Think of me as your pregnancy & postpartum rehab coach:
At every stage of your unique journey, I will address the impact pregnancy will have on your muscles and joints.
Since strong muscles and joints help handle the changing demands of pregnancy, it's never too early to prepare. Contact me to:
discuss your pregnancy plan and recovery goals
assess/treat any existing injuries, functional limitations and alignment issues
develop an exercise program that works for you
optimize your body and build strength
"Prehabilitation": the stronger a woman is going into labour, the sooner she can recover. While we don't know what the nature of your birth experience may be, let's keep you informed, strengthened and supported. We'll work in your first two trimesters to:
understand what to expect as the body changes, especially education regarding Diastasis Rectus Abdominus (DRA, or "split abs")
prevent and address common pregnancy related issues, including hip/glute pain and lower back pain
learn self-treatment techniques to manage aches and pains if they arise
develop and encourage realistic exercise habits for the ongoing journey, such as building your pelvic floor muscles
Pregnancy & birth
The fetus gains the most weight in the last trimester. Your body will therefore go through the most physical change during this time. Whether by vaginal or c-section delivery, leading up to your big day we will:
continue to make changes to your exercise program so that you can remain active right up to delivery day
address any aches and pains with manual therapy and massage
discuss a plan of action to address immediate postpartum issues, including incontinence and weak abdominal muscles
A C-section is a major abdominal surgery, and requires manual treatment to restore healthy tissue, as well as careful strengthening exercises for your muscles. If left untreated, complications from the event can last for years. Let's work together to create a plan for healing that minimizes the long-term impact of your Caesarian.
C-section recoveries tend to take a bit longer than vaginal births, so let's set a pace that works for you.
POSTPARTUM (0-12 months)
Although pregnancy and delivery are natural processes, the body will go through physical trauma for which intentional healing is necessary. Factors such as delivery type (vaginal, C-section), labour complications and health status will determine your speed of recovery. Taking your birth scenario into consideration, these sessions will be designed to:
correct your diastasis (DRA) by reactivating pelvic floor and core muscles
relearn proper breathing and large movement patterns
teach proper nursing and sleeping ergonomics
design home programs, including postpartum-specific strength building and self-treatment
address aches and pains from nursing, heavy breasts or general inactivity
eventual return to active living, exercise and/or sports
No babysitter? No worries. Your baby is welcome during your session.
POSTPARTUM (1-10 years...or more)
Pregnancy and labour-related injuries can stay with mothers long after childbirth. Let's identify postpartum-related causes of current injuries and treat them with manual therapy. Common issues that might trace back to your pregnancy include:
chronic low back pain or sacroiliac joint (SIJ) paint
tight hip muscles at rest or during activity, including hip flexors, groin and glutes
"strange" abdominal muscle pains which are linked to physical activity or your menstrual cycle
chronic foot pain, including plantar fasciitis
inability to "get stronger/faster" with return to sports and physical activity, despite regular training.
The most common root causes of late postpartum aches and pains are c-sections and weak abdominal muscles.
Contact me about athletic therapy, massage therapy and other personal training options for the whole family (i.e. rehabilitation for general sports injuries, post-operative rehab, customized exercise programming, etc.).
I am also available for brand partnerships, workshops, teaching and lectures/education, and corporate speaking events.