Keep Calm and Have a Baby

Royal watchers worldwide continue to admire Princess Katherine’s relaxed and natural approach to pregnancy and motherhood. She stayed active, walked tall in heels and enjoyed her royal duties until the month before her baby was due and opted for a natural drug free birth.

I was delighted to read that Kate consulted a women’s health physiotherapist, Christine Hill in London to help prepare for labour.  No doubt she’ll follow up with Christine post baby to gradually rehab pelvic and abdominal strength and stability before getting back to regular activity.

Having a baby rightly changes a woman’s body and we love Kate for appearing the next day with her ‘just had a baby tummy’. Unfortunately the all-important things a woman should know about her body post baby are not commonly known. Post birth, mums typically receive a quick check and settle back home in a haze of sleep deprived baby adoration, without much thought to their body.

The wide news coverage of the royal birth prompted the articles in this newsletter. It’s an opportunity to have the conversation about preparing for childbirth to reduce trauma to the vagina and pelvic floor. Another article discusses what a woman can expect of her body post baby and the steps to take as part of restoring and maintaining pelvic health. Also I’ve included an excerpt from Hold It Mama about a client’s story of her two vastly different births.

Every week in my clinic young mums seek treatment for loss of bladder and bowel control, abdominal muscle splits, pelvic pain or pelvic organ prolapse. Their thirst for specific knowledge prompted me to write Hold It Mama– the pelvic floor & core handbook for pregnancy, birth & beyond. Please share this information to help pregnant friends or clients realize that actions taken in pregnancy, birth and post baby help determine their lifetime control of continence and prolapse and continued sexual enjoyment.

Hold It Mama makes a great baby shower present – Princess Katherine has a copy.