According to research, exercise helps mothers prevent obesity or becoming overweight, improves bone health, prevents postpartum depression, fights postpartum fatigue, and improves overall wellbeing and health. Research also shows that having a mom who exercises can increase your baby’s chances of growing up as an active child and adult too!
Walking is a great way to get started. It’s safe, simple, and according to the American Heart Association, walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity. In addition, research has shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour of regular exercise! That quick stroll around the block seems a little more worthwhile now, doesn’t it?
This special version of Walk With A Doc is designed for mothers and will feature research-based information about exercise after pregnancy. Each Walk With A Doc will start with a short talk, and then… we walk! You can walk at your own pace and ask questions along the way. If you need to stop to feed your baby or take a break, that’s totally fine – it’s about a 1 mile loop, so the group will be back around.
Here are some of the topics we will discuss:
- Benefits of exercise for you and your baby (who will someday be a big kid, and then a teenager, and then a grown-up)
- What happened to your core during pregnancy and how to fix it
- Changes to your body during pregnancy
- Changes to the way you move during pregnancy
- Beginner, intermediate, and advanced exercises
- Breastfeeding and exercise
- Core test – ready to run?
- Strong bones for moms
- Diastasis recti
- Common injuries among moms
- Running shoes
- Advanced exercises
Christine Iverson, PT, DPT, OCS is a Physical Therapist and the author of Healthy and Quick & Everything Fit, A Step-by-Step Guide to Exercise After Pregnancy
This program was started in Columbus, OH in April of 2005 by Dr. David Sabgir and has now expanded throughout the country. You don’t need any special gear and there are no special rules. Just put on a pair of comfortable shoes and walk alone, with friends, a partner or family or with a group. It’s a personal preference. You can bring your baby in a stroller or baby carrier – it’s up to you and baby!