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Pro-Tip: Start moving BEFORE 6 Weeks Postpartum

GASP! Yes, we said it. The current standard of waiting until you have ‘the green light’ to exercise at 6 weeks is doing a serious disservice to new moms.


Now, before we get all kinds of emails, let us be clear that we DIDN’T say ‘go to cross-fit’ or ‘go running’ or ‘do what you were doing pre-pregnancy’ before 6 weeks. What we DO mean is that simply moving your body, reconnecting to your breath and finding your pelvic floor and core muscles is OK and highly recommended. (Of course ALWAYS follow your OB or Midwife’s orders!)


For most women, waiting for 6-weeks means not doing ANY movement AT ALL. But do you know what? It takes only one week for muscles to lose tone, and women lose so much strength in those first 6 weeks while they are recovering from childbirth and caring for the baby that they end up being set back before they can even begin.

This doesn’t have to happen to you!


The great news? You can start moving, breathing and reconnecting as soon as you give birth. Like…the same day…in the hospital bed! (Seriously!)


Here are a few ideas: ** Practice pelvic floor releases and contractions with your breath: Inhale release the pelvic floor, exhale contract and squeeze in and up. If you delivered vaginally, you may feel quite swollen, sore, and not be able to feel much, but keep making the movement (even if just in your mind!). The release and contraction can actually help decrease the swelling. If you had a c-section, these pelvic floor lifts are just as important for you too! 10 months of a baby pressing down on your pelvic floor can stretch those muscles out.


** Practice your diaphragmatic breathing: As you inhale, release your pelvic floor, expand your ribcage 360 degrees, and expand lightly through your belly. Go deep on that inhale! On your exhale, squeeze and lift the pelvic floor, let your ribs soften down and let your belly naturally contract back. Imagine a gentle hug from the ribs all the way to your pelvis. Aim for 5-10 breaths at a time.


** Stretch your neck, upper back and shoulders: We hold so much tightness in our necks, especially post-birth, and from looking at our sweet babies! Roll your shoulders out, roll your head from side to side, and practice ‘swimming’ arms – imagine doing a front crawl and then a back stroke while standing.

Let us know what you found helpful!


Resources & Links


Looking for support to stay active during your pregnancy or start your postpartum recovery? Here are some options to get you started on a great path forward:


1) Take the Pelvic Floor & Core Strength Quiz. After taking the quiz, you'll get a score and based on your results, guidance on what steps to take to move you forward in your recovery.

2) Check out our podcast listening guides: Download the Pregnancy Listening Guide or Postpartum Listening Guide.

3) If you're pregnant, want to be way more active than you have been, AND want connection with other mothers, but don't know where to start…join the Expecting to Flourish™ Membership - a mom-driven and expert-guided virtual space empowering moms with a new approach to prenatal fitness and birth prep that actually prepares you for the physical and emotional hurdles of motherhood.


If you’re postpartum and ready to get moving, need to heal your body but you don’t know where to start…join us for Postpartum Repair & Restore LIVE, a science-backed and fun-stacked, Diastasis and Pelvic Floor Strength program. Start healing your diastasis and eliminating leaking in 8 weeks or less with our guidance.

4) Do you prefer working one-on-one, or have a high risk pregnancy, a severe diastasis or leaking that won’t quit? You might be a candidate to work with us privately. To find out, take this quick self assessment! If you qualify, you'll be invited to schedule a complementary Postpartum Strategy Session with us where we'll take a good look at what's not working in your repair process, and come up with a great plan just for you.

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Since Devoted Mamas' founding in 2017, our mission is to help you through all the stages of motherhood - stay super strong (and calm!) during pregnancy, be the BOSS of your birth, and help you bring life back to your core + pelvic floor in postpartum.

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