13
Nov

Rebuild Your Body Post Pregnancy

Portrait of mother carrying her baby in living room at home

Designed by Peoplecreations – Freepik.com

You might have taken supplements, followed doctor’s advice and even read the popular book “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” but part of you is still dealing with the reality of physical challenges now that you delivered that bundle of joy.

A mother-to-be instinctively knows that carrying a child for 9 months puts great stress on her body, so extra self-care was important to maintain general health, optimal bodily functions and good energy levels throughout the pregnancy.  After delivery, the major discomfort may be gone, now it’s time to address the anticipated but perhaps unwelcome after effects.

The physical stress alone while pregnant was very demanding for joints, muscles and nerves to stay in balance due to the increase in body weight and the fluctuation of hormones. Without proper care like exercise, stretching, extra rest and healthy food, physical stress accumulates, leading to painful posture issues that might be causing lower back or hip pain.

It’s normal for the body to change shape during pregnancy to accommodate proper development of the fetus. Stomach, pelvic muscles and ligaments stretch beyond their normal range throughout pregnancy. However, these “normal” changes often linger and will not restore back to their original state without some corrective intervention.

Although you might accept some weight gain and change in the shape of your body, major adverse postural changes like an excessive lower back curve, coupled with excessive anterior pelvic tilt, (diagram below) could escalate into incontinence and sexual dysfunctions due to muscles within the back and pelvis being inhibited.

Additionally, organ stress and distention of the viscera, (intestines) will occur. That means, organs and viscera have to negatively rearrange or alter their physiological position, form and shape to accommodate the changes in the lumbo-pelvic region. This also puts stress on the musculoskeletal system, but all other systems (nerves, circulation, lymphatic, hormonal and organs) equally take on their share of the burden.

Get back the body you had before the blessed birthing event. I offer a complimentary consultation in which I can assess what areas need help and provide a custom routine for you.

My Post Pregnancy Program

  1. Show specific postural exercises to strengthen and stabilize the deep muscles in the pelvis and lower back
  2. Strengthen pelvis & back muscles to address any issues of urinary incontinence
  3. Provide tailored stretching program to release tight and inhibited muscles
  4. Guidance on better breathing techniques
  5. Give soft tissue mobilizations and massage
  6. Share safe lifting techniques
  7. Offer nutritional advice to help reduce inflammation

bad pregnancy posture

— Wayne Daniels, Human Movement Specialist

 

Leave a Reply