The answer is YES!
But, before I begin my rant, if you are experiencing any of the above, please seek help from a women’s health physical therapist. Please know that there is hope.
Functional exercise is SO important.
Hearing, “No you can’t do this or that…” can be very frustrating and discouraging.
My favourite quote from Julie Wiebe, physical therapist, (in the article I referenced below) is, “…if they never train them in the demand that they are preparing for…how will they ever be prepared?”
From personal experience, this is very accurate.
When I was told I couldn’t lift more than 10 pounds, run, or do push-ups it was devastating. I followed the guidelines and my symptoms were still persistent.
Once I started lifting more weights, doing push-ups, running, squatting, deadlifting, and training to meet my functional daily movements, my symptoms started to subside. I was preparing myself for my daily activities and I was becoming more in tune with my core system through piston breathing & posture in MANY different activities. (FYI, I was implementing neutral posture, piston breathing, and was in tune with my pelvic floor and transverse abs. My core system was and is balanced through rehab and practice).
As we become more educated in women’s health and fitness during pregnancy and postpartum, we are learning that doing functional movements along with piston breathing and neutral alignment are helping women down the path of recovery.
Exercise is not the enemy. It’s not what you’re doing, BUT it’s how you’re doing it. If you need guidance learning how to exercise effectively, don’t just reach out to anyone. See a pelvic floor physical therapist, take Julie Wiebe’s piston course, and seek help from a fitness professional trained in the importance of the core pressure system (i.e., ME 😏).
For further info, read this article:
Link to Julie Wiebe’s program: