“This absolutely varies from mum to mum. It depends on many factors, such as your fitness before and during pregnancy, the type of birth you had, whether there were any complications, and your postnatal recovery.
“As a general rule, speak to your obstetrician about when he or she feels it is safe for you to go back to exercise. This is usually around six weeks for women who have had a normal delivery and 10 weeks for those who had a caesarean section.
“Ideally, you would see a women’s health physiotherapist before starting prescribed exercise. She could help assess your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles and check for any weaknesses that may have developed throughout the pregnancy.
“This doesn’t mean you must be inactive until you have had the all-clear. Start by walking for 10 minutes a day and build this up very slowly as your strength returns. Learn to listen to your body and respect that it may take some time for you to be able to do the same activities you could before you were pregnant.”