Is this a good exercise for diastasis (or insert X diagnosis: prolapse, incontinence, hip pain, low back pain, etc. )? Can you give me 3 exercises to avoid in pregnancy or post partum? Conversely, can you tell me 3 exercises that athletes should be doing during pregnancy or post partum? Is Pilates (or yoga, CrossFit, Barre, Zumba, running…you pick) good/safe/effective during or after pregnancy?
These questions speak to the premise that a particular exercise, exercise program or simply strengthening a muscle is the solution to pregnancy and post partum issues, or ANY physical issue. While exercise and strengthening are important, critical in fact. Looking at the strategy someone is using to perform an exercise….any exercise… is the path to using it to address XYZ diagnoses, and to protect and promote pelvic, musculoskeletal, and performance health simultaneously during pregnancy and into postpartum.
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