I guess I didn't specifically ask if I could work out or not. I did ask kind of jokingly after they stitched me up, "So, how long until I can ride my bike again?" I felt that would be a long ways off, and to my surprise (I had no desire to ride on tons of stitches), my midwife answered, "I'd give it four weeks." The hospital let me go outside for a 30 minute walk the day after I gave birth, so I know walking is ok. Jogging to me is not much more stress on the body if I take it easy.
What they did say about exercising was if I was bleeding a lot more, then I've done too much and I need to slow down and rest. I bled a good bit the first week, but now it's already down to one pantyliner a day, a few days I haven't seen any blood. My body feels miserable without exercise. So that's why I've been outside working out.
But, you guys are doing better than me, communicating with your doctors. I've not been communicative. So, I don't know if what I'm doing is right. But, what I've read in books about waiting six weeks doesn't make sense. I guess it's a good suggestion for majority of people, but maybe not to us on this thread that have managed to run up until the last day (not me- I stopped about 35 weeks). It's way more easier to run now without a big belly and squished longs.
So, don't follow what I'm doing. I'm just crazy in the house and a good bit depressed, and exercising outdoors makes me feel better.