The Postnatal Core
YOUR ABS AFTER BABY AND THE ONLY WAY TO LOSE YOUR MOMMY TUMMY.
One of the major concerns for postnatal women is losing their mommy tummy. Unfortunately this is made harder than it should be with a lot of conflicting and confusing information regarding how best to recover your flat tummy.
Bodylove Pilates will answer the
Diastasis Recti/Abdominal Separation Recovery
WHAT IS DIASTASIS RECTI?
Diastasis Recti refers to the separation of the outer-most abdominal layer - your Rectus or 6-pack muscle group - along the linea alba into left and right halves.
The linea alba is the connective tissue which joins the different layers of abdominal muscles at the midline of the body – it often becomes more visible during pregnancy, but will now begin to fade in your postnatal period.
This separation is 100% normal and had to happen to make room for your growing baby. EVERY postnatal woman will have some degree of diastasis recti but this will vary greatly.
Muscles to focus on when you are Postnatal
BodyLove Pilates is all about effective, safe postnatal training – therefore our focus is on muscles that are going to be key to your recovery, build strength for your role as a new mother, tone, lengthen and return you to complete fitness – better than before!
The importance of postnatal stretching
To strengthen correctly – we must also always release and stretch!
Your posture as postnatal woman will largely be affected by the habits and conditions of your prenatal posture. During your pregnancy, the body goes through extensive changes - making room for the growing baby. These changes greatly affect the natural curves of the spine and thus your posture.
Now that you are postnatal you have to focus on correcting the prenatal postural issue as well as addressing others that arise from new mother-hood - The many hours spent breast/bottle feeding, child carrying and staring at the gorgeous creature you have just birthed.
There is not enough talk about what happens to your hormone levels after you have given birth. As postnatal women we are often left in the dark not fully understanding the immediate changes that occur after labor and the dramatic affect this has on us.
When you are pregnant we talk a lot about hormones and that for the most part they increase in production for many wonderful reasons:
- changing and preparing our bodies for the pregnancy ahead