Having a baby changes your body. Some things may never be quite the same again, but other changes don’t need to be permanent.
You can tighten your tummy with exercise, for example, and any weight you’ve gained will gradually drop off if you eat healthily and exercise.
It won’t happen overnight but it’s certainly possible with the right guidance.
Gemma, one of our coaches here at Realfit and is pre and post-natal qualified and here to help you get back into shape safely.
Physical problems after pregnancy
Some women have physical problems after having a baby.
These can be related to pregnancy or birth, problems with your bladder and pelvic floor are very common.
Back pain can occur from weak abdominals and the way you carry or lift things after child birth. This can often be helped by exercise and learning to look after your back.
Separated stomach muscles (diastasis recti)
It’s common for the two muscles that run down the middle of your stomach to separate during pregnancy. This is sometimes called diastasis recti.
The amount of separation varies from one woman to another. It happens because your growing womb (uterus) pushes the muscles apart, making them longer and weaker.
Most women don’t notice any problems as their stomach muscles separate in pregnancy. But you might notice a bulge developing down the front of your bump, above and below your belly button.
After you have had your baby, you can check the size of the separation with this simple technique:
• Lie on your back with your legs bent and your feet flat on the floor.
• Raise your shoulders off the floor slightly and look down at your tummy. Using the tips of your fingers, feel between the edges of the muscles, above and below your belly button. See how many fingers you can fit into the gap between your muscles.
• Do this regularly to check that the gap is gradually decreasing.
The separation between your stomach muscles will usually go back to normal by the time your baby is eight weeks old. If the gap is still obvious at eight weeks, the muscles may still be long and weak. This can put you at risk of back problems.
Have a word with your health visitor or GP if you are worried. Gemma can also show you some safe and effective pelvic floor and deep stomach muscle exercises that can help to reduce the size of the separation between your stomach muscles. It’s also important to stand up tall and be aware of your posture now you’re no longer pregnant.
If you have any questions regarding the above information or would like to find out about any of the classes Gemma runs for new Mums and babies then please contact us.
Or are you currently pregnant and looking for some safe 1:1 sessions to help keep you active throughout your pregnancy.
Just get in touch at Realfit St Neots and we will be happy to help.
Our Mum & Baby sessions are as follows:
Riseley – Tuesdays at 1.30pm
St Neots – Thursdays at 1.30pm
CALL TODAY ON 01480 219272 OR 07864 364037 TO BOOK YOU PLACE.