Rather than think of common postpartum issues such as back pain, distended abdomens and urinary incontinence as depressing matters that are super unfair - they can give you the opportunity to address your fitness at a deep level than ever before. What a gift!
Pregnancy tends to reveal our weaknesses in our core that were actually there long before having kids. By working on it, our whole body benefits for the rest of our lives!
Pregnancy and Postpartum Training is a whole body issue - and therefore requires a whole body approach.
In this extensive course created by a Dr. of Physical Therapy, Dr. Sarah Duvall, I learned so much about managing back pain, posture issues, diastasis (separation of the ab muscles along the midline), hernias, prolapse, and other issues that can affect us from head to toe. A lot of these issues can be drastically helped with a few simple breathing exercises.1
To give you an example, I have never been pregnant, but I am no stranger to core injury. I unfortunately suffered from a hernia that developed after an abdominal surgery that went awry. This hernia has made it medically unsafe for me to become pregnant. However, I have made huge strides in improving my core strength and capacity since working the exercises and concepts found in this pregnancy and postpartum corrective exercise course.
Even more importantly, I have gotten myself back to living a pain free life which includes overcoming back pain that limited my ability to walk comfortably for years. These are all things that can happen when our core is weak, or simply out of balance. And it's just as common in athletes as non-athletes - postpartum just happens to be a time when this weakness tends to get magnified and exposed.
Simply doing kegals or binding your abdomen barely scratch the surface of what the average postpartum woman needs - and in some cases can be the exact opposite of what your body really needs. Don't settle, and don't be brushed off that it's all normal after giving birth. This is your one and only body! It's worth it to take the time to learn what you need to know to not only regain function, but to surpass your prepregancy shape if you so choose and desire!