ObGyn/Pregnancy issues/Post partum exercise


I had my daughter 15 weeks ago.  She is my 3rd, all 3 by csection.  I was given the all clear by my Ob right at 2 weeks after for walking small distances, and the ok at 7 weeks to resume all activity. It did take longer this time to recover and even now I get tired walking if it is too long or too quick. My legs seem to get tired and sore much quicker than before, even when I was pregnant.  The bigger issue I am having is my elbows hurt pretty much all the time even when not trying to do any strength training. My chiropractor said it is just my ligaments going back to normal and it could take some time but I feel like I don't have the strength to do any type of push-ups or wve night lifting.  I am concerened that I might hurt them worse if I do too much.  I didn't have this problem with my other two.  What can I do to work on arm muscle tone without hurting my elbows?  Will this eventually get better?  Thanks!

After a C-section, you should rebuild your abdominal wall from the inside out, and re-establish core strength and functional stability before resuming standard gym exercises. You can find out how to do this at:

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Helene Byrne


I can answer all questions regarding prenatal and postpartum fitness and exercise. I will not answer any questions that are not related to prenatal and postpartum fitness and exercise. I will not answer questions regarding getting pregnant, or signs or symtoms, only fitness and exercise during and after pregnancy. No due dates, medical problems during pregnancy, signs or symtpoms of pregnancy, pregnancy tests, vaginal problems/smells/discharge, periods or ovulation.


Pre-and-Postnatal Exercise Specialist ACE certified Personal Trainer Author: "Exercise After Pregnancy: How to Look and Feel Your Best" Book Author: "Bounce Back Fast! Post Natal Core Conditioning" DVD Founder: BeFit-Mom Teacher: Post Pregnancy Exercise Workshops

IDEA Health and Fitness Association

numerous regional parenting magazine

Dancing Thru Pregnancy, Pre/Post Natal Exercise Specialist Certification 2000 Resist-a-Ball Core Program, 1999 American Council on Exercise, Personal Trainer Certificate, 1999 Peak Performance, San Francisco, CA, Pilates Instructor Training Program, 1992 Health and Fitness Institute, Cal State Hayward, Personal Trainer Certificate, 1990 American College of Sports Medicine, Group Exercise Leader, 1989 Boston Conservatory, BFA/Dance, 1982

Awards and Honors
´┐ŻBounce Back Fast! Post Natal Core Conditioning´┐Ż, 2005. Winner of the Platinum Award from the Family Review Center, 2007.

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