Return to Exercise Postpartum In Greenville

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Regaining Strength and Confidence: Return to Exercise Postpartum

The months after giving birth can be a challenging time. Your body has gone through immense change and you likely feel physically and emotionally exhausted. Getting back into shape may be the furthest thing from your mind.

But returning to exercise postpartum at the right pace provides huge benefits – physically, mentally, and emotionally.

That’s why Body Works Women’s Health & Wellness offers our personalized Return to Exercise Postpartum program for new moms in Greenville. This tailored 6-8 week program helps women ease back into exercise in a gradual, safe way.

Who Can Benefit From Our Postpartum Exercise Program?

Our program is designed specifically for women recovering from pregnancy and childbirth who are ready to:

  • Regain core and pelvic floor strength
  • Rebuild muscle tone and stamina
  • Improve posture and decrease back pain
  • Boost energy levels and mood
  • Safely lose the stubborn “baby weight”

Whether you had a vaginal delivery or c-section, our expert women’s health physical therapists customize your rehab plan based on your delivery and current abilities.

We help women feeling frustrated in their recovery or nervous to workout again do so in a way that makes sense for your postpartum body.

Why Getting Active Again Matters

Getting active is often the last thing on a new mom’s mind. But research shows that moderate exercise after giving birth provides major benefits, including:

  • Less Postpartum Depression: New moms who exercise are 25% less likely to develop depression.
  • Faster Recovery: Activity stimulates circulation to aid healing, especially after c-sections.
  • Better Sleep: 20 mins of cardio can boost nightly sleep quality.
  • Stress and Anxiety Relief: The endorphins exercise releases are proven to fight anxiety.
  • Strength and Confidence: As you grow stronger, confidence follows.
  • Weight Loss: Light strength training helps safely shed “baby weight.”

Without adequate recovery care, women can suffer long term issues like pelvic pain, leaking, backaches, and feeling chronically exhausted and “not like yourself.”

Our rehab program helps you avoid these pitfalls through gradual strengthening guided by specialists in women’s health physical therapy.

What to Expect: Our Postpartum Exercise Rehab Process

Getting back to exercise post-baby doesn’t happen overnight. Body Works Women’s Health & Wellness follows safe, gradual protocols tailored to your unique delivery and current abilities.

Here’s what you can expect when you join our 6-8 week Postpartum Rehab Program:

Initial Consultation

First, you’ll have a 60 assessment with one of our pelvic floor physical therapists. We’ll review:

  • Your delivery method and complications
  • Current pain levels and symptoms
  • Goals for recovery and exercise capability

Based on this, we design a customized rehab plan that progresses at YOUR pace.

Gentle Core and Pelvic Floor Strengthening

We focus first on gentle breathwork, core bracing, and pelvic floor activation. The delicate stabilizing muscles here MUST be protected and strengthened.

  • Breathwork: Regulates tension, circulation, recovery
  • Core Bracing: Supports and protects the spine and pelvic floor
  • Pelvic Floor Activation: Stabilizes organs, prevents leaking and prolapse later

These gentle exercises build an essential foundation before progressing activity.

Cardio and Strength Training

As core strength improves, we incorporate:

  • Low impact cardio like walking, swimming, stationary bike
  • Light strength training for arms, legs, glutes, and abs
  • Stretching tight, tense muscles

All customized to your pace and current fitness level. No intense HIIT workouts just yet!

Ongoing Assessments
Every 2 weeks, your therapist will re-assess:

  • Current pain levels
  • Energy/endurance
  • Strength/movement progress

Adjustments are made based on your progression and postpartum phase. You’ll receive updated home exercise plans to match.

Our goal is managing fatigue while SLOWLY rebuilding capability. No rushing!

Transition to Independent Exercise

In the final stages, your therapist helps develop an appropriate independent workout you can sustain post-discharge based on your lifestyle and preferences.

This ensures you continue progressing fitness while avoiding injury risk. You’ll get strategies for modifying intensity based on fatigue, modifying exercises based on pain, etc.

