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.
Baby in a whaaaat? you might ask! Well yes it's a baby box and a very good one at that!
This is Tuutu Box and I'm so unbelievably grateful to be linked with them. This is an amazing concept and is seriously helping to reduce the risk of SIDS particularly in Finland!
I love that PPF can support, promote and be involved with providing information and special offers to new mums with Tuutu Box.
I had a chat with Susanna one of the founders of Tuutu Box to help you understand the concept a little more.
Wow what happened to my tummy? It looks like it's torn in half and not working.
This is very common after pregnancy, It's called Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA). Where the tummy muscles have stretched and separated during and after pregnancy leaving you feeling weak and flabby. What can you do about it?
DRA: This is where the fascia ( I like to think of it as a piece of glad wrap over the top and in between the muscles holding them all together) and connective tissue between your Rectus Abdominis (6 pack muscles) has stretched and weakened leaving a gap between your muscles.
I'm Melanie, a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist.
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