Carrying and delivering a baby has a significant impact on a woman’s body, and many mothers have ongoing problems with their pelvic floor, their abdominal muscles, or their back, many months after giving birth.
Specialised advice is so important to ensure you’re on the right track to a full recovery. Whether you think your problem is big or small, it’s important to address it now, to prevent further problems later on in life. Here are some common issues that a Physiotherapist can help you address.
Number 1 - Neck and/or upper back pain while feeding. This is so common, and so easily treated with exercises and modifications to your posture and positioning. Understandably, many mothers are so focused on their baby being comfortable and feeding effectively, that they are willing to put up with some discomfort themselves, but then it slowly gets worse and worse until the pain becomes too much to bear. Obviously, this can still be treated, but recovery time will be longer than if you had received treatment when it first began.
Number 2 - Lower back pain. Again, very common since your abdominal muscles (which usually protect your back) are currently weak and inefficient. Simple tips such as altering the height of your change table, adjusting the straps on your baby carrier, or changing the way you lift your baby, can make a big difference and stop your back pain in its tracks.
Number 3 - Diastasis Recti. This is when your abdominal muscles remain separated more than two fingers width after six weeks. In this situation, there are very specific exercises that will assist with the healing, but more importantly there are very specific exercises that can be detrimental and should be avoided.
Number 4 - Weak pelvic floor. It’s worrying that many women live with ongoing incontinence issues because they weren’t told it can be treated. The majority of pelvic floor problems can be improved by appropriate exercises and specialised treatment. If you have a weak pelvic floor, it’s crucial that you’re not placing too much strain through these muscles by returning to high impact activities too early. You may be itching to get back into your running, or high intensity gym sessions, but your future body will thank you for holding off a bit longer.
Commencing the wrong type of exercise, or even the right type but too early, can have long term consequences for your health. A Physiotherapist can complete a personalised assessment, to help guide you, both NOW and in the FUTURE!
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