Advice on Core & Pelvic FloorFree
Get advice on your core, pelvic floor & how to return to exercise
During pregnancy, the pressure on the belly can sometimes cause the muscles in your abdomen to widen. This is called diastasis recti, and about two-thirds of women have this happen during pregnancy. The condition is also more likely if you’ve had more than one child, if you’re over 35 when pregnant, or if you’re having a heavy baby or multiples.
While the muscle opening shrinks after giving birth, some women are left with a “pooch” that they fear they’ll never get rid of. The condition can also wreak havoc on your lower back and cause constipation. Unlike the exercises you used to do to get a flat stomach, things like sit-ups, crunches, and planks, as well as swimming and certain yoga poses (anything on your hands and knees) can make abdominal separation / diastasis recti worse.
The best way to get your core back, and relieve lower back pain and constipation, is to get help from a professional experienced in treating diastasis recti. Our award-winning trainer, Anna, is UK certified in pre & postnatal exercise and loves helping mums improve their core strength and lumbopelvic stability.
On the third Tuesday of every month, she will be available between 2-3pm to provide one-on-one consultations and can answer any questions you may have on:
- Your own postnatal recovery
- Advise on core and pelvic floor rehab
- Provide diastasis recti checks
- Teach you how to reactivate dormant core muscles
I booked an appointment but can no longer make it
We get it can be hard to get out of the house! But please cancel your appointment on the app so that we can allocate it to someone else 🙂
Can I bring my baby?
Absolutely – we have mats and toys that they can lay on whilst you are being checked.
If I have any postnatal issues can you treat me?
Anna is a prenatal and postnatal exercise specialist, so she cannot treat you as a physio for example. We work with a multidisciplinary team and have excellent experts that we can refer to if required. We don’t refer unnecessarily. Sometimes it may be that some postnatal rehab through exercise will help – we will discuss this with you at the appointment.
Why is postnatal exercise so important to do?
If diastasis recti is left undetected or incorrect exercise prescription is given, further widening of the gap can leave a mother with a pregnant looking tummy as well as lower back pain and constipation. The initial focus in our post natal classes is on strengthening the deep abdominal muscles and pelvic floor, and re-educating new mothers on how to use their pelvic floor muscles correctly during exercise.
Which postnatal class should I sign up for?
Always start with the Level 1 class – our PT’s will assess you and then if you are able to move up to Level 2 they will inform you.