We work with a lot of new moms in our clinic, many of whom have specific concerns about post-partum care and recovery. Chiropractic care is an important element to recovery, but gentle postpartum exercise can be helpful to regain muscle tone. Before beginning any exercise routine, especially after birth, we recommend consulting with your doctor or chiropractor to see if it would be suitable for you.
“Run, jump and play – but not too soon after baby arrives.
I have watched my partner, friends and clients struggle with loss of muscle tone, strength and core stability postpartum. Organ prolapse, diastasis and an overall weak core and low back are among the more common concerns faced by new moms.
Although exercising is important, jumping into high impact exercise like crossfit, bootcamp, jogging, jumping, crunches, planks and heavy weight training too soon after having a baby could cause more trouble than they are worth.
Learning a few basic exercises that you can do at home is an ideal way to get your body back on track. Caring for your newborn is a big job in and of itself but building a solid foundation and improved core stability is an important step in preparing the body for more strenuous and challenging exercises and movements in the future.
Carrying a baby, giving birth and then starting the recovery process is a life changing experience; physically, emotionally and mentally. Witnessing this first hand, I saw the need for some guidance around strengthening, muscle toning, self-care and basic nutritional guidance.”
Kristy Ware is a personal trainer from Strength and Soul Wellness, a training company based out of the Vancouver area. Kristy’s recently published e-book for new moms is titled “Postpartum Core Toning & Strengthening” where she explains a variety of common postpartum issues such asdiastasis recti, organ prolapse and incontinence as well as what movements support women so they can strengthen the areas of their body that need it most; the low back, legs, hips and core. The very foundation of movement begins in the center of our body and your core strength sets the stage for all other activities and your ability to carry them out injury free.