We work in the womens’ health world and have clients who regularly come to us for advice and guidance, many being moms. It doesn’t take long to see common themes. On one side of the spectrum we see moms who are looking to ‘get in shape’ and ‘lose the weight’ and on the other side we see those that are terrified to move because they are so confused with all of the information out there on what NOT to do.
In speaking with our clients, we know that moms take some time to heal, rest and wrap their heads around having a baby and when they feel ready (whether this is 3 weeks or 3 years after their baby is born), they start back at exercise. The problem we see is that women jump into activities that their bodies aren’t ready for.
There are many exercise options out there marketed towards moms; running groups, bootcamps, mom and baby yoga, stroller fitness and the list goes on. For many women, these can be a great option. The problem is that there are so many moms out there that don’t want to be at these classes or even walk around the block because they leak, they feel like their insides are falling out, or something hurts. Most often the reason for these problems is poor core strength stemming from pregnancy and delivery. Although pregnancy is such a miracle and a beautiful thing our body goes through, it changes things! Our core muscles (which include the pelvic floor) are stretched, weak and often injured or damaged. Since our core muscles are meant to be the foundation or anchor for our body, when they aren’t working properly, things break down and that’s when you notice symptoms like leaking, prolapse, back pain, pelvic pain.
We quickly noticed that there is a gap in care for the postnatal mom who wants to get back to activity and by activity we mean anything from marathon running and weight lifting to gardening and playing with your kids.
We recognized that there needs to be some information and guidance out there that takes moms from the healing phase into the activity of their choice. We needed to create a program that would not only educate moms on the pelvic floor and its role as part of the core muscles, but also how to fire up those muscles after all they have been through. We needed to start safely, slowly and in a smart way.
She is determined to change the “get your body back” mentality to a focus on strong & healthy moms.
This is Amy, many know her from @moga_moms. As a personal trainer, she saw too many women pushing too hard, too fast. Amy, herself, had gained over a hundred pounds during her pregnancy, was in pain and had diastasis.
Through her own personal journey and clinical experience, she recognizes there needs to be more quality information for new moms.
This is the powerhouse behind our program. Melissa, pelvic health physiotherapist, is dedicated to Women’s health. Melissa struggled with leaking, diastasis and multiple injuries while trying to get back to her active lifestyle.