KNOW THY CORE
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.
GET TO KNOW YOUR PELVIC FLOOR
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.
THE REAL DEAL ON DIASTASIS RECTI
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.
Prenatal and postnatal health & wellness education website & blog, written by Shauna Ironside an osteopathic manual practitioner, athletic therapist and mother of three located in Ottawa, Canada.
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