Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE being a mom - even on those days where the dirty diapers are piling up, tantrums are non-stop, and the house is a sticky mess. By “pain” I mean physical - neck, back, shoulders, wrists, etc. Being a new parent pushes you to the limits in every way. Pregnancy and childbirth take a toll on the body, often leaving it weak, uncomfortable, and prone to injury or pain. And then the day to day tasks we do with our kids - lifting, carrying, nursing, driving… all while often trying to manage a household at the same time… it’s no wonder so many new parents come in to the clinic reporting pain, discomfort, and injury.
Did you know that France provides ten physiotherapy sessions to ALL of their women who have just delivered a baby? During that time, the physiotherapists there implement an exercise routine often incorporating Hypopressive/Low Pressure fitness exercises. France has taken into consideration the importance of rehabilitating the inner core and the pelvic floor after pregnancy and made it available to all.
Pregnancy and early motherhood can be hard on your body. Seek advice early on from your physiotherapist for tools to reduce pain during and after pregnancy. Exercising while pregnant will help strengthen and prepare your body for the birth. Continuing to exercise after your baby is born will help ensure you are able to care for your newborn and regain your fitness. Your physiotherapist can create an exercise program that meets your individual goals and help reduce pain during and after your pregnancy.