What do vitamins and minerals actually do in the body? What is their role and all the hype?
They are involved in 100's of roles within the body from building healthy strong bones, to making hormones and even to help maintain your heart beat. However the biggest role they have is the thousands of reactions within each cell of your body every second of the day to open the cell and receive the nutrients from your food so your body can actually use the food you are putting in.
Let’s face it you are about to go through the marathon of your life! It’s no easy task but there are a few things you can do to help yourself get prepared and ease your stress.
There are many things you can do to prepare your mind, body and home for pregnancy, labour and a new born. Here are just a few practical tips.
Rebecca Barr has recently joined our team at Perfect Pelvic Floor as our guest blogger. She has been a Physiotherapist for over 10 years with years of experience in pelvic floor retraining and incontinence. Here is her beautiful birth story and I just love her beautiful baby girls name Emmison.
After seeing those two lines appear, I knew I had to do another test just to make sure. This time the digital pregnancy stick which told me I was 1 - 2 weeks pregnant!
When talking about your pelvic floor muscles what do you need to know? that these small and sometimes seemingly insignificant muscles do a whole lot that you probably don't even know about and wouldn't even realise.
Reality is you can thank these muscles for all they do on a daily basis!
I love this recipe! Easy, quick, healthy and they freeze well if you're preparing for life as a new mum.
Chia is jam packed with nutrients including protein, omega 3 fatty acids, fibre and can help you feel fuller for longer.
Your Bladder and your Pelvic Floor
What does your bladder do? Do you even know? How does it relate to your Pelvic Floor muscles?
It's something that a lot of people only think about when something is going wrong.
Your bladder if under the age of 70 should store 350ml to 500ml of urine and will send a stretch message to your brain when your bladder is full.
Finding yourself wondering why it's called morning sickness when it happens all day? You’re not alone, around half to two thirds of pregnant women experience morning sickness during their pregnancy.
Most commonly in the first trimester around the 6 week mark, and especially at week 8 as that is when your hormones are changing rapidly, however it can continue longer or start earlier for some women. Sometimes pregnancy isn't all joy and happiness in those first few weeks, you're not alone if you feel this way.
Post Pregnancy Anatomy - Is it the same?
One of the most common questions I get asked as a Women's Health Physiotherapist is by first time pregnant women asking - will my lady bits be the same after giving birth?
Most often the answer to this is YES, the female anatomy, including the pelvic organs and pelvic floor muscles do amazing things! After all your uterus can stretch to the size of a watermelon!! There are however some important symptoms to recognise and treat in order to ensure your pelvic floor muscles and pelvic organs return to normal.
As a new mum, you generally forget about yourself and look after everyone else. Hands down it's about survival. However, I'm here to remind you the 1st 8 weeks are by far the best time for your body to recover!
Research has shown the best recovery gains in your stomach muscle separation and function are within the 1st 8 weeks. Don't freak out, there are very easy and gentle exercises that you can do at home within this time frame, none of which put your pelvic floor muscles at risk.
Here's 5 easy things to do.
Is it? Why does a miscarriage happen? What does it mean? Is it your fault?
I had coffee with a friend the other day who was telling me about her doctor who told her she had a miscarriage because of her lifestyle.
I was so angry when I heard this and it made my heart break knowing she was hurting. Because she didn’t know she was pregnant she continued with the pill, this along with her dietary choices and her heavy lifting job were to blame, according to this doctor.
I'm sure many of you have had these thoughts. Why me? What did I do? Was it my fault?
I'm Melanie, a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist.
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