The first six weeks after the birth of the baby, is very important time for the body to undergo repair and change. The hormone relaxin is still present within the body and therefore it is very important that new mothers’ take a measured approach to activities such as heavy lifting, sudden impact and high intensity. Ideally these activities would be considered after the 6 week period and heavy training toward the latter part of 12 weeks.
Breast feeding has been found to the time that relaxin circulates in the system, so having an awareness of one’s body with physical activity is important. The body requires more energy to repair itself after the delivery of the baby and mothers’ who are breast feeding need to pay particular attention to maintaining adequate hydration levels and energy intake.
The pelvic floor has weakened during the pregnancy due to holding the weight of the baby and undergoes stress and fatigue with a vaginal delivery. The pelvic floor muscles may also be difficult to control after a caesarean section if the abdominal wound site is painful. Pelvic floor care, positioning, lifting, feeding the baby and changing the baby are all important areas that Physiotherapy can advise, educate, prescribe exercises and present alternative strategies, so that challenging situations can be much more achievable during such an intense and overwhelming (and most likely sleep deprived) time.
Other common themes among new Mothers’ including:
- Abdominal separation (Diastasis Recti);
- carpal tunnel syndrome;
- pelvic instability;
- wound care post caesarean section;
- DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis;
- returning to work; and
- returning to sport
are some other regularly raised topics that we manage in the clinic.
If you have any questions relating to your body after the birth of your baby, or you would like to book an appointment, please contact Sophie today.