Abdominal muscles after child-bearing. What do physios advise for getting your abs back post-pregnancy and in the later years? Loss of abdominal and pelvic floor muscle strength post pregnancy can persist for years after child bearing. Hip/back pain, overall muscular weakness, and stress incontinence are very common issues as a result. These changes can vary in severity and time. Whether you are a first-time mother or a mum of teenagers, with persistent abdominal/core muscle weakness, these issues can come in all shapes and sizes with varying backgrounds!
A quick example of “beginner’s” exercises can be seen in this short video:
Whilst there are currently many free resources available on the internet (such as the video linked above!), each individual’s situation can vary widely. Depending on your condition even certain exercises can make things worse. If you’re not sure if you have an injury you might want to start as small and slow as possible, and perhaps consider being evaluated by a chiropractor. You might have already tried exercises like these and either are not getting a result, find the exercises are too basic, or even too painful. If so, then an assessment by a qualified health professional is strongly recommended, check out Functional Medicine Associates for natural help.
All our physiotherapists and chiropractor at Action Harpenden are trained to assess you and guide you through the entire process, and are able to provide treatment and individual Pilates exercises. If this is something that you need help with to get back to your work, your training, or even just to be pain and hassle-free, contact our team at Action Harpenden and we would love to help you!
Top tips when exercising:
- Little and often
- Less is more
- Exercise at the correct level of ability, as getting that wrong can cause more harm than good!
- Its never too late
- Its never too far gone