How soon can I start running again after having a baby?
It's best not to set a specific timescale – enjoy the precious time with your newborn. Your body has been through a lot and you'll be tired from sleepless nights. The hormone relaxin, which relaxes ligaments in preparation for birth, continues to be released for five to six months post-partum and your hormonal cycle will not return to normal until after you finish breastfeeding. Listen to your body and follow medical advice.
That usually means waiting at least six weeks before returning to running, or until after you've had your six- to eight-week check. It will be 11-12 weeks if you’ve had a C-section. Your progression will also depend on your level of activity before and while you were pregnant.
I must confess that after having a C-section, I started jogging sooner than the recommended timescale, but I was monitored by medical professionals.Go for a walk to begin with; it’s special going out with your baby in the pram for the first time. From the outset, be diligent with your pelvic floor exercises and start to introduce gentle core work when you’re able. When you’re ready, you could start by running for a couple of minutes, then walking for a couple of minutes, for a total of about 20 minutes, before progressing to short runs. Don’t run on consecutive days at first and take it slow to avoid injury. Try to include some non-impact cross-training to gradually improve fitness. Good luck.