Exercises for postpartum
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087: How To Improve Diastasis Recti & Aid Your Postpartum Recovery After Birth

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Being pregnant and giving birth is a dramatic time for women and taking the time to help your physical postpartum recovery is extremely important. I’ve interviewed a number of guests on First Time Mum’s Chat who’ve shared their expertise and tips on dealing with such postpartum recovery issues as pelvic floor problems, postpartum back problems and diastasis recti exercises.

This week’s guest Peter Lap has worked as a personal trainer over many years and found himself with many female clients in their 20’s. Some years ago he made the decision to specialise as a post-natal exercise expert so he could help women’s postpartum recovery using diastasis recti exercises and techniques to assist post-natal back-neck pain and posture issues. Peter found himself in the enviable situation at the time of being the only personal trainer focusing on postpartum recovery in Edinburgh, Scotland where he is located and has been featured in magazines and the UK national media.

Peter is also the host of The Healthy Post Natal Body Podcast which I was privileged to be a guest on recently and I highly recommend listening to his podcast. I’ll include a link to it in the episode show notes and I’ll let you know where they can be found at the conclusion of this episode.

In this episode you’ll hear Peter talk about:-

  • The causes of problems such as diastasis recti and how you can help relieve them.
  • The importance of breathing correctly and tips to improve your breathing.
  • Why exercising during your pregnancy can help reduce your postpartum recovery time.

And much more ….

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About Peter Lap

Peter Lap

Peter started a new career as a personal trainer 10+ years ago and found that there was one group of people completely neglected by the Health and Fitness industry…new mums!

Yes there was a lot of talk about “getting that pre-baby body back” and “getting that baby-weight off” but GENUINE post-partum recovery was completely neglected. Issues like Diastasis Recti (separation of the stomach muscles), post-partum back-pain, pelvic floor issues, posture problems etc. were routinely ignored or seen as “part of the package” that came with being a mum. And quite often they still are, even by medical professionals!

He quickly established himself as Scotland’s leading writer about this particular field and, hundreds of articles, blog-posts and interviews later.

He set up Healthypostnatalbody.com (HPNB) in response to emails from post-partum women outside his local Edinburgh area who found that expert, and affordable, post-partum care was not available in their area. In addition to this the online exercise programs available were too expensive and didn’t offer any expert support or guidance.

Peter firmly believes post-natal exercise advice should be affordable, if not free, for all. Our motto is; “It’s a right, not a privilege” and we live by that so everybody gets 3 months completely FREE access and support.

HPNB has been going for 3+ years now helping hundreds of women heal their diastasis recti, resolve back pain and be stronger and more confident within themselves. Working with various charities along the way, HPNB is making a genuine positive impact in this often overlooked field.

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