These are the most body challenging times of your life.
Diastasis recti abdominis. Pelvic pain. Back pain. Pelvic organ prolapse. Incontinence.
We ache. We pain. We feel broken.
Mumma, I’ve been there.
I’ve also healed my postpartum body three times. And you can too! Regardless of where you are in your motherhood journey.
I am dedicated to YOU: the pre-conception, the pregnant, the new and the seasoned mumma up to her knees in laundry and Lego.
Helping you to live your best life, pain-free, strong and reaching your fitness goals is my passion.
I am an Ottawa-based osteopathic manual practitioner, athletic therapist and active mumma of three. While I was pregnant with my first, my passion for pre- and post-natal health and wellness bloomed. My goal is to share my knowledge and experience about pregnancy and postpartum injuries with you, so that you too can have a healthy, pain-free pregnancy, your ideal delivery and an efficient recovery postpartum.
Shauna Ironside, D.O.M.P, CAT(C)
Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, Athletic Therapist
you are strong
you are resilient
you will heal
(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.