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After a vaginal or cesarean delivery your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles will have been hugely stretched and possibly damaged which can make it harder to get them working well again afterwards.
Your body will heal on its own but it is important for you to know what is normal and what isn’t on your road to recovery. Often your first goal may be to lose your baby weight and get your tummy tone back but sometimes certain exercise can make problems worse so it is important to know when and how to begin. QuayPhysio can help you with this. We don’t want you to make problems worse.
What is normal? 0-8 weeks after delivery
This is an important stage of healing. You must allow yourself time to adjust and take time to listen to your body.
What To Do As You Heal
8+ Weeks After Delivery
What Is NOT Normal?
If you have any one or several of these, please come and see us as these don’t usually go away on their own…
What To Do If You Have a Symptom?
None of the above symptoms are normal at this stage. If you have one or more of the above, you should;
Self Check Tests
1. Curl Up Test
Lie on your back with your knees bent. Slowly lift your head and shoulders up off the floor keeping your chin tucked in.
2. Leg Lift Test
Lie on your back with your legs straight. Lift one leg up off the ground about 2 inches.
During each test check for the following:
If any of the above occurs, come and see us for a complete assessment of your abdominal and/or pelvic floor muscles before beginning to exercise. Call us now on 01548 852 355.
What to Expect At QuayPhysio
Your Physio will provide a detailed assessment, which may include and internal examination. They will then explain their findings and work with you to develop a treatment plan (manual therapy, education and exercise) specific to your needs.
We will also advise you when you are ready to take on more activity and help you to work towards whatever goals you have be that returning to running, specific sports, hobbies or classes.
The above information has been produced by Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia. Thank you for letting us use it.