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Pregnancy and post-natal health

Pregnancy and delivery can significantly alter the anatomy and function of the abdominal wall and pelvic floor. All in all, the body can feel very different than it did before childbirth. Overstretched abdominal and pelvic floor muscles don’t provide the support they once did. Hormonal changes, breast feeding and changes in activity all contribute to changes in the structure of your tissues. Your muscles, ligaments, skin and joints may all be more mobile and provide less support so you feel like you move with less control and stability. And on top of that, carrying and feeding your child can put you in some awkward positions, ones that may not hold you in the best posture.

The body is great at finding ways to adapt when things are not working properly, but these adaptations are not always the best way for the body to function.  Women often develop non-optimal habits for standing, sitting and lifting. These habits can further overload the joints, muscles and organs and lead to complications in the years to come.

image of pregnancy and post natal healthWhile it’s difficult to find time with a new child in your life, it’s important to take care of your body after pregnancy to improve your short term function and prevent future damage that can occur because of the compensation strategies you may be using. By restoring function early and safely, we hope to decrease the number of women who will go on to experience back and pelvic pain as well as incontinence and organ prolapse.