What are the best exercises to do after having a baby? Whether you’re 6 weeks or 6 months postpartum, this Postpartum Workout Plan is designed to help new moms start exercising again. Follow this 30-Day Postpartum Workout Plan at Home to regain core and pelvic floor strength, rebuild muscle and cardio endurance, and re-establish a regular fitness routine.
‘How do I start working out again after having a baby?’
‘When can you start working out again after having a baby?’
‘What are the best exercises to do after having a baby?’
These are some of the most frequently asked questions that land in my inbox.
After two babies, and two different post-pregnancy recovery experiences myself, I’m SO excited to share our first Postpartum Workout Plan and 30-Day Postpartum Workout Routine!
Additionally at the bottom of this post, I’m sharing the postnatal supplements and natural products I used (and I’m still using) from NOW®.
This postpartum workout plan is perfect for anyone:
Who has been cleared for exercise postpartum (typically around 6+ weeks after birth, but varies based on birth experience and recovery. I suggest you check with your doctor or midwife before returning to an exercise program).
Looking to gain core strength and strengthen their pelvic floor.
Looking to heal diastasis recti, separation of the abdominal walls; and increase transverse abdominis strength.
Starting a fitness routine for the first time.
Getting back into a fitness routine after some time off or returning from an injury.
Who is pregnant.
Who is looking for a beginner workout plan or low impact workout plan.
When to start? You can start at any time, once you are cleared for exercise! Just start, and cross off each day on the workout calendar as you go. If you miss a day, don’t sweat it — that’s part of life with kids! There are rest days built in to the calendar, but you can always take more rest days as needed.
What equipment is needed? All of the workouts can be done at home, or from anywhere! Most of the workouts can be done with just your bodyweight. However, you have the option to add light to medium dumbbells as you regain strength. The Beginner Ab Workout utilizes a sponge ball (under $10 on Amazon) to support the lower back, but you always can sub a throw pillow or kids squishy toy ball.
Download the Workout Calendar PDF by clicking here, or bookmark this webpage for reference. *NOTE: If you’re having trouble directly clicking the workout links within the calendar, try viewing the calendar in Google Chrome — that’s the preferred browser for accessing all workouts on this calendar.
Hover over and then click on the bold text each day to access the full workout and video on nourishmovelove.com.
You can also access all of the workout videos on this workout calendar on YouTube via this YouTube Playlist.
Share your daily workouts with me by tagging @nourishmovelove on social and ‘Pin’ the daily workouts on Pinterest so you can do them again!
FINAL NOTE: Show yourself some grace mama, those first postpartum workouts are HUMBLING and some of THE HARDEST workouts. You do your best and forget the rest! After all you brought a human into this world, you’re pretty dang strong.
How long should I wait before I resume exercise postpartum?
Every body, every pregnancy, and every birth is so different.
So it’s hard to give a black-and-white rule about when it’s safe to return to exercise postpartum.
I always recommend checking with your doctor or midwife about your specific recovery. You can start this calendar as soon as your doctor or midwife gives the okay to begin exercising, typically around 6 weeks postpartum.
What are the benefits of exercising postpartum?
If you were active before pregnancy, returning to a regular fitness routine postpartum can be a powerful way of ‘feeling like yourself again’. That’s the primary motive for me to desire to start exercising after baby.
Personally, working out after baby is not about getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight. Rather, it’s a mental health outlet for my energy and mood.