Snap back to your pre-baby body! Swimming postpartum is a great way to lose weight, restore muscle tone and boost energy levels. Swimming is particularly beneficial because it works your entire body. Plus, it’s a low-impact sport giving your joints relief from the nine months of carrying around extra weight.
How Soon Can I Start Swimming Postpartum?
It’s best to wait 4-6 weeks after you’ve delivered before you hop into the pool. It’s advised to wait in order to avoid getting a uterine infection. Consult your doctor first as the toll of delivery on the body differs from woman to woman. It’s best to ensure the cervix has completely closed, lochia and any vaginal bleeding has stopped. Lochia usually begins to taper off seven to ten days after childbirth, but won’t stop completely for another two to four weeks.
Weight Loss Routine
Once you begin to exercise after childbirth, work your way up to thirty minutes to one hour daily. Monitor your health after giving birth to determine if you’re ready to start swimming postpartum. Pace yourself – there’s no need to rush yourself or push your body before it’s ready. Keep an eye out for worrying symptoms, such as bleeding or pain. If you do have these symptoms after swimming, consult your doctor. Always remember to stay hydrated, make sure to drink water before, during and after your swimming session. Err on the side of caution, try to avoid swimming alone. As a new mom, you’re likely to be exhausted and you may tire quickly. It’s best to have a friend or family member nearby in case you need help.
A benefit of swimming postpartum is that you can swim with your baby! Swimming with your baby is a bonding experience that will teach your baby to understand communication – engaging both listening and talking skills.