Postpartum | Postnatal Fitness Calgary
Postnatal Fitness, Postnatal Personal Trainer, Mom & Baby Fitness Class, Pelvic Floor Training, Diastasis Recti Exercise
We recognize that once you have had a baby, you remain postpartum until the next major hormonal change - menopause. Your body goes through many changes during pregnancy, and recovery isn't automatic. We want you to be active, and can help you transition into a full exercise program safely, no matter how long ago you had your baby.
Congratulations! You are a mom!
Your body has undergone substantial changes and stresses, and now that your baby is here, it is time to allow your body to heal.
Your body will take 4 to 6 months or longer to heal from pregnancy and birth. The first 8 weeks are critical for optimal healing; during this time, Diastasis Recti Abdominus (abdominal separation), a condition that all women develop to some degree by the end of their pregnancy, will heal naturally. However, in nearly 40% of postpartum women it does not heal and their separation will remain unchanged forever without appropriate exercise training.
More than just a “mommy tummy”, Diastasis Recti Abdominis (DRA) causes functional changes in the body that may lead to pelvic floor support dysfunction - 2 out of 3 women with DRA also have Pelvic Organ Prolapse or Stress Urinary Incontinence.
Postpartum Return to Exercise
Ideally, a better recovery and safe return to fitness begins before or during pregnancy. Our Prepare to Push program is designed to help you do just that!
If you didn't prepare, there are still steps you can take to optimize your recovery:
- First, you can support optimal recovery in those crucial first 8 weeks postpartum with belly binding. A belly binder can help to support your internal organs and your back while your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles are healing.
- Next, you can book a Peri-Natal Activity Screen to find out how well your pelvic floor and core are functioning, and how well your body is moving, to see if you are ready to start being more active.
- Our Professional Kinesiologist, Kim Magotiaux, has specialized training in treating and training women with common postpartum issues - diastasis recti (abdominal separation), incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, or pelvic girdle pain. She can determine if you need to work with her 1-on-1 with Pelvic Floor & Core Exercise Therapy, or you need to be under the care of a women's health physiotherapist, or have at least 1 session to determine a personalized treatment plan.
- Finally, you can ease into a regular fitness routine by starting our Active Moms Classes! We have a strategic training system that allows us to cater to all levels of postpartum recovery and fitness levels! The initial focus is on re-training and then re-strengthening your deep core muscles: pelvic floor, transversus abdominus, diaphragm and multifidus. Learning how to activate and co-coordinate the deep core muscles will help to protect your internal organs, support your pelvis and back and help you regain strength more rapidly with a solid foundation in place. Once you have restored function and form of your pelvic floor and abdominal wall, you can ramp up the intensity and impact safely - with guidance of our Professional Kinesiologist!
Our Kinesiologist is an expert in postnatal fitness. Kim has extensive education in Prenatal & Postnatal Fitness, and since 2003 has helped thousands of women safely transition into a full exercise program after having a baby.