I've actually lost count of the amount of women who have said to me that "it's too late" to heal their pelvic floor after childbirth. It makes me sad and even a bit cross that we so easily accept this feeling of being "not quite as good" after babies, and don't think that we are … Continue reading Your pelvic floor – how childbirth affects it, & how you can strengthen post-birth
My new book Postnatal Pilates comes out today! And it's #1bestseller in Family and Lifestyle Physiotherapy on Amazon!! Whoop! It's your guide for trying to make yourself feel better, stronger, more supported in your motherhood graft: being a mum is physically hard work, we need to be strong for all the lifting, pushing, carrying, … Continue reading Postnatal Pilates – my new book is out now!
The six-week GP check – where you are pronounced ‘back to normal’, right? The 6-week check is an interesting experiment because it rarely scratches the surface in terms of what women need postnatally. And therefore, assuming that this check signs us off for 'normal' activities, whatever that is – is doing our long term physical … Continue reading Postnatal recovery: What to ask about at your 6-week check
Pelvic floor exercises - we know we need to do them, right? But we forget, or we skip it in favour of eating a biscuit, or we're not sure HOW to do them so we don't do them for fear of getting it wrong. Does this sound familiar? The problem is, we then fall into … Continue reading Pelvic floor exercises – am I doing them right?
Being a ‘Good Enough’ Mum There is so much pressure on us to be a 'perfect mum' - the Supermum ideal is something that hovers over us perpetually like a helicopter in pursuit of a runaway criminal. The first step in releasing your Supermum ideal is to discover what it means to you to be … Continue reading The importance of being a ‘good enough mum’
What is ‘the postnatal period’? It is not a small window of time that exists after you have a baby. It’s not a finite period when you have temporarily become a mother. It’s not a brief stop in your journey along the way. Often I’m asked by clients ‘am I still postnatal, my baby’s over … Continue reading How long am I ‘postnatal’ after having a baby?
The link between mental and physical health is inextricable, arguably. But never more so than in pregnancy and motherhood. In the second half of my talk, the case for a physio check up post birth being standard was explored - along with the acknowledgment that there is a very human flaw in pelvic floors - … Continue reading Pelvic flaws: Part 2 of my talk at the Birth trauma conference.