postpartum

Back to the Basics – A Simple Exercise Program to Help Facilitate Function and Flatten the ‘Mommy Tummy’

Moms everywhere may need to take it back to the basics to reach their fitness goals. A recent article in the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy outlines a specific abdominal retraining exercise program that helped postpartum women decrease the inter-recti distance below their belly button. In decreasing the gap, they are demonstrating better pressure management and mastering of activating the abdominal muscles efficiently so they can be strengthened effectively. This will avoid putting outward pressure on the abdominal wall which inevitably prevents losing the mommy tummy. A little bit of patience and a lot of committed mindfulness for technique can go a longs way.

Mom playing on floor with baby

Tummy Time for Mom and Baby

Most are familiar with the recommendation, “back to sleep, tummy to play”. The time your baby spends on his or her tummy is essential for developing the muscles of his or her neck, back, and shoulders in order to meet important motor milestones. What can you do to help your baby succeed at enjoying playtime on his or her tummy while giving yourself some much needed self-care at the same time? This blog covers ways for you to strengthen your own muscles while encouraging your baby to do so too during tummy time together.

Criteria for Return to Running Postpartum — It’s Not Just a Matter of Time

By meeting the guidelines outlined in this post, you are more like to be successful at achieving a safe and effective return to physical activity in the postpartum period. There’s nothing magical about being 6 weeks postpartum. Specific test and measures and signs and symptoms should carry the majority of the weight when considering when to return to running after pregnancy.

The Big Three Ways to use a Foam Roller to Improve Your Posture

Are you a new mama and experiencing neck or upper back pain? The long hours you spend feeding your baby can inevitably lead to forward head and rounded shoulder posture if you aren’t mindful of your posture during this life-sustaining duty you do multiple times a day. Read on to learn three easy ways to use a simple foam roller to help keep you moving better so you can mom better…without lingering neck or shoulder blade pain!

3 Simple Strategies for Runners Who Leak

If you are one of the 50% of women who routinely experience incontinence (urine or bowel leakage) when you run, but won’t take “just stop running” as an answer, this post is for you. Learn three simple strategies you could try by being more aware of your body’s posture and function next time you hit the trail or treadmill.

What is the Pelvic Floor?

Pelvic floor 101. What is it? Where is it? What does it do? Everything you want to know about the pelvic floor and why you should care about it as a mother who has been pregnant or delivered a child either vaginally or by c-section.