It is such a pleasure to help women during and after pregnancy.
Exercising through pregnancy offers a multitude of benefits. It is a time of great change, both physical and psychological. The body needs extra care and consideration when training during pregnancy. Importantly, the training needs to be tailored throughout the pregnancy.
Many pregnant women are surprised to learn how much they can actually do under the right guidance. The rewards are many:
- A greater sense of well-being
- Improved posture
- Preparation for birth, including increased stamina
- Better oxygenation for mother and baby
- Reduction of backaches, and
- Reduced fatigue
After childbirth, the right approach to exercise is important to recover and rebuild strength.
During childbirth, almost 80% of women experience the separation of the abdominals (Diastasis Recti). This happens because the superficial abdominal muscle (Rectus Abdominus) separates to accommodate the baby. The gap is normally 2-5cm but can be up to 10cm.
If the separation is not dealt with properly, the muscles may never return to where they should be (i.e. a gap of less than 2 cm). This can give the mother issues including back problems, abdominal pain, and even pelvic problems.
Some exercises should be completely avoided! However, by performing the correct exercises, using the correct technique, the abdominals will return to their normal appearance and regain their strength.