Postpartum Rehabilitation Appleton WI

Postpartum rehabilitation is a major concern for new mothers. Many new mothers are eager to get their pre-pregnancy bodies back. Appropriate exercises for right after birth are transversus abdominus strengthening and pelvic floor strengthening exercises. Gluteal stretching and hip flexor stretching may also be beneficial. Read on to learn more and to gain access to doctors in Appleton, WI who can provide more information on postpartum rehabilitation exercises.

Affinity Health Systems Inc
(920) 738-2389
1506 South Oneida Street
Appleton, WI
 
Casa Clare
(920) 731-3981
201 South Glenridge Court
Appleton, WI
 
Theda Care Behavioral Health
(920) 720-2300
1095 Midway Road
Menasha, WI
 
Winnebago Mental Health Institute
(920) 235-4910
Treffert Drive
Winnebago, WI
 
Affinity Behavioral Health
(920) 236-8570
515 South Washburn Street
Oshkosh, WI
 
Lutheran Social Services
(920) 730-1321
3003 North Richmond Street
Appleton, WI
 
Lutheran Social Services
(920) 225-1710
820 West College Avenue
Appleton, WI
 
Theda Care Behavioral Health at
(920) 729-2145
130 2nd Street
Neenah, WI
 
Nova Counseling Services Inc
(920) 231-0143
3240 Jackson Street
Oshkosh, WI
 
Behavioral Health Services of
(715) 685-5400x5408
1635 Maple Lane
Ashland, WI
 

Postpartum Recovery: Helping New Moms Get Their Bodies Back

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Pilates Classes for Postpartum Recovery

By Debbi Goodman, MSPT

The postpartum time period is very exciting for most women, but it can be very stressful as well. Women are going through the process of healing their bodies after the birth, dealing with drastic hormonal changes, and adjusting to life with a newborn. Most women are physically exhausted and may have extreme emotional swings. Regaining their prepregnancy body is often a main concern.

In order to work with postpartum clients, Pilates instructors should have knowledge about the physical transformations of pregnancy and how they impact the musculoskeletal system.∗ It is common knowledge that the abdominal muscles stretch a great deal over the course of the pregnancy, and it is our challenge to help women restore the proper length, strength and tone of these extremely important muscles.

The Postpartum Body

During the course of pregnancy, the abdominal muscles will stretch over 50% of their original length. During the fifth month of pregnancy, the majority of women will begin to notice that their rectus abdominus is no longer united in the center and has moved laterally. This is called a diastasis recti . The diastsis recti is a normal occurrence and is actually a protective response. It’s able to occur due to the hormonal softening that occurs in the body’s soft tissue structures. The rectus abdominus is a narrow muscle with less surface area to stretch, so the separation and lateral movement helps prevent excessive stretching.

After the birth, with time, the abdominal muscles will shorten due to the demands of normal activities of daily living, but without specific exercises and focus, they often do not shorten to their pre-pregnancy state. The diastasis recti, likewise, may naturally close without too much attention, but in most women, specific focus on abdominal rehabilitation is necessary to close the diastasis.

Guidelines for Postpartum Rehab
After giving birth, obstetricians and midwives generally instruct women to abstain from exercise for six weeks. This is a very vague guideline, and although the obstetric community is very knowledgeable in most aspects of prenatal and postpartum care, typically they are not well trained when it comes to dealing with the musculoskeletal system, particularly when it comes to making exercise recommendations. The six-week guideline is based on the fact that it takes about six weeks for the uterus to heal from the birth. Resuming a high activity level too quickly following the birth can impede the healing process.

However, it is unlikely that a new mother is actually going to be resting. The demands of new motherhood are quite taxing. Babies need to be fed throughout the day and night, which means new repetitive movements, whether she is breastfeeding or bottle feeding, as well as lots of sitting. Several days after the birth, the baby will need to be seen by the pediatrician. This means loading the baby into the car seat, lifting the ...

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