A few months ago I teamed up with The Tummy Team to help
prepare my body for our coming birth of our daughter with their 6-week Prenatal
Core Online Course. I learned that I suck at following a fitness program but
now after finishing the course I know SO much more about my core and ways to
help me to continue to work towards a healthier core along with a better birth experience and postnatal healing.
Here are just a few of things that I learned during those 6 weeks.
1.) Belly Breathing
Because my abdominal muscles are separated
I need to do what is called, “belly breathes” to help stimulate blood
flow to those muscles. Blood flow is what is going to awaken the muscles to help them fuse back together. This
is also beneficial even if you do not
have Recti Diastasis to strengthen that
core. You need to make sure you are in a proper standing or sitting position. Breathe
out and expand your midsection then as you breathe in pull core towards your
back. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat.
2.) Active Sitting
I am HORRIBLE at sitting correctly! I also didn’t know there was a proper
way to stand either. For your core to be stabilized and proper posture while
sitting you need to be sitting on your sit bones of your bum. If you are a
dancer you will know exactly what I am meaning here but if you aren’t and
haven’t heard this term it is pretty much your butt bones. You should be able
to feel them with your hands if you tuck
them underneath to get the right position. While healing this is the best way to
strengthen and active your core when you are doing your belly breathing and
other exercising or stretching.
I used to work at Curves workout facility and when I was there I learned
just how important it is to stretch after
a workout. During this 6-week course, I learned, even more, the value of it. Did you
know that stretching allows your body to
flush out toxins? Crazy right!! Your muscles will discard all the ickies your store up during your day to day
life when you take the time to give them a little love. Mind blown.
4.) All Connected
Your core is KEY to a lot of problems that people face. Along with problems pretaining to our pelvic muscles and leaks that often happen after birth. By using everything that I learned in those 6-weeks I’m hoping that during my last 3 months I’ll be able to strengthen even more so that after birth my body has the ablility and the tools to heal faster.
I wish I could tell you everything that I learned but if you are struggling with a Recti Diastisis, a weak core and pelvic area or wanting to be better prepared for birth I would HIGHLY recommend signing up for one of their courses! The information you get can be a little overwhelming as there is so much to learn but take your time and really soak it in. I think as women it is so valueable that we know how our bodies work and how we can heal on our own when it is possible by implementing the correct excercising and care.
* I was given the 6-week course to review. All opinions are my own*