Anna recommends all new mums begin with at least one level 1 class before advancing to level 2. This allows Anna to assess your level of Diastasis Recti and individual core strength abilities.
The initial focus in our post-natal classes is on strengthening the deep abdominal muscles and pelvic floor (the inner unit) in order to reduce diastasis recti. Weight loss and reduction of a mummy tummy will naturally follow the creation of a stronger core.
Returning to exercise after having a baby can be daunting and intimidating. Let’s face it: post-pregnancy is rarely a time when women feel intrinsically motivated to commence a new fitness regimen and at the same time, there is a certain desperation about regaining the pre-baby body back. Rushing back into an exercise routine without proper guidance can cause problems down the line, especially relating to abdominal separation and reduced pelvic floor function. If these issues aren’t addressed immediately, progress will stall.
During pregnancy, the abdominal muscles stretch and expand to allow room for the growing baby. Diastasis Recti occurs when the rectus abdominals (our “six pack” muscles) separate along the midline, leaving the linea alba (soft connective tissue) to protrude through the gap. If left undetected or incorrect exercise prescription is given in early postnatal stages, this can cause a further widening of the gap and leaves the mother with a swollen (pregnant looking) tummy.
Whether you’ve had a natural delivery or a caesarean, the pelvic floor will have been placed under considerable pressure during pregnancy. The muscles weaken and functioning is reduced, which can cause complications such as stress incontinence. Re-educating new mothers to recruit their pelvic floor muscles correctly during exercise is essential; function should be restored before any advances are made in exercise programming. A stronger pelvic floor will also help in rectifying abdominal splitting.
Beloved Bumps Pre and Postnatal exercise specialist Anna kwan believes that in the postpartum period, it is essential to retrain the body from the inside out