This article first appeared on Go Mum! Fitness as a guest blog I was asked to do.
As women’s health physios, we are often asked “when can I return to high impact exercise? “ Expectations of the media, celebrities and social media would suggest that new mums can do no right – everyone is telling you how you should do every thing from birthing your baby to what you should look like afterwards!
Many women feel they have to do high impact workouts in order to build up a sweat, get fit, burn fat and lose baby weight. However, high impact exercise is a common cause of Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), or wetting yourself when you exercise/cough/sneeze, particularly in post natal women.
Interestingly, one of the main independent risk factors for SUI after having a baby is BMI, or body mass index – the amount of fat your body carries. Postnatal depression is also common, and SUI can be one of the triggers. So it totally makes sense that we exercise after having a baby; but does that leave us between a rock and a hard place?
Well the WHFS summit is over and done in a flash.
What did I do?
As bronze sponsors for the event I spent a few minutes telling everyone about our company and what we do...
Who did I meet?
I had the pleasure of meeting in person, my colleague, the beautiful Heba Shaheed of The Pelvic Expert who did her first ever presentation at a conference as part of The Platform which Mish created specially to allow first time presenters an opportunityto share their knowledge. Heba is a women's health physio in Sydney and spoke about The Tight Hypertonic Pelvic Floor.
Last time we talked about the importance of the pelvic floor muscles and their role in supporting the pelvic organs and helping to prevent or reduce pelvic organ prolapse.
This can’t happen without a little help from the pelvic floor’s friends – the other core muscles. “The core” is often quite misunderstood. Physiotherapists often see people who are very sure they are doing the correct action.
I can do 100 crunches!! how can I be doing it wrong?’
When first faced with a diagnosis of breast cancer the uppermost thought is treatment, not consequences.
Initial treatment and ongoing management are the most important considerations but what happens once you are through these stages?
Your hair is growing back, you are regaining confidence and vitality, you have adapted to whichever choice you have made for replacing your breast…..and you are now feeling more like resuming your intimate relationships but here can be where some of the consequences of treatment for breast cancer are experienced.