Postnatal Wellness

Postnatal Wellness


Monday, April 18, 2016

By - BodyLove Pilatea Founder - Ali Handley

You’ve just given birth to your beautiful baby – now what?

  • You want to rediscover your body
  • Lose your mommy tummy
  • Safely return to regular fitness
  • Feel and look good

Get moving and start reconnecting immediately for a speedy and safe recovery.

Download the Bodylove Pilates postnatal after birth training program now.

What is the program?

  • The BodyLove Pilates Postnatal After birth training program is a 6 week core activation guide that provides you with safe and gentle exercises that can begin as soon as you are ready after labor – as early as the next day.
  • Caring for a newborn is a demanding job and it is our goal to help support you through these challenges by rediscovering your core connection, over-all strength, stability and mobility.

How does it work?

  • Created from founder Ali Handley’s genuine postnatal experience – the program allows you to follow along with her daily 10min core workouts that start the day she returns from hospital after giving birth to her second child. 
  • Join Ali as she works to close her diastasis, reconnect with her abdominals, repair her pelvic floor and address the needs of a postnatal woman – stretching, spinal mobilization and postural workouts. 
  • For six weeks you can access a new 10 min video each day that is crafted for that exact stage of your recovery.
  • Depending on the time you have available you will be able to add stretch and strength workouts. 
  • Listen to your body – if you don’t feel ready to move on to the next series of exercises repeat the week you have just done.
  • Be kind to yourself – you have just had a baby. Everyone is different and so everyones journey to recovery is unique to them.

What will you need?
All you need is 10 minutes a day to dedicate to your recovery. You don’t even need the internet with the day-by-day workouts included in this guide.
Optional equipment;

  • pilate mat
  • physioball
  • yoga block
  • small ball
  • theraband
  • foam roller

You've had a C-section - can you still do the program?

  • Yes!
  • You have just had major stomach surgery so give yourself a few extra days while you are in the hospital and then begin the program when you return home.
  • Make sure you walk around as much as possible in the hospital – even if you don’t feel like it! It will start the healing process.
  • You will need to take the program a bit slower while the stitches heal but it is crucial you begin the seated core work in weeks 1-2.
  • You will repeat these 3 x times before you move onto the final 4 weeks of the program.


Self-assessment is an important element of the BodyLove Pilates postnatal after birth training program. Learning how to assess your healing progress is crucial to ensure you are ready for the next phase .

What are you assessing?

  • Your separation or Diastasis Recti – depth, width and length.
  • Any greater than 2 fingers is considered dysfunction and rehab must continue.

How do I perform self assessment?

  • Look in the mirror – what is the appearance of the skin? Is there mottling? Safely get down on to your back (side first then roll over) with your knees bent, head down.
  • Begin the feel down the Linea Alba by gentle pushing into it with your index finger and middle finger together. Beginning at the sternum and go all the way down to just above your pubic symthesis.
  • What is the integrity of the connective tissue? Is there tone and resistance or can you push your fingers through.
  • Starting with your two fingers pushing into the Linea Alba just below the sternum – Nod your chin and lift your head a little off the ground. Do not try and engage your abdominals – leave them relaxed.
  • Can you push fingers? Is there room to add a finger or two? If so repeat exercise with the additional fingers.
  • Less than two fingers is considered normal – two fingers or more and this is considered significant and dysfunctional.
  • Move down the body repeating the exercise above for each of the following sections – a little above the belly button, on the belly button, just below the button and just above the pubic synthesis.

Watch as Ali demonstrates her first self assessment after her baby.

What else can you do?

Looking after a new baby is a full on job. The core work you are doing in the program is focused on your recovery but there is a great way to compliment the core work that includes your baby.

  • Walk, walk, walk
  • Gentle slow walks at first that build to power walking a few times a week is the best form of exercise in these first weeks.
  • Gets you out of the house
  • helps your baby have a good sleep
  • sends those feel good endorphins pumping through the body.
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