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After the birth of my second child, I thought I would return to running again when pigs fly. My 9 pound 4 ounce bundle of joy left my body unrecognizable to me. The aftermath of delivering that sweet baby became a daily source of frustration and embarrassment. Leaking urine when I sneezed or even sometimes when I simply stood up was not what I imagined motherhood looking like. To complicate things further, I felt pressure in my pelvis and learned that I had a...
We all know the benefits of regular exercise – weight control, reduced risk for many health concerns, and improved mood and sense of well being. During pregnancy, experts recommend 20 to 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise daily. Being in good physical condition can lessen the aches and pains of pregnancy, make labor easier, and speed postpartum recovery. Exercises specifically focused on your pelvic floor muscles are an important addition to your daily fitness routine. Maintaining this part of your body during pregnancy may make labor easier – after all, these are the muscles you’ll be using to...