Getting Back your PreBaby Body

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Getting Back Your Pre-Baby Body

Did you know that pregnancy can cause your abdominal muscles to separate? In some circumstances you can attempt to prevent this from occurring, but women who have had large babies and or caesarean sections are at a particular disadvantage in trying to repair their bodies post pregnancy.

A lot of women feel distressed about the appearance of their post-baby body. Whilst having a beautiful new baby can be a wonderful thing, the media printing magazines with celebrities having perfect summer bikini ready bodies after only several weeks after giving birth can lead normal mums to feel angst and despair.

Body Confidence and Post-Natal Depression

Sometimes no matter how much reassurance family and friends give to a woman, and having her partner say she is beautiful and attractive, she can become more likely to develop post-natal depression as a result of a number of contributing factors. Lack of body confidence can be a significant contributor to post-natal depression.

Fortunately, with some gentle and consistent effort under the care of a physiotherapist, even a mother who has had a large separation of her abdominal muscles as well as a caesarean can get back into form and shape and feel happier with her appearance.

With the emphasis on healthy living, and having core stability in the abdominal muscles, and an improvement in posture, a physiotherapist is in an excellent position to be able to provide a program of stretches and exercises that will promote rapid healing of diastasis recti.

Health Priorities Post Pregnancy

A diet that is nutritious and adequate in kilojoule intake for taking care of a baby, and more if breast feeding will aid in keeping off pregnancy weight gain, and an exercise program will create more tone and shape in a woman’s figure. The separation of the stomach muscles due to pregnancy can cause back problems, and pain in the spine.

To rectify any type of back pain, a strong abdominal core and lower back muscles are essential. It also pays to be aware of postural positions, and ensure that when you are performing any type of activity that you are mindful of the way that you move.

Exercises for post-pregnancy that will help bring the abdominal muscles together include different types of ball exercises and Pilates. A physiotherapist is best consulted for safe performance and instruction in exercise post-natal exercise, to prevent injury and promote safety.

Medical Compression Garments offer Gentle Support

Support garments are often now used to help women regain their pre-pregnancy bodies, which is much preferable to the binding garments once used, but the principle is the same. The aim is to hold muscles in place during daily activities, which helps promote stable movement and strength in the core of the body.

Attending your physiotherapist after you have your baby, and being assessed for any kind of abdominal muscle separation will ensure that you are well on the way to having more confidence and happiness in your personal appearance.

Some women have sought information from the Internet about repairing their abdominal muscle separation themselves, and performed exercises such as crunches which can make the condition worse. It is far better to have the condition of your stomach assessed by a physiotherapist who will prescribe an exercise routine that you perform whilst both at the physiotherapist and at home.

Consultation With A Physiotherapist

During a consultation where the abdominal muscle separation is assessed, an ultrasound is often performed by the physiotherapist in order to determine the extent of the muscle damage. A medically graded compression garment that is safe and allows for proper circulation and recovery of muscles post birth can be prescribed by a physiotherapist, and these can be staged as the healing progresses.

Exercises will start off on a particular focus of regaining muscle strength and stability, and certain exercise should be avoided that can worsen the problem. It is essential therefore that a routine visit to a physiotherapist be considered as part of post-natal care for a woman. Once treatment has begun, and exercises followed by the woman, healing should take place over the next several months.

It is important to be patient with the process of post-natal recovery, due to the body returning to its former state. Muscles have been weakened from hormones causing joints to loosen, and it takes a good three to twelve months to fully recover after having a baby, and to fully resume a normal active routine.

Post-pregnancy recovery, whilst it being a normal and natural part of a mother’s life, should be considered as a priority to ensure that all muscles and organs return to a per-pregnancy condition, if not in a far better state of condition.

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