Many women believe they can return to running after their 6-week check-up with their GP or obstetrician. However, because running is a high impact activity, there are some important things to consider first.
After having a baby, your body needs time to heal and regain strength. For this reason, it is recommended you wait until at least 3 months postnatal before considering returning to running. 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.