Postnatal Exercise Classes Give You Back Your Body

Caroline Kohl, Master of Physiotherapy

Strengthen up

During pregnancy your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles have been stretched considerably. The majority of women have what is called a rectus diastasis which is parting of the abdominal muscles in the middle. They have to heal and grow back together. It is essential to give the body time to heal for the first 6 weeks after giving birth. 

However, you can support your body best by strengthening your abdominal muscles any time from 6 weeks after the birth. It's never too late to start.

Doing the right exercises helps to deal with the additional strain of lifting and carrying your baby. Class details here.

Stop incontinence

Throughout your pregnancy and especially during birth your pelvic floor muscles have stretched enormously. They might have torn or even been cut. This weakens them considerably. 

It is important to start doing pelvic floor exercises as early as possible (while you are still in hospital). This helps the pelvic floor to heal and reduces little leaking accidents (e.g. when sneezing, coughing or laughing).

Continue daily pelvic floor exercises to avoid incontinence later in life. Here are some crucial tips and basic exercises.

Regain your body shape

Pregnancy poses a huge strain on your body. You are feeding your baby during pregnancy and after. Hormonal changes lead to softening of the ligaments. Additionally your skin and muscles are stretched enormously. 

With a little help in our postnatal exercise classes, your body will return into a great shape much more quickly.

Avoid back pain

Having a baby means bending and lifting. Feeding your baby also puts a lot of strain on your back. Your abdominal muscles are weak and thus struggle supporting your back. You are therefore prone to discomfort  or even back pain.

The right exercises can eliminate that. A few tips on how to lift and care for your back will help you to avoid back pain.

Increase flexibility

During pregnancy you have not used your body in the way you used to. This invariably leads to some stiffness. Being flexible will make it easier for you to play with your bub on the floor. It also feels great to be flexible.

You are welcome to bring your baby to the classes. Find out how to sign up for postnatal exercise classes.

Or contact Caroline Kohl on (07) 5474 5938 if you have any other questions.