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Jogging with your baby is an excellent way to get in shape after a C-section.
Although Cesarean sections are common -- with 32.8 percent of women delivering this way according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- it's still major abdominal surgery, and recovery can take weeks or even months. Returning to an exercise routine such as jogging can help you get back in shape, but you'll need to take it slowly at first and get your doctor's permission before you begin exercising.
Benefits of Jogging
Jogging, like all aerobic exercise, can lower your blood pressure, reduce your risk of heart problems and help you maintain a healthy weight. But after pregnancy, exercise becomes even more important. The Mayo Clinic reports that exercise can boost your mood, even helping to prevent postpartum depression. Because the pain of a C-section may mean that you spend weeks being sedentary, jogging can also help you regain muscle tone, eliminate muscle tension and feel better about your body.
Strenuous activity immediately after your C-section can cause your stitches to rupture or interfere with healing time. For this reason, the American Pregnancy Association advises against all exercise until your doctor tells you it's safe. This usually means waiting 6 to 8 weeks, but if you had a complicated delivery or developed an infection, you might have to wait even longer.
Building to Jogging
Before you begin jogging, try brief periods of walking to slowly build up your cardiovascular strength. Gentle strength-based exercises can help you rebuild muscle tone, and you can use these as part of your pre-jog warm-up. Jog for brief periods of time after you've practiced walking for several days and gradually build up to 30 minutes or more of jogging at a time. If you find you can't jog the whole time, try alternating between walking and jogging. If you're concerned about your scar, ask your doctor about a supportive post-C-Section panty, which can help protect the incision as you exercise.
If you're hoping to lose baby weight, investing in a jogging stroller and running with your baby can make your workout more challenging and help you burn more calories. It's wise to jog with a partner, on a track or very close to home the first few times you do so after your C-section. This way, if you find you're not strong enough to continue or develop pain at the site of the incision, you can easily get help. It may take several months before you begin losing weight, but the more you exercise, the more weight you can lose.