Exercising correctly following the birth of your baby is vital not only in order to regain strength, stamina and your pre-pregnancy posture, but also to prevent strain or injury.
Pelvic floor muscle exercises are important regardless of whether you have had a vaginal delivery or caesarean section as pregnancy itself can weaken the pelvic floor muscles. Please see the Pelvic Floor pages for more information on how to rehabilitate this important muscle.
The Women’s Health Physiotherapy Service recommends Pilates exercises in order to gently rehabilitate your body following pregnancy and delivery.
Please do not attempt to do these Pilates exercises unless you have been seen by a Physiotherapist who has advised that you are safe to do them.
For some women, the abdominal muscles develop a gap as their baby grows and develops during pregnancy. This gap is given many names, but anatomically it is the Diastasis (meaning gap) Rectus Abdominis Muscle, abbreviated to DRAM. It is important to know how to measure this gap and what advice and exercises to follow in order to help reduce it.
Please see our DRAM information sheet for further information.
We run a DRAM drop-in session every week, where a specialist Physiotherapist will be able to measure your abdominal muscles, answer any questions you may have and give advice and specific exercises in order to help reduce this gap. You are more than welcome to bring your baby if you do not have childcare during this time.
Post natal DRAM Drop-in
Every Monday 2-3pm
Sports & Social Club at the University Hospital Wales
Enquiries to 02920 744385