Return To Running Post Baby

Return to Running Post Baby

So, you have just had a baby and you are about to put on your runners and hit the pavement. Is there anything that you would like to know before you start? Are you having issues that you would like addressed but don’t know where to begin?

Returning to running is a common goal that we see among new mother’s in our clinic. Often they plan on running soon after birth but don’t know how to go about it or what to look out for before starting. Returning before you are ready can sometimes lead to injury or other issues such as incontinence, so it’s important to seek guidance from a health care professional.

In March 2019, new international guidelines were released to help support health professionals (such as Physiotherapists) who work with post-natal women. These guidelines aim to provide a basis for helping women safely and confidently return to running and sport after birth.

The 4 main points that appear in these guidelines are:

  • Women can benefit from an individualised assessment and rehabilitation program for the pelvic floor after delivery. This program will focus on treatment and prevention of prolapse, incontinence and also improving sexual function.
  • Returning to running is not recommended prior to 3 months after delivery. This time is extended if women are experiencing pelvic floor symptoms such as incontinence.
  • We should consider body weight, breastfeeding, sleep deprivation, scar tissue and psychological status as part of the overall health of the mother when determining readiness to run.
  • Once a woman has reached 3 months post-natal and does not have any pelvic floor issues then a graded running program can commence. The program should be monitored and modified as required.

As you can see, returning to running after having a baby is a little more complicated than you might think! Here at Fitwise, we want to see all mother’s reach their fitness goals, so let us know when you are planning on putting your running shoes on and we can help you get back on track, safely!

Please note that information provided in this article is general advice only. For individual advice, we recommend a consultation. For more information or to book an appointment, you can…

  • Contact our friendly reception team on 9822 4999 (Armadale) or 9486 0512 (East Melbourne)
  • Book online. Select ‘make a booking’ in the top right-hand corner of the screen and follow the prompts
  • Email us on [email protected]

Source: Returning to running postnatal – guidelines for medical, health and fitness professionals managing this population. Tom Goom, Gráinne Donnelly and Emma Brockwell Published – March 2019.



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In 2004, Gen McGlashan and Libby Oldfield founded Fitwise Physiotherapy. They first met in 1994.  Libby was Gen’s physio when she had her first child. Gen then worked for Libby for 10 years in Libby’s previous business, located at the Epworth Freemasons Maternity Unit in East Melbourne. They have been a team working together for a very long time!!

Libby and Gen have always had a passion for empowering women, by helping provide accurate evidence based information and treatment to help women live their best lives. Excellence in all that they do, practising and operating in an innovative way has always been their core. Fitwise was the first multi-practitioner practice providing Women’s Health physiotherapy consultations, exercise classes and clinical pilates in Melbourne.

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In February 2005 Gen and Libby moved their one room practice to Albert St East Melbourne. They had expanded to 2 treatment rooms, an exercise studio and a pilates studio with a small team of physiotherapists and one receptionist. This was exciting as they wanted to be able to help more people and to grow their team – enabling their other passion: teaching and mentoring clinicians who also wanted to work within the Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health arena.

5 years later, they expanded their East Melbourne clinic and in 2015 opened their second clinic in Armadale.

Remedial Massage, Myotherapy and Dietetics have been an exciting addition in recent years, with Podiatry and Exercise Physiology being added in 2022.

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The Fitwise team has now grown to include 18 amazing practitioners and 12 wonderful administrative team members and is still growing!

Libby and Gen have always loved providing a holistic service, treating a variety of conditions in consultations and providing exercise appropriate for different life stages. The community of clients that are part of the Fitwise family, (some who have been part of the journey from the very beginning – over 17 years ago), are the biggest reason they do what they do. For Gen and Libby, it is a privilege to be part of these wonderful people’s lives.