How to ease back into exercise after having a baby

Exercise is medicine for both mind and body when you’ve had a baby, so Sharon Stephenson finds out how to gradually and safely ease back into your favourite form of fitness.

It’s been called “snap-back culture” – the pressure for mothers to return to their pre-pregnancy weight and state as quickly as possible. Because if Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltro can do it then so can you, right?

Wrong, says Renee Norman. The co-founder of She Moves Fitness Collective, an online exercise programme specialising in pregnancy and postnatal exercise, believes that reaching for quick fixes to drop the baby weight is the surest route to injury and disappointment.

“Our message isn’t about trying to get your pre-baby body back as quickly as possible,” says Renee…

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