Fitbump's top 5 exercises for postnatal recovery

Baby I'm back. You're starting to think about your postnatal recovery, you want to get back into exercise and you want to reclaim your body.

I cannot convey the importance of following a specialist postnatal exercise program after the birth of your baby. Whether its 6 weeks or 6 months after, when it comes to returning to pre pregnancy fitness, body composition or maybe even something completely different, it is crucial you choose your exercises wisely as it will impact your body far beyond the initial postnatal phase. One of my biggest concerns for mothers starting back exercising after pregnancy is following incorrect and unsafe exercise regimes – not to say that they are unsafe generally but when it comes to a postpartum body, specialist care really needs to be taken. The postpartum body needs to be retrained to use its core effectively again. If you take the time to help your body recovery correctly the long term benefits will far out weight the short term and your patience and commitment will most certainly pay off.

I have complied my top 5 exercises of choice when it comes to postnatal recovery, exercises that can be done regularly and well beyond the postnatal phase as they are amazing for the female body.




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Elevated single leg glute bridge (both legs on the floor for beginners and moving to single leg elevated to progress).

You should feel plenty of tension through your glutes and hamstrings. Ensure that you avoid tucking and rolling your pelvis – keep a neutral spine throughout the whole movement.




Side plank

You can drop your bottom knee to regress this exercise and care needs to be taken to ensure you’re breathing all the way through this hold.


Feet elevated glute bridge (doing this on a stability ball will progress the exercise so place feet on a fixed elevated surface to regress this exercise)

Again you should feel plenty of tension through the glutes and hamstrings when performing this exercise.



Back extension

A strong healthy back is needed for all the carrying that you will do as a mother. Daily movements such as picking the baby off the floor, moving and carrying the car seat (with your baby inside) require back and core strength to avoid injury.


Donkey Kicks

Inactive glutes can be a common problem after pregnancy so taking the time to retrain this muscle group is a huge factor when it comes to retraining your core and stabilising your pelvis. Keeping your hips even and really focusing on squeezing your glute is a must with this exercise.


Postnatal training needs to be done right to help heal the musculature system which has undergone a huge amount change and stress during pregnancy, labor and birth.

If you need more detailed information on training after pregnancy you can get in touch through the contact page or become part of fitbump online (simply click the join now button) and you will have access to the complete postnatal training series.

Samala x