Abdominal, pelvic floor, leg and back muscles after childbirth

After giving birth, the physical therapist will teach you modified exercises to help restore your muscles to their proper function. You can continue doing these exercises in your own home.

Your muscles can return to their former condition as quick as 6 weeks after the delivery.


Be sure to start moving around again soon after giving birth. Movement:

  • stimulates the blood circulation to the muscles and organs, which promotes recovery.
  • prevents varicose veins and phlebitis.
  • dissipates the moisture under your skin faster.

Walking helps you urinate more quickly and have your first bowel movement.

Pelvic floor training

Pelvic floor training shortens the pelvic floor muscles that support your internal organs. Exercises accelerate the healing of your episiotomy incision and ease haemorrhoids.

Later in your recovery phase, it is important that you work with your physiotherapist to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.

Last edit: 7 December 2021