The new standard of care after pregnancy and delivery is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy. To best care for your baby, plan to take care of yourself too. An assessment by a PT after your 6 week appointment with your Midwife or OB provides helpful information for recovery. During PT, you will have the chance to rehabilitate and strengthen muscles that were weakened during pregnancy and delivery. This specialized PT can help reduce occurrences of pelvic floor dysfunction (see my blog for more) and increase overall health.
Use this PT locator link to find a provider near you: https://ptl.womenshealthapta.org/#
Dr. Heather Tremblay-Croteau, Fern PT (Delmar) https://fernpt.com
Laura Purificato, Therapeutic Evolution PT https://www.therapeuticevolutionpt.com/contact/ (Albany)
Keystone Physical Therapy https://www.keystoneptny.com/
St. Peter’s Health Partners Pelvic Health Center at Albany Memorial Hospital
Regina Hagstrand, 518-371-9572 (Clifton Park)
Molly Conway, The Body Workshop PT (Clifton Park) https://bodyworkshoppt.com/
Kate Robertson 518-286-4990 (East Greenbush Physical Rehab (St. Peter’s affiliate)
Shannon Regner, Innova PT 518-632-4944 http://www.innovapt.com/ (Queensbury)
Regional Therapy Center of Saratoga Hospital 518-583-8383
Silvermaple Physical Therapy, 518-713-4106 (Latham)
Seton Health Incontinence Treatment Center 518-268-5380 (Troy)
1. Dear diastasis community, don’t make me come in there By Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy expert, Julie Wiebe
2. 3 Things You MUST Know For Better Core + Pelvic Floor Function Now By Jessie Mundell, Pre & Postnatal Exercise Trainer and Founder of the PostNatal Fitness Academy
3. Brianna Battles' E-book on DR https://www.briannabattles.com/diastasis-recti-eb
Article from Girls Gone Strong about prolapse: Can I Exercise With Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
Also visit my blog and the post titled, "Leaking is common but it's not normal" for more on prolapse.
Your provider may not have mentioned it, but gently touching your scar in the early weeks is important. Scar mobilization promotes blood flow and healing and it can make a difference years after your c-section. Here is an article that explains why:
Hormone Intelligence by Dr Aviva Romm
Menopause Manifesto by Dr. Jen Gunter
Next Level by Dr. Stacy Sims
Hit Play Not Pause Podcast
On Health with Dr. Aviva Romm On Health on Apple Podcasts
I am a strong supporter of the programs on Brianna Battles' website for coaches and athletes!
For coaches who work with women., you will learn evidence based strategies for training clients during pregnancy and beyond. Through the course, you join the ranks of an impressive group of coaches, pelvic floor therapists and birth professionals from around the globe.
For athletes returning to their favorite activities after having a baby, there are great courses you can take right in the comfort of your home - a no brainer!
Check out the excellent free resources from Brianna Battles' website: Exercise during Pregnancy, the No Pee cheatsheet, Common Mistakes for Athletes & Their Coaches and more about Diastasis Recti.
To find a Pregnant & Postpartum Athleticism Coach near you, check this map: http://www.briannabattles.com/professional-network/
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I use the mini bands every day - they're awesome especially since my kids no longer steal them and wear as headbands.
I have weights (dumbbells & kettlebells) that I use three times per week.
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I am also a graduate of the PostNatal Fitness Academy. This program changed the course of my career and has also connected me with countless talented colleagues all over the world.
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