healthy living before, during and after pregnancy.
This site is dedicated to YOU - the pregnant mumma, the new mumma and the mumma up to her knees in laundry and Lego.
these ARE the most body changing & challenging years of your life.
They really are, we just don't know it until we're in deep, and then we don't talk about it or have a clue how to fix it.
diastasis recti. pelvic Pain. Low back pain. organ prolapse. incontinence.
I am an osteopathic manual practitioner (osteo for short is A-ok) and an athletic therapist located in Ottawa, Ontario. I have a passionate interest in prenatal and post-natal women’s health. Pre- and post-natal bodies are bodies that are stretched, strained and stressed in the craziest ways! The aches, pains and injuries that come with pregnancy and motherhood are often preventable and repairable and I hope to steer you in the right direction with just the right amount of education, a healthy dose of reality and a pinch of humour. You'll find reliable advice on diastasis recti (DRA), incontinence, pelvic pain, back pain, pelvic organ prolapse, and all of the other aches and pains that come with hauling little ones around in utero and beyond.
Shauna Ironside, D.O.M.P, CAT(C)
Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, Athletic Therapist
Pregnancy. Delivery. Motherhood.
These are the most physically stressing and body altering times of your life.
(a good place to start):
Strong abs means a strong core. How often do I hear this? All. The. Time. This is equivalent to saying that a house only needs one wall of foundation, not four. Ridiculous, right? So why, despite all of the core talk over the last two decades, is there so much ambiguity and conflicting advice when it comes to our cores? Let's put on our Mike Holmes hard hats and take a proper look at your core, and understand why it is SO darn important for your overall health, beyond the glorified 6-pack.
Do your Kegels! This seems to be the pregnant woman's mantra, but are Kegels really the best thing for your pelvic floor? Your pelvic floor will undergo more stress, strain and injury than any other structure in your body during pregnancy and delivery (#ouch), but how much do you really know about this crucial part of you? It's an area that you really (reallyreallyreally) want to keep happy and healthy for years to come. Your 70 year old self will thank you.
I think I have diastasis recti, am I doomed to have mummy tummy forever? First, mummy tummy (I strongly dislike this term) does not automatically equate to a Diastasis Recti Abdominis (DRA) diagnosis, just as a flat tummy does NOT mean NO DRA. Any mummy, any tummy, can have DRA. And second, if you do have DRA, you should know that most cases can be fixed. And if you are thinking that it's too late ("the twins were born 10 years ago!"), you should know that there is still a lot you can do. This is your guide to preventing and fixing DRA.