Happy Mothers Day!
I have an immense appreciation for mums.
Naturally children come first for mothers, and when playing that role in life, mums often forget to take care of themselves.
Self care is not always easy to do, even without children. Yet it’s not until we love ourselves (which also means care for ourselves) that we can truly love anyone else.
I wanted to take this opportunity today to talk about the Pelvic Floor and why it’s important to include this in your self care practices.
A topic that I don’t think is discussed often enough. However it’s what I talk a lot about with the mums I train, as we work on keeping this area strong and supple.
It’s common for mums to experience incontinence after childbirth. Symptoms maybe waking up at night to the toilet, not be able to jump on a trampoline any more or laugh without an accident!
The job of the pelvic floor is to;
1. Support the organs, bladder, vagina, rectum and the abdominal contents.
2. Provide fecal, gas and urinary continence
3. Support good sexual responses
4. Help expel baby during the birthing process
After childbirth the pelvic floor can feel stretched from the weight of the baby during pregnancy and or torn or cut during vaginal deliveries.
It is important to start exercising the pelvic floor muscles very soon after childbirth to prevent future problems, like prolapse or incontinence.
As the baby grows the organs move to make space. They follow as the baby exits, putting extra pressure on the pelvic floor.
It is normal that they do not come back into place immediately. This is why it becomes important, when the time is right, to exercise the body as a whole, not just the pelvic floor. Some mothers can start as early as 2 weeks post natal, it depends on the individual situation.
Slow gentle specific post natal exercises are encouraged, to help restore the posture and abdominal muscles.
When posture is aligned and the abdominals are strong enough to support the body and the organs, this takes the pressure off the pelvic floor. This is not hard to achieve. Many of my clients start to feel a connection of their abdominals after one session, and many see huge changes and results after just a few weeks.
It is important to have a functional pelvic floor, and especially important to look after it prior to pregnancy, during, after, into menopause and beyond.
It’s never to late to improve and take care of your pelvic floor, even if your youngest baby is in their 30’s! It’s even relevant for men to have a functional pelvic floor, however that is a conversation for another day ;o)
Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions or would like to add any information about this topic. It is an important one for all mums.
If you think you need to strengthen your pelvic floor, I have a great online program, which gets amazing results.
Check out the Restore Your Core Program click here => Restore Your Core Program
KL RESTORE YOUR CORE WORKSHOPS
If you are a mum and live in KL please join me for one of my two workshops Healthy Core & Pelvic Floor.
I will talk about getting your body back the right way after childbirth, give tips on posture correction, check for diastasis rectis, explain some techniques on how to connect your pelvic floor and lower tummy; helping you to restore your core the right way.
If you have any pelvic floor and or lower abdominal weakness, or struggle to get your tummy back since childbirth, this workshop is for you.
For more info click here => Workshop Event
To register please respond to me by replying to this email.
These workshops will be discussing the same topics both days. So if you are attending please choose one date.
Thanks and have a wonderful Mothers Day!
I hope to see you all soon on the Mat soon!
PS: huge thank you to Carly one of my Core Fit Club clients for the use of her stunning photo with her son Levi. xxx
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