For all Moms, whether you are planning for your first baby, already pregnant, or after pregnancy, our yoga program can help. We also have Physical Therapist Pelvic Experts in-house to discuss issues relating to fatigue, pelvic floor pain, prolapse, incontinence, etc.
We get you BACK IN SHAPE with Strengthening, Conditioning, and Abdominal, Back, and Pelvic Floor treatment and exercises.
Yoga and therapy can help in many ways as follow:
Preparing for a new pregnancy:
Learn how to prepare yourself for a new pregnancy with a good exercise program.
Learn relaxation and stress reduction techniques to help get your life in balance
Pregnancy on BEDREST: We teach you exercise techniques while on bedrest to help you stay conditioned
Pregnancy Exercises: We instruct exercises and injury prevention during pregnancy
Recommend special lift or support belt for your belly or back strain
Recommend shoes and wrist/knee supports as needed
After Delivery self massage, conditioning, herniation prevention:
C Section healing, Abdominal massage, Episiotomy massage, spasms reduction
Prevent abdominal muscle herniation- at midline or sometimes on the sides of the trunk.
During pregnancy, the abdominal area expands to accommodate the fetus' growth. Hormonal changes also allow the woman's connective tissues to further expand. These factors may result in weaknesses and overstretching. After delivery, hormonal levels return to pre-pregnancy with time. During this healing period, if the tissues do not return to pre-pregnancy size, or if the woman must start doing more strenuous work before she sufficiently heals, such as taking care of an older sibling, house chores, or work routine, her muscles might not heal to the correct levels of tension.
Thus, the connective tissues may not return back to "normal". The layers of abdominal muscles, especially in midline, or at the groin, or in the pelvic floor (see prolapses) may stay loose or overstretched, causing areas of herniation or weakness. This is not the same as "getting fat".
It is vital to understand the risk and how to prevent herniation during pregnancy and after giving birth. If you already have an "outie" belly button, you could also be prone to more protrusion or weakness in this area after delivery.
EXERCISE and RECONDITIONING- There are many good yoga techniques to help control and strengthen pelvic floor muscles.
Toning and strengthening spinal muscles, abdominals, core stabilization
Overall Body shaping and strengthening
Correct technique to prevent herniation or prolapse
Leaking urine- Stress Incontinence – this happens to at least 50% of women
Upper Back, Low Back pain, Tightness in chest and shoulder muscles, pain in hips
Body changes during pregnancy and after delivery:
Changes in posture from carrying a growing fetus
Changes in work and life routines around pregnancy
Straining in the neck and shoulders
Changes in pelvis and hips due to joint dilation, widening of hips
Recovery/ rebound of ligaments and joints after delivery- stresses on joints and muscles as the body attempts to get to "new normal"
Pain with intercourse (also called Dysparunia happens to even to several years after delivery)
Muscle and Ligament laxity (dilation of joints and muscle connective tissue)
From pressure of carrying baby during pregnancy
Pressure during pushing/ delivery
Involves the bladder, uterus, rectum – protrusion into vagina, or into anal area.
Worse cases during pushing from voiding
Pressure from prolonged sitting
Pressure from weight gain
Importance of Correct postures and body mechanics
Household and work chores while pregnant
Work related tasks: Lifting, carrying, reaching, squatting, bending
Baby care tasks: feeding of infant and growing newborn, lifting other children, or both
Refer to Pelvic Expert for more pelvic floor related issues: http://pelvicexpert.com/readmore_pregnancy.php
Call our Yoga and Pelvic Experts for any concerns or questions, or to take classes: 813-631-9700
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