Tag Archives: Mom’s

Kate’s Post #Baby-Bod Tummy is NORMAL!

Royal BabyBy Marianne Ryan PT, OCS
Clinical Director MRPT Physical Therapy

This article quotes several parts of an article by Ceridwen Morris and posted on Yahoo.com

What a picture of a fairytale story come true! We all rejoiced in the birth of the first prince of this century with pictures of “a beautiful, healthy baby, a doting, proud father, and a glowing, serene mother. But wait! Look closely. When Kate passes the swaddled heir to her charming William, she reveals a real-life new mom belly. Round as a six month pregnancy. Clear as day.”

What’s up with that?

“Can anyone tell me why Kate’s stomach still looks pregnant after the baby isn’t inside her anymore? I had no idea that happened … Is it fluid or something?”

“Women are often surprised to learn that looking very pregnant is not only normal for the first few hours or days after giving birth but for weeks or more. Women have 40-50% more blood volume during pregnancy; all that excess fluid doesn’t go down overnight.  Also, the uterus must shrink back down to a fraction of the size it was during pregnancy. But it can take about a month or so.”

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What can Kate do to help her belly heal and flatten faster?

Studies have shown that compression helps to heal wounds faster, even post baby-bod bellies, but it has to be the correct amount of compression. To facilitate healing there should be enough elastic in the garment to compress the belly without pressing so hard that the garment takes over the work of the abdominal muscles.

Many of you may have seen articles written about celebrities who claim wearing very tight abdominal binders for a few months helped them to develop a flat tummy after childbirth. Nothing could be further from the truth!

As a physical therapist who specializes in treating postpartum women, I would like to give a warning that tight abdominal binders will not help to flatten your tummy; and using an abdominal binder actually weakens stomach muscles. Another problem with abdominal binders is that they create compressive downward forces which push internal organs down towards the worn out muscles at the bottom of the pelvis (pelvic floor muscles). This can lead to problems such as chronic urinary leakage and pelvic organ prolapse.

The answer to how to help heal and flatten your post baby-bod tummy is to wear a compressive garment that will help to encourage your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles to contract and to hold your organs “up and in”. So, you need to wear a garment that will offer compressive support at the bottom of your pelvis and your tummy. As I mentioned before, you need to use just the right amount of compression. “Shape wear” under garments, the ones we see advertised all over the internet, are too tight and can weaken the abdominal muscles. To date, I am not aware of a garment available on the market that I can recommend. So, for now, try using a sports top, like a yoga top, and underpants with enough elastic to give your pelvic floor support.

Ergonomic Parenting: Best Ways to Prepare or Adapt Your Nursery

“The months following the birth of a child are some of the most rewarding for new parents—and the most challenging to a new parent’s body”.

Baby LiftingHere are some great tips from an article I helped to write for the American Physical Therapy Association on how using proper body mechanics within an ergonomically friendly nursery can help ease the strains and stresses of parenting.

Click here to read the full article.

http://www.moveforwardpt.com/Resources/Detail.aspx?cid=3cb64c31-3803-4f97-b516-b87fa7e3d5db

Moms: Jogging with a Stroller? Here is How to Prevent Aches and Pains?

jogger-stroller“It has happened to every postpartum woman. You finally feel like your body is ready to get back in shape… and you decide to go on your first jog with your new baby and that awesome new jogging stroller.”

I bet you didn’t know that there are ways to prevent injuries by adjusting the way you use your jogging stroller and to make sure it is the right fit for you.

Here are a few tips to prevent injuries while getting that post-baby body back in shape:
To read more click here: http://fit4mom.com/latest/blog/safe-strides-jogging-stroller-safety-tips

Five Ways to Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy

By Mariannne Ryan PT, OCS
Clinical Director MRPT Physical Therapy

“Whether having children is in your 10-year plan or you’ve decided now is the time to start trying, it’s never too early to begin preparing your body for pregnancy. Ensure your body is ready to carry a baby by addressing before pregnancy any pain or problems associated with posture or weakness. Unfortunately, these issues can worsen during pregnancy and cause pain and dysfunction.”

Here are 5 tips to prepare your body for pregnancy:

1. Strengthen your pelvic muscles.
2. Prepare for “baby belly” by focusing on your core.
3. Take a breath!
4. Begin a regular fitness routine.
5. Practice good posture.

For more information http://momitforward.com/five-ways-to-prepare-your-body-for-pregnancy

On The Radio…Women’s Health

Marianne Radio 1By Marianne Ryan PT, OCS
Clinical Director MRPT Physical Therapy

Earlier this week both Lila Abbate and I were guests on Karen Litzy’s weekly radio show “Healthy, Wealthy and Smart” on the Talking Alternatives network.

We spent about 1 hour discussing our “niche specializations” within Women’s Health Physical Therapy.

You can listen to the interview here 
I discussed physical therapy treatment for Prenatal / Postpartum issues and Lila told us how she uses physical therapy to treat GI / Bowel dysfunctions.

We both had a blast and enjoyed spreading the word on how physical therapists are the “go-to” medical professionals for musculoskeletal problems.
A recording of the show is also available on the Talking Alternatives website and is also available as a Podcast on iTunes.
Click here to listen to the broadcast. Or click here to get the iTunes Podcast

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New Moms Need Physical Therapy: Bet You Didn’t Know That!

Posted by Marianne Ryan PT, OCS
Clinical Director MRPT Physical Therapy

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Here is an excellent article written by Ginger Garner and published in Modernmom.com:

“Pregnancy and childbirth…is exhausting and at the same time…it is transforming and beautiful…BUT when a mother does not get the physical and emotional support she needs, the effects can be devastating.

Physical Therapy after childbirth can make a women…stand strong, fit …and successfully complete her birthing experience so that she feels…wholly healed.

One of the many fields of specialization in physical therapy is women’s health.

I bet you didn’t know that.

That’s okay. Most doctors don’t either. Doctors are educated very little, if at all, about PT services in medical school.

Here are 4 reasons why new mom’s need physical therapy: 1. Managing Urinary and Fecal Continence, 2. Prevent Scar Tissue Adhesions & Pelvic Pain, 3. Manage Low Back Pain, 4. Wellness for Future Pregnancies and Daily Life

The sad fact is that “most new mothers will never get the Physical Therapy they desperately need after giving birth. ”  To read more of Ginger Garner’s article click here

Older Mom’s Should be Induced Early. True or False?

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Posted by: Marianne Ryan PT, OCS
Clinical Director of MRPT Physical Therapy

“Pregnant women aged over 40 should be given the option of being induced early to reduce the risks of stillbirths, says a Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists paper.”

To read more click here.