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Health Tip: Take it Easy After You Give Birth

-- After you've had a baby, your body needs time to heal, so you shouldn't expect to immediately resume normal physical activity.

The University of Michigan Health System offers these suggestions for new moms:

  • Go easy on your body. Resume your normal schedule and activities gradually.
  • Lift your baby, and that's about it. Avoid lifting anything heavy, even grocery bags or loads of laundry.
  • Don't drive a car for about two weeks, or until your doctor says it's OK.
  • Walking is great. Start out going for regular short walks.
  • Limit stair climbing for at least the first week. Be careful using the stairs, and only climb long staircases once or twice each day.
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Posted: January 2009