When can you diet and exercise after giving birth?

I heard right after you have your baby...you need to rest for at least a month before you can start dieting and excersising...is this true? what's your experiences?


Asked by Anonymous at 10:11 PM on Jan. 24, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • You need to wait until you are released by your doc. If you are Nursing then you won't be able to diet. A breastfeeding mom still needs about as many calories as a pregnant mom. Good luck!

    Answer by coala at 10:16 PM on Jan. 24, 2009

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  • i agree..
    you must wait to be released by your doctor.
    Remember, still take your prenatal vitamin and get plenty of calories. (By eating fruits, veggies, and whole grains, not junky stuff)

    Answer by deacons_mommy07 at 9:31 AM on Jan. 25, 2009

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  • You should at least wait until your 4 or 6 week checkup with your doctor so they can check you out & give you the green light. That's what I had to do.

    Answer by Vballchick at 3:06 PM on Jan. 25, 2009

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  • When you feel up to it ...no one knows you better than yourself...not even your doctor! If you do want to start exercising start very light and if that's too much then you're not ready! I went a little nuts after my daughter was born (not with exercising) but I just did not want to be laying down with a little one to take care of so I tried to do too much and boy was that painful and sore!! This time around I am taking my time to recover!! Even shopping hurt ....I was out 2 days after she was born and standing for too long was extremely uncomfortable and painful!!

    Answer by MrsPilat at 4:25 PM on Jan. 25, 2009

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  • My doc said 6 weeks for vag birth, 8 for c-section.

    Answer by Pnukey at 12:46 PM on Jan. 28, 2009

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