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Safely returning to activity after your baby. Stage 3


As you progress further through the postnatal year, returning to the other

activities you love can be very rewarding. High impact sports need to be

introduced gradually, so the body can adapt to the increased load. Muscular and

connective tissue strength will develop with exposure to gradual, regular

exercise loads. Cardiovascular fitness is also an important consideration as

fatigue leads to poor technique and injury. If you love running and jumping

sports, ensure you have a physiotherapy check prior to engaging in them. Your

risk of pelvic organ prolapse (descent of the organs into the pelvic floor) is

increased during the postnatal year as pelvic tissues have increased stretchiness

and can be damaged under load. A pelvic floor check can assess whether you are

at relatively low, moderate or high risk of prolapse with a few simple

measurements. Of course, if you are already experiencing back pain or

incontinence (this can be urinary, flatal or faecal), vaginal heaviness or dragging

at the end of the day treatment is a must!

Remember, stability of the spine, pelvis, abdomen, pelvic floor and pelvic organs

is a lifelong investment you’ll thank yourself for later.

Disclaimer: “The information contained on this website is generalised advice and should not be relied upon for specific circumstances. It is recommended that you consult a health professional prior to commencing any activity or treatment discussed. No responsibility will be taken for individual circumstances.”

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