You’ll be armed with the knowledge and confidence to keep a smart fitness routine as your body continues changing postpartum!

The Benefits of Our Postpartum Exercise Program

While getting active postpartum has universal benefits, our customized rehab program leverages personalized therapy for advantages like:

Confidence and Motivation

Too often, new moms lose the confidence once found in their pre-baby body. We rebuild this by setting realistic goals tuned to YOUR body that bring tangible progress week-to-week. Small wins keep motivation high!

Specialized Care

Our women’s health PTs understand the unique changes involved with pregnancy and postpartum. We create tailored plans reflecting that, not generic gym routines.

Patient Education

You’ll learn the “why” behind each exercise prescription and how to listen to warning signs from your body. This prevents future injuries and empowers your health journey.

Accountability and Support

We track progress, provide coaching and encouragement, and problem solve hurdles together. You’ll never feel alone in this challenging transition.
The journey to feeling like your pre-baby self is difficult, but very possible. Between education, personalized programming, and unmatched support, our Postpartum Exercise Program delivers results.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re considering our Postpartum Exercise Rehab Program, you likely have some questions. Here are answers to some of the most common:

Does the rehab plan or exercise hurt while I’m pregnant? – The exercises prescribed should NOT hurt during pregnancy if performed correctly. We tune the workout intensity to avoid pain or excessive fatigue.

DO speak up if an exercise causes discomfort. Your therapist will modify to ensure no strain or pressure. Some discomfort during initial recovery is normal, but pain is not.

What does a typical physical therapy session involve?
Sessions involve:

  • Discussion of pain levels, energy levels, etc since last visit
  • Assessment of current strength capability
  • Instruction of new exercises to progress rehab plan
  • Guidance on proper form and intensity
  • Modifications based on your feedback
  • Clarification on concerns, questions

You perform recommended exercises with assistance and feedback from your physical therapist. Educational discussions optimize your understanding too.

What if I experience pain during the programmed exercises? STOP right away if any prescribed exercise causes true pain. Simply alert your therapist who will adjust to avoid discomfort.

Some muscle soreness and fatigue from a gradual ramp-up is expected. But sharp pain means we need to modify the exercise, intensity or volume accordingly. Your therapist is there to walk you through this process.

Meet Your Postpartum Rehab Team

Body Works Women’s Health & Wellness’ Postpartum Exercise Program is led by these specialized physical therapists:

Dr. Elizabeth Eldridge, DPT, OCS
Dr. Elizabeth Eldridge, DPT, OCS focuses on pelvic health and women’s health physical therapy. She guides new moms through safe postpartum recovery and fosters customized exercise based on current ability.

Begin Your Postpartum Strength Recovery

If you delivered in the past 12 weeks, our Return to Exercise Program can provide immense physical and mental benefits as you navigate new motherhood.

We guide you through gradual strengthening tailored to YOUR postnatal stage and current abilities. The specialized care empowers women to rebuild fitness, confidence and quality of life.
To get started with a free consultation, contact us at (864) 236-8146 and

We look forward to helping you on the journey back to your pre-baby fitness and health!

About The Author

Dr. Elizabeth Eldridge, DPT, OCS ignites movement in patients facing. Their years of dedication unlocks physical potential for a better quality of life. At Body Works Women’s Health & Wellness in Greenville, Dr. Elizabeth wields a patient-centered approach, wielding cutting-edge techniques and bespoke care plans to conquer a vast array of physical challenges.

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Rebecca Grim

I love everyone here! They keep it so nice & clean, & I know they clean and sanitize after each client. My therapist has done a great job helping me to learn the exercises & has been very encouraging. I feel much better than when I started! Fabulous experience!

Diana Raby

Dr Ashlee is amazing! She knows her stuff and is passionate about women’s health. Making her such a wonderful resource for us women especially when navigating the new waters of exercise after a baby. She helped me improve my posture when working out and most importantly learning how to breath correctly while working out. She really takes the time to listen to you and find the root cause of your pain. I highly recommend her!