Preparing for the birth of a child is one of the most exciting times in life! It can also come with a lot of anxiety and unknowns for some parents, especially with the first child.
Doctor visits and ultrasounds are to make sure the pregnant person and the unborn child are healthy, but there isn't much more the doctor is teaching the parent-to-be. Oftentimes we feel rushed at doctor appointments and don't get all of our questions answered.
In the postpartum period moms are given even less information! They are also told that everything is "normal." It's normal if you have pelvic pain, a bulging belly and your bladder is leaking. That may be normal for a short period of time, but that doesn't have to be your new normal forever, but your doctor probably isn't explaining that to you.
If you haven't already, download my free resource for preparing for pregnancy. Just click on the image and it will take you to the information.
These are just a few tips to think about. If you want to learn more specifically how to optimize your pelvic floor for delivery and recovery, then get this video from my website. It is nearly an hour full of information on pelvic floor specific birth prep and optimal recovery. Here is a preview:
If you don't want to watch the preview (I don't always want to watch videos, sometimes I prefer to just read and keep going) here is a summary of what you will learn. Clicking on the image will connect you to the video for purchase.
If you already had your baby and you want to start exercising again but don't know what is safe I made this 20 minute downloadable video that focuses mostly on core exercises and teaches you how to connect with the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles and engage them properly. This is safe to start immediately postpartum, at least with the first few exercises, and progress through as you feel able.
Here is the preview video:
You can download the video here: https://www.rechargetherapy.com/members-only-videos
I know pregnancy and early postpartum can have a lot of unknowns, a lot of outside societal or family pressure, and can also feel very isolating. I hope these resources can give you some guidance and peace of mind.
If you aren't pregnant or postpartum I bet you know someone who is. I would love for you to share this blog and these resources with them.
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