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Back in your (new) shape after baby: How to return to exercise postpartum

An introduction to this class

You just devoted 9 months of your life to making and birthing a baby!

It can be a real shock how different your body feels postpartum. Dr. Celeste's class will give you the guidance, education and confidence you need to build back your body after making an entire human

What you just did is AMAZING

Your body deserves a break but more importantly, it deserves some attention! We've got you, mama.

This class will focus on:

  • How to survive the first 6 weeks postpartum & what your pelvic floor has to do with it

  • How to handle a diastasis recti and build back your core

  • The best way to return to running

  • How to get back to weight lifting...or yoga

  • Strategies to start exercise with a baby and keep exercising!

Whether you were going on 5 mile hikes until the day before your delivery or you had been on bedrest for the last 4 months of your pregnancy, your postpartum body probably feels shockingly different right now.

Dr. Celeste Compton, physical therapist with Origin, certified women's health specialist and new mom, will help you get back in your (new) shape after baby so you walk away feeling both confident and educated!

Ready to take care of yourself, mama?

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Changes and surviving the first six weeks

  2. 2
    • Restoring the pelvic floor

  3. 3
    • Your core and diastasis

  4. 4
    • Getting back to exercise

  5. 5
    • Now keep exercising

Meet the instructor


Dr. Celeste Compton, Origin

Celestine Compton, PT, DPT is a doctor of physical therapy with a board certified specialization in women's and pelvic health at Origin (, a pelvic floor and full body physical therapy practice. Dr. Compton is both Herman & Wallace and APTA trained in the areas of pelvic pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, myofascial mobilization, pregnancy and postnatal care. She has acted as a consultant and content developer for various websites and blogs related to women's health and continues to enjoy writing on the subject. Dr. Compton enjoys working in the orthopedic setting and began developing her specialization in women's health physical therapy following her experience in the Women's March of 2017. She continues to expand her knowledge and capabilities within the field of women’s health physical therapy in order to provide her patients and community with the best care, advocate for her profession on local and national levels, and support the advancement of women’s health through contributions to research, public awareness, and education. As part of the Origin team, she hopes to do her part to raise the standard of care that all women receive at every stage of life and to improve patient access to quality care so that no individual, regardless of location, race, identity, education, sexuality, or economic status is left behind. Originally from New Jersey, she lives with her partner and their daughter in California where the sun is always shining, the beach is always open and a good hike is just a few miles away!

What mamas are saying


  • A godsend!

    I found Origin when I was pregnant and wanted to stay in shape without aggravating my diastasis recti. I've worked on all my aches and pains during pregnancy (back pain, knee pain etc.). After having my baby, I came back to do pelvic floor work. It’s been a godsend!
    -Stephanie S.

  • Really helped my hips, neck, and knees rehabilitate!

    Best place ever! I am still going, I started 6 week postpartum and my son is almost 9 months! Really helped my hips, neck, and knees rehabilitate!
    -Hallie M.

  • Instrumental in my postpartum recovery

    Origin was instrumental in my postpartum recovery. I wish I knew about it when I was pregnant so I could better prepare my body for childbirth and postpartum recovery. Everyone who is pregnant or postpartum should pay a visit to this place, you won't regret it!
    -Elly S.

  • Gave me the tools I need to continue rehabbing myself at home as needed

    I just completed working with Origin after my c-section. I was experiencing core weakness postpartum and SI joint and hip pain, as well as tightness in my scar. As a professional dancer and dance teacher I had very specific goals to prepare me to return to work. They gave me the tools I need to continue rehabbing myself at home as needed. I would definitely recommend Origin for working through physical pain and weakness postpartum!
    -Sophia S.

  • Helped me with every issue from pelvic floor to hips to elbows strain from lifting my baby

    If you're experiencing any discomfort post baby - can't recommend this place enough! They helped me with every issue from pelvic floor to hips to elbows strain from lifting my baby.
    -Dom A.


  • Do I need any equipment?

    No just bring yourself, if you have a yoga mat that can make the experience more comfortable but all you need is yourself

  • How quickly will I be able to start working out again?

    Every body is different and the return to exercise can vary depending on how your body changed during pregnancy, what your postpartum recovery has looked like, and your mental health postpartum. It’s important to wait until you have your doctor’s clearance to start exercising again. Once you get the green light, we encourage you not to rush back to your pre-pregnancy workout. Caring for a newborn is exhausting, and exercising when you’re fatigued raises your chance of injury. Take it slow and listen to your body. If you need to rest, rest.

  • Is it possible to check for diastasis recti from home?

    We’ll show you how to do a self check at home or you can always go to a physical therapist virtually or in-person to have them check (or double check).