Pelvic health is a topic seldom discussed with pregnant and postpartum women. If it is discussed, the most common advice is to do many (MANY) reps of kegels every day, sometimes multiple times a day.
Unfortunately, pelvic health is a lot more complicated than a blanket prescription for kegels and an “all-clear” for exercise at the 6-weeks postpartum checkup. In some cases, kegels may actually make things worse, and in most cases, other rehab exercises will do a lot more to get things functioning well again postpartum.
As trainers we need to be as knowledgeable as possible to help fill in the informational gap left by most medical systems, and help our clients heal their bodies.
If you are a fitness or health professional working with moms, a tool to include in your practice is assessing for Diastasis Recti postpartum.
This simple assessment will give you and your clients key information on their core and pelvic health – necessary for moms to understand about their postpartum recovery and long-term health.
Get your FREE copy of the Diastasis Recti Assessment Guide here.
[5 Days to Becoming a Postnatal Fitness Specialist] Day 1: 3 Things Your Clients Don’t Know About Their Pelvic Health Post-Pregnancy
[0-3 minutes] Introduction.
[3-8 minutes] #1 – They Have Little to No Education on Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
[8-11 minutes] #2 – The Prevalence of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
[11-14 minutes] #3 – Kegels
[14-19 minutes] Q&A and Recap.
Ps. Remember to get your free Diastasis Recti Assessment Guide to start using with your mama clients (or yourself!) immediately, so you can best design postpartum workouts and treatment plans.