Any Mum whether they have had a baby 6 weeks, 6 months or 16 years ago, needs to move their postnatal body in a way that activates the pelvic floor, connects with the core and strengthens the glutes. There is a trend now 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 it is a massive strain on the postnatal body with many Physios seeing 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 (whether a c section or vaginal) puts a huge strain on the body.
Our bodies go through a major transformation and its 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 is very rarely internally or posture focused and 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, ache in your back or hips, a leaking vagina and pain in your knees. The effects of multiple births, lifting the babies that grow into toddlers, pushing the pram, carrying heavy shopping, an office based job and mobile phone use all contribute to the shoulders rounding, the bottom tucking under and your whole body becomes slightly tilted or twisted.
Emma is Supercharged Club’s expert in movement and exercise and she can get the floppiest core and pelvic floor strong again.
Emma’s knowledge of the body is unquestionable and 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 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 and core/pelvic floor. Sitting all day at the office can cause the shoulders to round more and put strain on the neck and back. Getting up from picking Lego off the floor can also contribute to weakening the pelvic floor muscles…. think…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.
Here’s what the ladies have said about Emma’s exercise tips on the 6-week Supercharged Club Online Mission.
“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, pelvic floor and contributes to the shoulders rounding. If the body isn’t in good alignment the pelvic floor and core can’t stabilise you therefore the strain goes into the back.