Any Mum needs to move their postnatal body in a way that activates the pelvic floor. For every mum, whether you had a baby 6 weeks, 6 months or 16 years ago, it’s vital that you connect with the core and strengthens the glutes.
There is a trend to get back straight into fitness after having a child, to return to HIIT-type training and run a 10k by the time the baby is a few months old. Whilst this is amazing for fitness levels and I applaud the motivation some new mums have, it is a massive strain on the postnatal body. Many Physios see this as the cause for an increase of Pelvic floor issues as well as posture related aches and pains often caused by poor alignment.
Carrying a baby and giving birth puts a huge strain on the body
Our bodies go through a major transformation and it’s often left up to us as exhausted, busy and often overwhelmed Mums to learn to reconnect with our pelvic floor and core. The 6-week check-up rarely includes an internal examination, even for those of us who had an episiotomy, or check on our posture. Whilst the strain of childbirth may not be evident straight away, over the years you may start to feel and see a strain on the body.
You may feel aches in your neck, back, hips, or knees – or even have a leaking vagina. A mum’s body may suffer the effects of multiple births and the demands of everyday life – lifting the babies that grow into toddlers, pushing the pram, carrying heavy shopping, working in an office at a desk all day, excessive mobile phone use, etc. This contributes to the shoulders rounding, the bottom tucking under and your whole body becomes slightly tilted or twisted.
Emma can get the floppiest core and weakest pelvic floor strong again
Emma is an expert in movement and exercise and her knowledge of the body is unquestionable. Her unique teaching style makes the exercises fun and achievable – even to the busiest of ladies. Emma uses a lot of analogies to get you to really feel and understand the body and understand how to get even the laziest muscles fired up again.
Emma says “There is no point activating the muscles just in an exercise class situation. You need to focus on your muscles and how you move your body during daily activities. Moving from a seated position to a standing position can put strain on the back, core and pelvic floor. Getting up as you pick Lego off the floor can contribute to weakening the pelvic floor muscles. How many times a day do you do these mentioned activities?
Emma will have you moving better, activating those core muscles like never before and get you looking taller and slimmer without even having to lose any body fat! Emma isn’t telling you to stop your favourite type of exercise. Emma just encourages you to get the best results out of your precious time.
What mums say about Emma’s exercise tips as part of her programmes
“It’s only week 3 and a work colleague (who doesn’t know I am on the Supercharged programme asked me if I have lost weight!!!…I haven’t yet but I know it’s because I am standing and sitting better. I’m also loving that I can do some of the stretches in my working day as having twins at home limits my time to do exercise” – Kate, Mama to 2-year-old twins
“I love running and before the online programme I wasn’t aware that running was contributing to my neck pain. I took Emma’s advice and purchased a foam roller and I can’t believe the difference already. Now me and my partner argue about whose turn it is to lie on the roller!” – Clova, Marathon runner
“I have been doing Body Pump classes for years and have never felt a squat in my bottom, thanks to Emma’s bum exercises my glutes are now firing up and I’m starting to notice a difference in my bottoms tone…seems I had been doing it wrong for years!” – Lily, Mother of 2
“Thank you, Emma, I have finally connected with my pelvic floor. Before doing Supercharged I was convinced I needed an operation. I’ve been following Emma’s pelvic floor, core and posture advice for 6 weeks and I can really feel the difference. I can’t believe how much more Emma has taught me. I have been doing Kegels for years and finally I am doing them the right way” – Berri, Mother of 3
How do you sit when working or watching the tv?
How you carry your child affects your whole posture. Holding the child on one side results in one glute often being weaker than the other. The hips become hitched and often results in a rotation of the upper body.
Carrying your child like this puts a strain on your back and pelvic floor – and contributes to the shoulders rounding. If the body isn’t in good alignment the pelvic floor and core can’t stabilise – and the strain goes into the back.