Max Collins started light Pilates exercises just two weeks after giving birth. On Thursday, July 23, the new mom addressed those who called her out for starting postnatal exercises too early.
“I was cleared by my midwife to do light exercises since I don’t have a tear, and I’ve already recovered from giving birth,” Max wrote on Instagram. She also credits her fast recovery as one of the benefits of having a gentle water birth.
Her words accompanied a photo of her during her morning stretch in an open area at their home. As Max did a yoga pose, she cradled her son Skye Anakin, who had his daily dose of vitamin D.
Max and husband Pancho Magno welcomed their son on July 6. On Wednesday, July 22, the new mom shared a time-lapse video of her doing light Pilates exercises. “Starting to feel more like myself,” she wrote in the caption.
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Max believes that a “happy momma makes a happy baby.” She sets aside time for herself, and she uses it to exercise. “I can only be a happy momma if my body and mind are functioning well,” she explained.
The new mama also reminded everyone that “working out isn’t just about losing weight, it’s about your overall health, get that blood flowing and endorphins kick in.”
“Raising a newborn is difficult and tiring, but seeing his precious lil face, discovering his different nuances day by day makes it all worth it,” Max wrote. “I think it’s okay to have some ‘me’ time once in a while,” she added.
“Let’s be kind to ourselves, so we have love to give to others,” Max wrote as she ended her post.
Always consult your doctor before you start any exercise after childbirth. Your body needs to heal, and just as every pregnancy and birth is different, every woman also heals at a different pace. The general rule is to wait at least six weeks before starting any type of postpartum exercise.