Rest for the Weary

If we were to poll all you new moms out there, the vast majority of you would say that sleep deprivation is one of the hardest parts about becoming a mother. It’s probably tied for first place with the challenge of having a new postpartum body. Not only is getting exercise difficult because your bodyContinue reading “Rest for the Weary”

My OB said I can start exercising. So I did. But my pelvis feels like an alien and I pee everywhere. What do I do? Part 2 of 2.

In part 1 of this blog series, we laid out an all-too-common scenario that postpartum mothers face when they are ready to return to exercise. We discussed individual pre/postnatal considerations, risk factors, and sign/symptoms to watch for when returning to exercise. So, as promised, part 2 highlights what you CAN do in those first 3Continue reading “My OB said I can start exercising. So I did. But my pelvis feels like an alien and I pee everywhere. What do I do? Part 2 of 2.”

My OB said I can start exercising. So I did. But my pelvis feels like an alien and I pee everywhere. What do I do? Part 1 of 2.

Let’s set the stage. You’ve finally gotten to that ‘magic’ 6 week mark, and you’re excited to have your OB follow up. You know that you’re ready to keep moving on with your life (especially getting back to exercise), but you have some concerns in doing so. You definitely have questions about what to do,Continue reading “My OB said I can start exercising. So I did. But my pelvis feels like an alien and I pee everywhere. What do I do? Part 1 of 2.”

Using Pilates to Lengthen the Pelvic Floor Muscles

When we think of Pilates, we think of controlled movement patterns that work through a range of motion which ultimately come together in a gentle flow with ease and fluidity. The breath adds elements of concentration and precision in the sequencing of the movement. The practice of Pilates emphasizes mindfulness and neutral alignment in order toContinue reading “Using Pilates to Lengthen the Pelvic Floor Muscles”

The Abdominal Diaphragm: Our Body’s Secret Important Muscle

The diaphragm is a muscle that has several major roles in life but doesn’t get as much publicity as it deserves. Not only does it have an important role in respiration, but it is also vital for posture, continence, low back stabilization, and mental health (and probably at least 10 more major life functions). HereContinue reading “The Abdominal Diaphragm: Our Body’s Secret Important Muscle”