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Running Post-Child Birth

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HEALTH TIP OF THE MONTH




Running Post-Child Birth


DECEMBER 2016


You may have heard your elders advising you to abstain from vigorous exercises like running post-child birth. “Your uterus will drop and you will not be able to have any more kids!” is one frightening warning uttered by them on this matter. While this may sound like an old wives’ tale, it does apply if you have a medical condition called uterine prolapse – where the uterus slips from its normal position and occasionally drops into or outside the vagina. The repetitive bouncing motion of running can further weaken the pelvic floor muscles that, for some women, have been damaged due to normal delivery, ageing, or chronic obesity. To be safe, consult your gynaecologist as soon as you’ve finished your confinement period. If you have such a condition, do not be disheartened as there are many other physical activities you can enjoy and reap weight loss benefits (brisk walking, swimming, etc).


 






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