In a recent “Caller 911” episode of Daily Dose With Jillian Michaels, Jillian dished advice on the best approach to exercise before and shortly after giving birth to a fit mom of two kids with a third on the way. Common wisdom holds that women should wait six weeks post-partum before hitting the gym, but Jillian says it depends on each individual pregnancy and the advice of the mom’s physician.
“With every pregnancy, it’s unique to each woman,” Jillian says. “What she goes through during the pregnancy, during the birth, all of these things are going to impact how early she should be up and exercising.”
Generally, she says it’s best to talk to your doctor and create a plan that’s right for you. Don’t compare yourself to other mothers, particularly celebrity moms who appear to shed baby weight in a matter of days, Jillian says.
“The safest way to handle baby weight is not to gain it,” Jillian says. “They say a 25- to 40-pound weight gain is the best bet. If it works out otherwise, no shame in that, but then allow yourself some extra time after the baby it get back in shape.”