Shawnda is trained to help with a variety of common pregnancy related issues but there are a few that are commonly asked about. Here are a couple of basic explanations to help you:

What is Diastasis Recti?

Diastis Recti is a thinning or weakening of the connective tissue (linea alba) separating the left and right rectus abdominus muscles which causes them to sit further apart from one another: a natural part of the process your body goes through during pregnancy. As your belly grows and expands, it makes more room for your baby!

However, the severity of the separation differs from one women to another. If you have separation of your abdominal muscles, it can be just fine. And your core could be functioning well if your connective tissue is strong and taut, and if it can gain good tension when you need to use your core muscles.

You will know your DR is healing when you feel strong tension under your fingers as you press into your belly when you do your core and floor connection breath.

If you feel squishiness or you can press down easily into the belly while doing the connection breath then more strengthening is needed. Be patient moms!

I will help you work on your connection breath to ensure that your core and pelvic floor are functioning together to stabilize your core during your strength-training activities.

For more information on Diastasis Recti, you can read an article from Girls Gone Strong by clicking here:

Or watch this informative video:

What is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?

When it comes to Pelvic Floor Dysfunction the symptoms can range from slightly embarassing to downright debilitating. Some women may experience incontinence (urine/fecal), prolapse (bladder/uterine), pelvic pain, back pain or painful sex.

The pelvic floor is a combination of muscles, ligaments and tissues that act like a hammock to support organs, such as the bladder, uterus, vagina and the rectum in the lowest part of the pelvis. The pelvic floor prevents these organs from falling down or out of the body and helps make sure that they are functioning properly. When these muscles get weak, stretched or torn during pregnancy or childbirth it puts women at a greater risk for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction.

These can be common issues and a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist will be instrumental in helping connect you with what’s happening in your pelvic floor. Treatment may include but may not be not limited to strengthening pelvic floor (kegels), and/or relaxation techniques (reverse kegels). For more information and help in improving your strength in this area, visit Get Kinected Fitness today.