Welcome to my messy, joyful, and perfectly imperfect version of motherhood. I’m a nutritional therapy practitioner and certified pre & postnatal coach. I’m here to help you move through motherhood with ease!
No matter where you are in your motherhood adventure core strength is so important! A functioning core can reduce pelvic floor dysfunction, back pain, and even upper back tension, making parenting just a bit easier. We are ALL about finding ease at LWW, so we put together a simple and effective yoga sequence for core strength!
One of the biggest struggles of building core strength in pregnancy and postpartum is fear around diastasis recti, or DR for short. Friends, DR is unavoidable in pregnancy: this gap happens naturally while the body shifts to accommodate pregnancy. It is seen predominately later in pregnancy when baby is nearly fully grown and lingers through early postpartum. DR is common in postpartum women and is defined by an exaggerated gap between the rectus abdominis muscle.
Experiencing DR is not something to be overly concerned with right away. Unresolved long-term DR can make it difficult to properly engage the core, causing low back pain and pelvic floor dysfunction! Don’t stress the gap though, the most important thing is functionality of the core.
When thinking about core work you might think about doing moves like crunches, Russian twists or hanging leg raises. These movements are not the ideal way to build core strength during pregnancy or postpartum because of the type of strain they put on the core. Instead, build core strength by practicing deep connection breaths and functional core movements like those used in the yoga sequence below.
This core-specific flow can be done on its own or used as a warm-up before an exercise class/strength training.