Health & wellbeing

What you need to know about postnatal yoga

Have you had your 6 week postnatal check-up?

 

While the WW programme is not suitable while you're pregnant, you are able to sign up after your six-week postnatal check-up.

Gentle exercise should be fine after your six-week check (longer if you had a caesarean) but we recommend checking with your GP before starting to exercise.

It may be best to avoid sit-ups or crunches to begin with. Postnatal fitness consultant Jane Wake says: "During pregnancy, the abdominal muscles can become weak. This means some exercises are unsuitable for new mums." 

Top tip: The WW programme is suitable for nursing mothers as we allow you extra SmartPoints® whilst you're breastfeeding. Please let your WW Coach know that you are breastfeeding as they will make a note on your record and discuss your individual needs with you.

 

Practising postnatal yoga

 

After giving birth, the upper body may benefit from 'opening' and release to counter all the rounding over baby, holding and feeding.

However, the lower body needs to 'close'. The pelvic ligaments should be supported after being stretched during pregnancy and birth. 

Many yoga poses open the hips and stretch the pelvic tissues, which can be detrimental if you've recently given birth.

Postnatal yoga focuses on movements that can be done on your back, seated, on all-fours, standing and walking - all with baby, if awake, or independently if baby is sleeping close by. 

Postnatal yoga can also help strengthen the bond between mum and baby, and may be beneficial for baby's social development.

Read the full article 'Exploring Pre and Postnatal Yoga and Baby Yoga with Sandi Sharkey' on the Yogamatters blog.

Remember, you will need to have been for your postnatal check-up before you can join a WW Workshop. Find your nearest Workshop.