A Physical Therapist’s Perspective: By Therapydia Pregnancy is a time of wellness accompanied by tremendous musculoskeletal, physiological and emotional change. Many expecting moms experience these physical changes along with pain and discomfort but these feelings can actually be reduced by training and preparing certain muscle groups for pregnancy. The idea is to combat the strain that is … [Read more...] about GUEST BLOG: Pelvic Health and Pregnancy
One of the questions I am often asked is whether you should monitor your heart rate while exercising during pregnancy. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ACOG) at one point recommended that during pregnancy women do not allow their heart rate to go above 140 beats per minute. This recommendation is still often talked about, but it was actually removed in 1994 as a … [Read more...] about HEART RATE DURING EXERCISING WHEN PREGNANT
It all started 4 years ago with this big bump! 🙂 Wow what a 4 years it has been! So many changes over 4 years. Changes to my life, my mind, my body, my attitude, my soul. My whole focus in life took a new direction on 9 February 2014. My time, my heart, my fears would never again be my own. There has been so much learning. So many new challenges and adventures. I still … [Read more...] about TJ’s Birth Story
One of the daily movements you do as a mom is pick babies and lots of other baby related "stuff" - often heavy - up from the floor...often multiply times a day. If done incorrectly, especially in those early days and months post birth, that can lead to back ache/pain, increasing your diastasis recti (aka abdominal separation) and further weakening your core system. Yes in this video … [Read more...] about Picking up your baby…car seat…shopping…toys…
TJ does not sit in a high chair and he feeds himself. However, he loved playing pretend to eat with mummy so that we could give you some tips for feeding your baby without stressing your core/hurting your back. Once your child begins weaning they can spend a lot of time in their high chair. Meal times can be long and I remember it feeling like as soon as one meal was done they were back … [Read more...] about What is the best baby feeding position?
2 days after giving birth to my first child (TJ) my midwife checked me for diastasis recti (aka abdominal separation) (“DR”). I had about a 5 finger width gap. She told me to be careful how I got up and down, but that was it. She did not give me any exercises to do. My DR was never checked again by my midwife or by my doctor… Fortunately, I knew a little about DR and through further … [Read more...] about 10 facts all moms should know about diastasis recti