During your pregnancy, many changes have occurred in your body to enable you to maintain the pregnancy and deliver your baby. These changes include stretching of your abdominal muscles, stretching and potential weakening of your pelvic floor muscles and hormonal changes to soften your pelvis and its ligaments. After the delivery of your baby whether that be vaginally or by cesarean section, the abdominal and pelvic floor muscle tone are reduced (especially in vaginal deliveries) and the hormonal changes can continue to impact the soft tissue structures after birth. These factors can commonly combine to cause low back pain, pelvic pain, leakage of urine (incontinence) and pelvic/ vaginal heaviness or bulge (pelvic organ prolapse).
Tummy time builds head, neck and upper body strength, it will help your baby to develop skills they need to crawl, roll over, sit up and begin to stand. Your baby will naturally start trying to lift her head to see what is going on around her, but she won’t be able to hold her head up for long periods of time until she is around 3 or 4 months old.
If you’re a running athlete, veteran or beginner, then you are probably familiar with the dreaded condition known as ‘shin splints’. The incidence of this condition has been reported between 4% to 35% of military personnel and athletes. However, what is actually the cause of your pain? Shin splints or a bony stress reaction?