Many women believe they can return to running after their 6-week check-up with their GP or obstetrician. However, running is a high-impact activity After having a baby, your body needs time to recover. If you return to running too soon, before your body is ready, it could lead to pelvic floor dysfunction and lumbopelvic pain. For this reason, it is recommended you wait until at least 3 months postnatal before considering returning to running to allow enough time for healing to occur.
Furthermore, the 6-week postnatal checkup is only about 30 minutes long. In that time, your doctor has a lot to cover and often doesn’t have the time or the specialised training to clear you to return to running.
That is why it is recommended that, in addition to seeing your GP or obstetrician, you also have an assessment with a women’s health physiotherapist before attempting to return to running, regardless of whether you have a vaginal or cesarean delivery.