It is a myth that having a baby means that you cannot return to your pre-baby level of exercise. However, jumping right into an exercise programme after delivery is not ideal for everyone.
Most post-natal women still seek the attention of personal trainers for exercise instruction after pregnancy and delivery and are unaware of the potential dangers of returning to sport and exercise without a proper physical examination.
Whether you have had a vaginal or caesarian birth, your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles have been stretched and possibly damaged and it is essential to get them working well again. While your goal may be to lose your baby fat and restore your figure, how you do this is important since some types of exercise can create back pain, difficulty controlling urine or dropping of the uterus and other pelvic organs. Knowing when and how to begin is important.
There is a growing body of evidence supporting the role of a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in providing this post-natal care, commencing with the initial examination following through to the end-stage rehabilitation of the abdominal wall. The approach is highly individual and has been developed using a combination of clinical evidence, experience and expertise.
Whether you are still experiencing pain post-natally or are pain-free but want to restore your abdominal wall, post-natal rehabilitation is based around retraining of your deep abdominal muscles using Pilates based exercises that become more dynamic and functional to your individual needs and goals.
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