Post Pregnancy Fitness -- with Lyn Leddy
WebMD Live Events Transcript; Event Date: Thursday, July 1, 2004
MODERATOR: Thinking about this mom, who will be away from her baby
for so long each day, it seems that exercising at home might take more time
away from holding her baby. Can she do any exercises safely, besides walking,
while using a baby sling or front pack? Or is that just asking for trouble?
LEDDY: Baby slings and front packs don't really support the baby's
head and neck very well. For exercise-type walking a jogger stroller is your
best bet; the kind that tends to hug the baby.
MEMBER QUESTION: Do any exercises help tone the skin and diminish
LEDDY: Exercise will help tone the overall body. It won't help with
stretch marks. Saggy skin will most likely go back to being taut if you burn
fat and perform strength-training exercises.
MEMBER QUESTION: How soon after delivery can I go back to spinning
LEDDY: Again, I would suggest you would start slowly after consulting
with your doctor. If you gave birth vaginally the bike seat may not be too
comfortable, especially if you had a traumatic vaginal birth, such as extreme
tearing. If you gave birth vaginally or by C-section, you may attend classes
four weeks after delivery. If there were complications, such as tearing, you
may need to wait six to 10 weeks. Again, consult your doctor and don't push
yourself in the beginning.
A good rule is to take exercise easy the first three months to condition
your body back to the level it was before becoming pregnant. After three months
you can push yourself a little bit more, making sure you are fully hydrated and
eating well and that you are not fatigued, so that if you are breastfeeding,
your milk supply will be full and not diminished.
Key things to look out for when exercising while breastfeeding are to make
sure your urine looks very clear, which means you are well hydrated, and making
sure your baby's growth is along normal, healthy lines each time you have a
visit with your child's pediatrician.
MODERATOR: Are there any books or web sites you recommend for new
moms who want to read up on fitness?
LEDDY: Yes. First of all, you can feel free to call me, free of
charge. My number is (603) 566-8375.
I highly recommend a book titled Exercising Through Your Pregnancy
, by James Clapp, III, MD, a professor at Case Western Reserve University
School of Medicine. Dr. Clapp is the leading authority when it comes to
exercising throughout pregnancy and post-partum. I've done a lot of research on
the topic and Dr. Clapp's clinical studies overwhelmingly pop up.
A web site you'd want to look up is the American College of Obstetricians
and Gynecologists (acog.org). They can send you a pamphlet of information.