Pre-Post Natal Care
Taking care of your body through any stage of pregnancy pre/post is a very important step to a mother's health. When working with Lori she will help assist you not only in maintaining your current state of health but will also help in preparing your body for the birth of your baby as well as recovering from labor. Regardless of where you are in your process Pre or Post you can work with Lori at any time. Services offered for pre/post natal can be viewed below.
- Nutrition: During pregnancy it is very important to live a healthy lifestyle. However, those raging hormones at times can completely take over and then it's not so easy when those cravings take hold. Lori will discuss basic nutrition strategies with you to give relief during these trying times.
- Perineal Massage: The perineal body sits between the vagina and the anus. This is the area that can tear or OB's cut during birth to make more room for the baby to exit. Perineal massage helps prevent tearing during vaginal delivery and decreases chances of pelvic floor weakness.
- Pelvic Floor Strengthening (as appropriate)- keeping the pelvic floor strong from the beginning of pregnancy will only help after labor and delivery from suffering from urinary incontinence and prolapses.
- Core strengthening (as appropriate)- keeping a strong core will help assist in decreasing pelvic girdle pain as well as diastasis recti which is a separation that happens between the abdominal muscles. Lori will choose the appropriate exercises you should be doing for core strengthening and we should mention doing sit-ups, crunches and planks are not appropriate core strengthening exercise pre or post natal as this can lead to diastatis recti or make it worse if you already have it.
Pelvic floor Prolapse assessment and strengthening: Getting an examine post-natal for prolapses and strength of your pelvic floor muscles is always a good idea even if you are not having symptoms of discomfort or weakness. Overtime with improper lifting of your baby (especially as your baby gets heavier) and poor posture that is created with breastfeeding can lead to pelvic floor weakness and increases your chances of acquiring prolapses months after your baby is born.
- Diastasis Recti (abdominal separation): During pregnancy your abdominal muscles can split down the middle leaving a separation and causing weakness and pain. A common complaint made by women is that they still have their "baby pooch" even after loosing their baby weight. This could be a sign that you have diastasis recti and please DO NOT perform any crunches, sit-ups or planks as this will make it worse!!!
- Recovery from cesarean birth: During a C-section the fascia that connects the muscles is cut through and in most cases muscles are then just moved out of the way in order to reach the baby. Although muscles are not cut through they can still become damaged due to nerves being cut and loss of blood supply. Scars can also become painful due to adhesions that form. Lori will assess both the muscles and scar for any dysfunctions.
- Nutrition/Exercise: After pregnancy eating healthy and having the energy and time to exercise can be challenging. Not to mention having an understanding of the type of exercises that you should be performing based upon your pelvic floor strength is vital in order to avoid injury. Lori can assist you in setting up a personalized nutritional and exercise plan that is safe and will meet your needs.