3 Essential Tips for
Safe Exercise After C
Immediately following a Cesarean section you will be in a large amount of pain
and discomfort and any movement at all will seem like a huge challenge.
At this stage however, getting out of bed and moving around is absolutely
critical to your recovery. Exercise after c section forms part of the whole
rehabilitation process because it helps to increase blood flow to the wound supplying
oxygenated blood and essential cells for repair.
In order to safely become more active follow these 3 essential tips:
your lower legs whilst in bed after the operation will help prevent the build up of
potentially life threatening embolisms. This doesn’t have to be too challenging and can be
something as simple as rotating or flexing the ankles. You will need to wait until after the
anaesthetic has worn off and you have the feeling back in the legs, before you start
#2 Get out of bed
at the earliest opportunity as long as you have full control of your legs. Take your time at
first, it gets easier every time you do it. Initially start by taking small steps around your
hospital room, if necessary support your wound with a pillow or very soft
As the days go by, gradually increase
the distance you walk, but always try to stand tall with your shoulders back and tummy
muscles pulled in tightly, avoiding walking with a ‘caesarean’stoop. For the first couple of
weeks, try to limit walking up stairs to just once or twice a day.
#3 As soon as you
feel able to you should start strengthening the stomach muscles. This can be done using pelvic tilting movements which
require no flexion at the spine. These exercises can be performed sitting, standing or lying
down and are essential for realigning the muscles without causing doming or pain in the lower
As with any activity following a major operation, exercise after c
section should be taken very slowly, working within your own comfort zone. Avoid
being sedentary at all costs as this will simply prolong the healing process and could cause
potentially serious blood clotting.
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