back into exercise.

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Call your doctor if you experience bleeding of more than one pad an hour or if you feel dizzy or weak. Atlas says, "It could indicate dehydration or anemia. Plus, if you lost a lot of blood from the delivery you may be fatigued more than usual for up to six weeks."

If you developed preeclampsia (symptoms of which include high blood pressure) during your pregnancy, your doctor may also recommend delaying exercise for a while.

Overall, when you can start exercising and how much you can do depends on the birth experience and complications that may have occurred. Atlas says, "Keep in mind the importance of rest. When the baby's sleeping, you should be sleeping."

You may be concerned about fitting back into your clothes, but it's important to find a balance. "It's not just about the physical but also the emotional," Berk says.

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Reviewed on October 20, 2011

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