During pregnancy you characteristically put on weight on your breasts, waist, hips and thighs. A few women will return to their pre-baby shape quickly, but for most it takes closer to nine months. Your body is producing the hormones required for milk production, which also keep muscles soft and encourages the creation of fatty tissue.
Women who exercised regularly before and during pregnancy should have their bodies recovering from childbirth quicker than others. Bear in mind though, that even though your muscle tissue and skin are extremely elastic and should regain its tone, it will probably not happen as quickly as you expected.
Many women want to get back to the gym as soon as possible. However, it is recommended that you do not resume exercise for the six weeks after the birth. With an uncomplicated delivery, you should be up and walking by the second or third postpartum day. Your own body will tell you how active you can be. By the second week, start going out for regular walks. Beware not to choose a pace that is so brisk that it would affect the way you walk.
For more information, contact Perfectly Pregnant at (021) 683 1404.
Source: Perfectly Pregnant
(Megan Powell, Health24, November 2003)