3rd May 2016

Ever noticed just how many aches and pains you put up with?

Many of us mums have lingering ailments that we simply accept – maybe you just live with them, thinking they will get better, go away, or that exercise will fix them, a good sleep will do the trick…the list goes on.

Why do we ignore our own aches and pains? Why do we seem to think our own bodies don’t deserve the investment of time and money to get them shipshape?

Once you’ve been to see a professional who can manipulate your body back into place, or advise you on steps to take to feel better, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.

You’ll also get so much more out of your training if you are more aware of how your body is functioning as a whole and what you can do support it more.

If you’ve had a baby in the last year or so, here are a few areas that are worth giving some TLC to, you might be surprised at how good you finally feel once you do.

Pelvic floor

A weak pelvic floor can cause various problems. Even if you don’t have any of the obvious signs, such as leaking urine or an uncomfortable, bulging sensation, there’s still a chance that a weakness in those muscles can cause aches and pains. If left untreated, a weak pelvic floor can lead to more serious health problems such as prolapse so it’s worth finding out how yours is doing.

Your GP should check, or at least ask you about how yours feels at your 6 week check. But if you are concerned you can ask to be referred to a specialist at any time. Or you can find a private women’s health specialist. If you have any symptoms of weakness, it’s definitely worth being assessed before upping the impact levels of your fitness routine.

Abdominal separation

We covered this here, but it’s worth mentioning again. You might not realise there is a problem with your tummy muscles – but if there is and you have no idea, you could do yourself more damage. As we have covered before, this is known as diastasis recti. It’s when the abdominal muscles come apart as your bump grows, then do not knit back together after baby is born. This can cause weakness, lead to a pouch, or slightly sticking out tummy and mean more back ache. Traditional stomach muscle exercises can cause more harm as they push the muscles apart, rather than help to pull them back together.

So, if you’re determined to shift that jelly belly, you could do yourself a big favour by getting your abdominal muscles checked. We check them at our Post-natal Restore classes or one-to-ones and practice exercises to help switch those muscles back on and gently strengthen them. A professional check is great for putting you fully in the picture about your body and making sure you exercise safely.

Aching joints

Whether it’s the pelvis, back, shoulders or knees, aching joints can really get you down. This is probably the number one ailment we all just put up with.

Having a baby – then caring for him or her can really take it’s toll on our bodies and it’s no wonder that our joints feel the strain.

Aches and pains might signal weakness, especially in areas such as knees.

Getting any lingering discomfort checked out will hopefully mean that the pain is eased with treatment and you get on the road to recovery. This is super important when it comes exercise as you may need to be doing exercises to strengthen weak areas so that your fitness routine does not cause more strain. For joint aches and pains look for the help of an Osteopath or your GP may refer you for physiotherapy, but do ask for help if you’re suffering. If you are exercising and feel pain in any joints, stop and seek advice.

Muscle soreness

Lugging a baby around is pretty tiring. Your shoulders are sore, your arms are tired, even your butt muscles hurt sometimes, right?

So, you deserve a massage. A full on, fully body, relaxing massage. Ask for one as a present or just buy yourself one! You book yourself haircuts and other stuff so why not a massage? You’re working hard and your body needs it. Simple.

Bad posture

Yep, you know you’re supposed to sit up straight, walk tall, shoulders back and all the rest of it.

But pregnancy and babies wreak havoc on your posture, giving you bad habits that are really hard to break.

From the sheer weight of pregnancy pulling you down, to hunching and stooping while breastfeeding – it’s no wonder that post-natal posture is rarely up to scratch.

An osteopath can take a good look at how you are holding yourself these days and crucially how that is affecting your body. It can have an impact on any diastasis recti, cause back ache and shoulder strain to name a few.

A good posture analysis and advice on how to correct it could do wonders for your overall well being.

 

If you are experiencing any pre or post-natal issues you would like advice on, feel to get in touch with us, take a look at the info on the site or see if any of our classes could help you achieve your goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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