It's all about regular exercise, proper diet and breastfeeding!
After delivery, many of the physical changes of pregnancy will persist for four to six weeks. Resuming pre-pregnancy exercises should be gradual and varied according to the individual.
You should aim to exercise for at least three times a week, with each session lasting for 30 minutes. Do make sure that you have at least 5 to 10 minutes of warm up and cooling down (read
the article on Pregnancy Exercises).
It is ideal that you breastfeed before you exercise to avoid the build up of lactic acid in the breast milk.
Adequate nutrition and
hydration are important before you start your exercise.
Moderate weight loss for the mother is safe at this stage. Aim for 1–2 kg of weight loss a month. Excessive weight loss may lead to decrease in milk production.
With regular exercise, proper diet and breastfeeding, it will be a breeze before you return to your pre-pregnancy weight and shape!
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Source: Dr TAN Thiam Chye, Dr TAN Kim Teng, Dr TAN Heng Hao, Dr TEE Chee Seng John, The New Art and Science of Pregnancy and Childbirth, World Scientific 2008.
This article was last reviewed on
15 Sep 2023
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