Postnatal

How to Hold your Baby Without Sacrificing your Back, Abdominal Wall, and Pelvic Floor

As I babysat my new niece this week, I was quickly reminded of just how much babies love being held and rocked, like… at all times:). Constantly standing and soothing a baby can be extremely tiring and hard on a new mother’s healing body!    Often when we stand holding a baby, especially for long periods of time, we end up leaning back with our baby’s weight on our chest.  Our hips have a tendency to Read more…

Postnatal

Our Favourite Postpartum Pose

Viparita Karani / Legs up The Wall The pelvic health physiotherapist and the yoga therapist in me agree: our all-time favourite pose for postpartum women is Viparita Karani. In Sanskrit, viparita means “reversed”, “inverted” or “opposite”, and karani means “doing” or “making”.  After childbirth, I believe this is just what we need: to focus more on reversing/inverting all of the doing/making for a while!  Our bodies, minds, and spirits have collectively been very busy getting Read more…

Prenatal Workshops

Prepare Your Pelvic Floor Workshop

Pregnant?   Join us for a 75-minute workshop to prepare your pelvic floor for labour and delivery! You will learn: How to find your pelvic floor Pelvic floor activation during daily activities Kegel basics Pelvic floor relaxation Pelvic floor Delivery Prep Perineal massage techniques External ball release for the pelvic floor Pushing positions and techniques When: November 13th, or December 11th 2018 5:30pm- 6:45pm        Where: Optimum Perinatal Health inside Liv Activ A201, 1600 Read more…

Prenatal Workshops

Partner’s Workshop for Labour and Delivery

Bring your partner with you to this 75 minute workshop! You will learn: What to do in Early Labour How to Manage Active Labour Optimal Labour Positions  Optimal Breathing Techniques Tips for Partner / Labour Support Person Massage Most Effective Acupressure Points Optimal Birthing Positions When: 3rd Tuesday of each month, 5:30pm- 6:45pm        Where: Optimum Perinatal Health inside Liv Activ A201, 1600 90th Ave SW Cost: $65 per couple Register: Online at Read more…

Prenatal Fitness

Five Great Reasons to Squat While You Are Pregnant

*Squats are one of the best exercises to work on while you are pregnant!! Here are 5 great reasons why: 1. The squat is a great labour and delivery position. From a squat position, you work with gravity to help bring your baby down towards your birth canal. Squatting also helps to expand your pelvis for delivery. The more you practice, the easier they are when the time comes! 2. Squats help prepare pelvic floor Read more…

Postnatal

Next Postnatal Course Begins October 3rd, 2018

Optimum Perinatal Health – Postnatal Education and Exercise Course Bring your baby with you! Learn and practice how to recover and restore your pelvic floor, core, and general strength, form and function. Know what exercise is right for you now!  Learn how to know when you are ready to return to higher level exercise such as running after having your baby. When? Next Course Start Date October 3rd, 2018 Last day of course is November 7th, 2018 Read more…

Prenatal

Five things to know about your body when you’re pregnant

I’m a mom of four, a doula, and a women’s pelvic health physiotherapist.   I often get asked by moms why more information isn’t available about what “really” happens to your body during pregnancy.  I’ve collected some of what I would consider, very important information, that will help your body while pregnant. Five things to know about your body when you’re pregnant See a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist and have your pelvic floor, core and more Read more…

Postnatal Fitness

When can I start running again???

When can I start running again??? I’m a physiotherapist, and I am ALWAYS getting this question from new moms!  Unfortunately, guidelines are vague, and there are reasons for this! Each woman enters pregnancy with a different level of fitness, maintains a different level of activity throughout pregnancy, and has a different birth experience.  Bottom line, the answer is different for each woman. How do you know if YOU are ready? Step 1 Go for your Read more…