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.