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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.

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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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.

Constipation During Pregnancy and Postpartum

tn_good mommy tummy 2x3“Constipation is so common that it’s rare for new moms not to experience it”

Wondering when you’ll start to experience constipation? Which foods pack the most fiber and how much do you need?

For the full article click here

How big is your baby?

shutterstock_1562179 Pregnant MassageI was using some manual physical therapy on a lovely patient earlier today who was very excited about her recent visit with her obstetrician. She was told that her baby was now about the size of a lemon.
So, Moma how big is your baby at the moment?
The size of a Poppy Seed? a Prune? or an Avocado?

Here is a great size cart from the Bump. Click Here

PS Tell us if you ever heard of a jackfruit?

Cocoa Butter Prevents Stretch Marks: Really?

shutterstock_64893337Pregnant women all around the globe aptly apply cocoa butter all over their bodies during pregnancy to prevent developing stretch marks on their tummies, breasts and thighs.

WELL, LADIES, STUDIES SHOW YOU ARE WASTING YOUR TIME…

A very large study performed by dermatologists and obstetricians was published in 2008. It followed 175 women and found that after months of slathering gobs of cocoa butter still developed stretch marks. Some women even developed acne from too much cream. (ref. 1) On the brighter side, an alternative cream containing vitamin E was found to be more effective in the war against developing stretch marks. So if you want to prevent stretch marks, try using a cream with ALPHA TOCOPHEROL (a form of vitamin E) instead of cocoa butter based creams. (ref. 2)

Note: Before using any creams during pregnancy please discuss it with your midwife or doctor.

Ref: 1. BJOG. 2008 Aug;115(9):1138-42.,Cocoa butter lotion for prevention of striae gravidarum: a double-blind, randomised and placebo-controlled trial., Osman H, Usta IM, Rubeiz N, Abu-Rustum R, Charara I, Nassar AH., Department of Health Behaviour and Education, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon.

2. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2000;(2):CD000066., Creams for preventing stretch marks in pregnancy., Young GL, Jewell D.,
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6 Signs Kate Middleton Might Really Be Pregnant

To read more on the latest internet scoop:

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Do you think she is going to use a Midwife?

How about, do you think she will have prenatal and postpartum physical therapy?