Mamas on Bedrest: Ease Back into Exercise Post Bedrest

May 16th, 2012

Bedrest Coach Darline Turner-Lee shares some tips and simple exercises to help Mamas who have been on bed rest ease into exercise following bed rest, labor and delivery. First and foremost, she recommends not starting this program until mamas are at least 6 weeks post partum to give themselves time to heal and/or recuperate after bed rest, labor and delivery. Then, using a straight back chair and a wall, Darline shares a few simple exercises to begin engaging the body’s large muscle groups. Darline emphasizes standing and sitting up straight, shoulders back and chest up and out to improve posture. She also emphasizes a slight pelvic tilt that will aid in pelvic floor and core strengthening without being too taxing on the abdominal muscles. As always, Darline recommends going slowly and not taxing your body beyond what is comfortable.

*NOTE: Be sure to check with your OB or midwife before starting any exercise program post partum!

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