Postnatal Exercise and Physical Fitness

Written by: Anaïs López Masih

Back in May 2018, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued recommendations supported by the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, to change postpartum care from a one-off visit to a sustained period of support, spanning the “fourth trimester” that extends through 12 weeks postpartum.

“The comprehensive postpartum visit should include a full assessment of physical, social, and psychological well-being, including the following domains : mood and emotional well-being; infant care and feeding; sexuality, contraception, and birth spacing; sleep and fatigue; physical recovery from birth; chronic disease management; and health maintenance.”

There’s a misconception that you stop being postnatal after you have a baby that reaches a certain age. The reality is, postpartum means a changed body. Often, a changed person. That body and that person are postpartum forever-ever.

I don’t want this to sound scary or limiting. I think there can be so much discomfort in postpartum-ness that we sometimes want to avoid it, or rush it.

Many trainers, fitness and health pros working with moms have assumed that their clients aren’t postnatal. Because their kids are 2, 5, or 10 years old. They are not educated in pelvic organ prolapse, diastasis recti, incontinence, strategies for exercise for a functional pelvic floor. They don’t think they need to be. They’ve never heard of or considered these things. Their clients’ or patients’ kids are older, so everything should be fine by now, right? …Sometimes. Sometimes, not.

Bottom line, these are non-negotiable topics to be educated for every personal trainer servicing mothers. Without this education the client needs won’t be fulfilled.

If you are a mom I will support you providing actionable guidance regarding resumption of physical activity and attainment of healthy weight. I love coaching women and for that reason I focused my continued education advancing my knowledge and skills specialized in postpartum.

About The Author:

Anaïs López Masih holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a Master’s degree in Public Relations and Writing for Mass Media. She coaches women and has been involved in fitness, weight training and yoga for more than a decade. She specializes in pre- and postnatal exercise and corrective exercise. Her primary aim is reassuring Exercise as a Miracle Drug: Key to Health, Wellness and Longevity. She helps people preventing and managing hormonal unbalances such as PCOS, Endometriosis, Hypothyroidism, Addison’s Disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and civilization diseases like Diabetes and Cardiovascular disease with special interest in Arthritis and Low Back Pain.