Post Baby Recovery
In office, we’ll see many expecting mothers during their pregnancy, all the way up to delivery. With the changes in weight distribution, ligament laxity, overall fatigue and stress on the body, there are a number of areas that regularly need to be treated pre and post delivery. I still remember when my boss and mentor helped induce multiple patients with gentle chiropractic and light Active Release Technique (ART). It was like the body knew it was in better alignment and came to a relaxed state while preparing for what was to come.
Unlike the majority of post surgical cases we see in office, most moms are not given a formal prescription for rehab after delivery. C-section or not, giving birth is a stressful event for the body. Other than saying “don’t lift anything for 6 weeks”, there is not much direction given. This can be frustrating to new mothers as their body transitions from carrying a baby to caring for a newborn.
To find out more about returning to exercise after recovery, this article by Jessie Mundell sums it up nicely and has some great exercises listed. If you are an expecting mother or looking to get back into exercise after pregnancy, she’d be a great person to follow on Facebook and Twitter.