The new standard of care after pregnancy and delivery is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy. To best care for your baby, you should take care of yourself too! Having 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 link to find one near you: https://ptl.womenshealthapta.org/#s=1
St. Peter’s Health Partners Pelvic Health Center at Albany Memorial Hospital
Seton Health Incontinence Treatment Center 518-268-5380 (Troy)
Regina Hagstrand, 518-371-9572 (Clifton Park)
Body Workshop PT 518-350-4454 (Clifton Park)
Kate Robertson 518-286-4990 (East Greenbush Physical Rehab (St. Peter’s affiliate)
Laura Purificato, 518-512-3452, 4 Executive Park Drive, Albany
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)
Two great articles about diastasis:
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
Article from Girls Gone Strong about prolapse: Can I Exercise With Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
Also see my blog and the post titled, "Leaking is common but it's not normal" for more on prolapse.
Your provider may not have had time to mention it, but mobilizing your scar is incredibly important. It can make a difference many years after your c-section. Here is an article that explains why:
Check out these excellent resources from Brianna Battles' website on: Exercise during Pregnancy, the No Pee cheatsheet (yes please!), Common Mistakes for Athletes & Their Coaches (I've been there) and more about Diastasis Recti.
To find a Pregnant & Postpartum Athleticism Coach near you, check this map: http://www.briannabattles.com/professional-network/
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!
I am also a graduate of the PostNatal Fitness Academy! Taking this course changed the course of my career and has also connected me with countless talented colleagues all over the world.
Learn more about this program here: https://programs.jessiemundell.com/
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