10 dos and don'ts for safe mum exercise Mum-exercise-do-and-donts-280

Postnatal fitness expert Dr Joanna Helcke offers these dos and don'ts for safe post-pregnancy exercise

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Exercise! Just make sure it's the right type.

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Get the OK from your doctor before you start.

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Stop if you feel a sudden sharp pain or you begin to bleed again.

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Start off with pelvic floor exercises.

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Stay hydrated, especially if you're breastfeeding.

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Try too much too soon. Improving your posture and doing breathing exercises to help find your abdominal muscles are vital when you begin to exercise again.

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Try any high-impact exercise, including running, trampolining, star jumps, body pump, boxercise and Zumba.

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Do sit-ups, as they could actually increase the separation of your abdominal muscles.

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Overstretch – some antenatal exercises may no longer be suitable after birth.

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Wear an ordinary sports bra if you're breastfeeding. Joanna recommends a specialist supportive nursing version from Boobie Milk.

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