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Belly’s Prenatal Program

One of the most physically challenging times in a woman’s life is pregnancy, labor and delivery. It is essential that a woman’s body is physically prepared for this experience. The strength and function of your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles is vital in supporting a growing baby and keeping it in an optimal position for labor and delivery. These same core muscles will aid in your rebuilding strength after delivery. Fitting into your pre-pregnancy jeans may be a goal, but if you are suffering from discomfort it can hinder your recovery.

A weak inactive core can cause common pregnancy discomforts, like; low back pain, pelvic floor prolapse, upper back pain, hip pain, sciatica, pelvic floor weakness and diastasis recti. You can help avoid these discomforts if you properly prepare then maintain the strength of your body and its core muscles with safe and effective exercises.

During pregnancy, as the baby grows, if you have a weak abdominal wall, the uterus can shift forward further stretching the connective tissue. This will place the baby at an angle instead of directly in line with the birth canal. With a strong active core, you will be able to lift the baby up and in, which will rest baby in an optimal alignment for delivery.

Belly’s Postpartum Program

diastasis imageWe Specialize in the Treatment of Diastasis…Do You Have Diastasis Recti? During Pregnancy? Postpartum? Do You Know that There are Exercises that Will Prevent Diastasis and Help Treat this Condition? diastasis poochAt Belly Fitness, we specialize in rebuilding the internal corset muscles of the body – the Transverse. This muscle is the deepest of the abdominal wall and is considered a “core” muscle. It supports our organs, improves posture, stabilizes the spine and pelvis, heals Diastasis Recti and improves intestinal function. We educate our clients how the body was designed to function and then help them correct muscle imbalances in both their everyday activities, as well as, in other fitness experiences. Diastasis is a common condition which presents as a “Mommy Belly”. Do you still look pregnant? This protruding belly can also contribute towards low back pain, a risk of hernia and overall weakness of or integrity of your “core” including your abdominal wall. If this integrity is not re-established, you will also be at risk of injury.  It is common for a diastasis to be related to digestive track issues, menstrual cycle issue, and pelvic floor problems including stress incontinence (a little pee-pee on the moon bounce, coughing, sneezing, laughing, running… hmmmm???). DR is not just an aesthetic issue, it is a “functional” issue for your body. Healing your diastasis and rehabilitating your core will affect your entire body. After delivery, closing the gap will help you have a flat belly, a smaller waist and alleviate common aches and pains, like those associated with back and hip problems.

“My belly just isn’t the same since birth. I THINK I have Diastasis”. – E.R., first time mom

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