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Your Body after Pregnancy

While you may be focused initially on losing the baby weight you gained during your pregnancy, once you’ve given birth it is important to know that since your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles have been stretched and possibly damaged you will need to do specific exercises to restore these muscles to their normal function.  This is critical to prevent future back pain, incontinence, or pelvic pain syndromes. Up to 8 weeks after delivery, it is normal to feel pain in your back, hips and pelvis, and you may have difficulty controlling your bladder or bowels. Allow your body time to heal and recover from what it has been through!

After 8 weeks you should be pain free and have full control of your bladder and bowel, and you can then safely begin to gradually increase your activity level. However, if you are still noticing ongoing back, pelvic, groin, or abdominal pain, or leaking of urine, gas or stool, or bulging of your abdomen during any exercise, or difficulty doing any of your daily activities because of pain, leakage, pressure or any other abnormal symptoms, you should see an experienced Physiotherapist who can assess your abdominal and pelvic musculature and determine what is causing your symptoms. If you do have any of these symptoms, your muscles will likely need to be retrained to function properly before they can be strengthened, so avoid doing sit-ups and any other core strengthening exercises until a skilled Physiotherapist can begin treatment with you.

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  1. Posted August 8, 2014 at 12:20 am | Permalink

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