Welcome to Island Health

On August 1 st, we launched our new public website:


and a new website for medical staff:


Our website was developed in partnership with patients and residents of Vancouver Island and the surrounding regions. It's accessible, mobile friendly and flexible to help us evolve with our communities as we work towards excellent health and care for everyone, everywhere, every time.

Come visit the new sites and update your bookmarks. This www.viha.ca site will continue to be available for one month so that our staff and partners have time to update their links to the new site. You can still browse the old site but it will no longer be updated.



After the arrival of your baby, you will likely want to spend several days to a week resting as much as possible. Once you’ve regained your strength and your lochia (vaginal blood flow) has stopped, it is safe to begin doing moderate exercise.
  • After you have given birth, keep your physical activity light until vaginal bleeding has stopped. If you experience heavy bleeding, contact your doctor or midwife immediately.
  • Protect your lower back during any physical activity. The weight of enlarged breasts and weakened stomach muscles may put you at increased risk of injury.
  • Women who were very physically active before pregnancy and want to return to their exercise routines should consult their doctor or midwife.
  • Women who were not active before pregnancy may want to consider adding activities like walking or stretching to their new routines.
  • If you had a caesarean birth, you should be extra careful not to lift heavy objects or exert your stomach muscles until your incision is fully healed.
  • Increase physical activity gradually. Trust your body’s signals. Stop if you feel you are overdoing it.