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Mums Deserve More: Why Postnatal Rehab is ESSENTIAL, Not Optional

Motherhood is a whirlwind, a beautiful and demanding journey that leaves many of us feeling like superheroes… with bodies feeling like they’ve been through a superhero battle. But amidst the nappies, feedings, and endless cuddles, it’s crucial for mums to prioritise their own well-being, and that includes postnatal rehabilitation.

As an online osteopath, I see firsthand the impact childbirth has on a woman’s body. I’ve also got two children and I’m currently pregnant with our third, so I have personal experience of the physical demands of pregnancy, delivery and early motherhood.  There are a range of musculoskeletal issues that can (and frequently do) arise, including:

  • Pelvic floor dysfunction: Weakening of the pelvic floor muscles, leading to bladder leakage, pain during intercourse, and prolapse.
  • Back pain: From postural changes, to a weakened core, and then carrying a growing baby, lower back pain is a common complaint.
  • Neck and shoulder pain: Feeding, soothing and holding your little one often lead to tension and pain in these areas.
  • Diastasis recti: Separation of the abdominal muscles, which can contribute to back pain and weakness.

Why is postnatal rehab so important?

It’s not just about regaining your pre-baby body (although that’s a bonus!). Postnatal rehab is crucial for:

  • Improving your quality of life: Addressing pain, discomfort, and functional limitations allows you to enjoy motherhood more fully.
  • Preventing future problems: Early intervention can help prevent chronic issues like pelvic floor dysfunction and lower back pain down the line.
  • Strengthening your body: Targeted exercises help regain core strength, improve posture, and increase energy levels.
  • Boosting your mental well-being: Feeling good physically can have a positive impact on emotional well-being and reduce postpartum depression risk.

Studies supporting the importance of postnatal rehab:

  • A 2021 study in the Journal of Women’s Health found that a supervised exercise program for postpartum women significantly reduced low back pain and improved physical function.
  • A 2020 study published in BMC Women’s Health showed that pelvic floor muscle training led to significant improvements in urinary incontinence and sexual function in postpartum women.
  • A 2018 study in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology demonstrated that a personalised exercise program helped prevent diastasis recti and improve core strength in postpartum women.

The best part? Postnatal rehab doesn’t have to be overwhelming. With the convenience of online consultations and personalised programs, you can prioritise your well-being from the comfort of your own home.

Here’s how I can help:

  • Virtual consultations: We can discuss your concerns and develop a personalised rehab plan tailored to your needs and recovery stage.
  • Pelvic floor assessments: I can assess your pelvic floor strength and guide you through safe and effective exercises.
  • Tailored exercise programs: I can provide specific exercises to address your pain points, improve posture, and regain strength.
  • Education and support: I’m here to answer your questions, offer guidance, and help you navigate your postpartum journey with confidence.

Remember, mums, you deserve to feel your best. Don’t wait for pain or discomfort to become chronic. Prioritise your well-being with postnatal rehab, and embrace the journey of motherhood feeling strong, empowered and ready to take on the world (with your little one in tow, of course!).

Contact me today to schedule your online consultation and start your journey towards a healthier, happier you!

Disclaimer: This blog is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice in itself. Always consult with your healthcare professional before starting any new exercise program.


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