The poster girl of Indian tennis, Sania Mirza, is now busy enjoying motherhood. Married to Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik, the 32-year-old gave birth to son Izhaan Mirza-Malik on October 30. However, what has startled her fans is her recent Twitter post where she can be seen lifting weights at the gym. Sania posted the Tweet on October 16, which means within 15 days of giving birth, the tennis ace has got into a rigorous exercise routine.
She posted a photo and wrote, “Went to the gym after weeks/months yesterday first times since I had my baby.. I was excited like a kid in a candy shop it’s going to be one lonnggg and fun road back mentally and physically !!gotta start somewhere so why not on my birthday #Day1.”
Went to the gym after weeks/months yesterday first times since I had my baby.. I was excited like a kid in a candy shop ? it’s going to be one lonnggg and fun road back mentally and physically !!gotta start somewhere so why not on my birthday ? ?? #Day1 pic.twitter.com/Hb54wLoieD
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) November 16, 2018
On one hand where the post came as a shocker to her fans, what many are intrigued to know is how soon can one start doing postpartum exercises, and are there any side effects of hitting the gym this soon after giving birth. Here is all that you need to know:
Start postpartum workouts slowly
If one starts to workout too soon post delivery then there are high chances that the real recovery of the person might get slower. One can start with normal walks in the park when one feels like during the recovery period, i.e. during the initial 6 weeks. One can start with small walks in the park, then increase the timings of the walks if one feels better.
Let the bleeding stop completely
Once you start doing regular activities or exercises post-delivery, you might notice the bleeding that had initially stopped or subsided might start again. It simply is an indicator that you need to rest more before you start your postpartum workout.
Go slow if you are breastfeeding
If you are a breastfeeding mother, it’s better that you give your body extra rest. You’ll eventually lose some weight within the first couple of weeks itself and rest you can lose later by exercising once you have completely recovered.
Take care of your fragile joints
There is a hormone responsible for softening the ligaments and joints during pregnancy and post pregnancy called relaxin. This hormone can cause the joints to become shaky and unstable and loose pelvis. This hormone can remain active in the body till 6 months post-delivery, hence one should not choose to do exercises that have major jerks.
Once you have got comfortable in your postpartum exercise routine, make sure to drink ample amount of water, especially if you are breastfeeding.
Take ample rest
You can exercise as and when your body allows you to but make sure you take ample amount of rest in the initial few years.