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Frequently asked questions

Can I take part in this course even though I gave birth years ago?

Yes, and it’s the great thing about exercising your middle body as it has no due date and every moment is a good moment to begin! This course is targeted to mothers with 0-12 months old babies because the course takes the challenges of everyday life with a baby into consideration, but of course the exercises for beginners are the same, no matter what the situation is.The condition of your pelvic floor muscles can be enhanced during this course and you can get rid of discomforts such as urinary incontinence even at retirement age.

Are we going to do crunches and planks, which are effective for abs?

No, we are not. Crunches bulge the belly and sit-ups are even worse. All crunch-like motions where the shoulders come off the floor contribute to separation of abdominal muscles (diastasis recti) by very nature of biomechanics. Planks are also inadvisable until while there is still a gap between your abdominal muscles because of the gravitational pressure pushing down and out on your damaged core.

Can I take part in this course if I believe I have an abdominal muscle separation?

Yes, you can. All the exercises of this course are safe to do even if you suffer from the separation of your abdominal muscles. Actually, these exercises are designed to fix the separation. You’ll get plenty of information on how to safely exercise while suffering from separation.If you also have a hernia, heavy back pain or the separation is big and the skin looks thin so that you can “see through your pulse,” it’s recommended for you to contact a local physiotherapist specialized in the pelvic floor area.

Is it possible to take part in this course if I’ve given birth through C-section?

You can and you should! C-section is one of the biggest surgical procedures at the moment. Most of these surgeries are done via endoscopy nowadays. C-section breaks seven layers of the stomach, splitting your abdominal muscles and nerves as well. It’s of great importance that the middle body is exercised so that the nerves recover and all the muscles can be used in their natural way. All the exercises of this course can be done in the same way, no matter if you’ve given birth by C-section or naturally.

How soon after labour can I take part in this course?

You can take part in this course as soon as you feel good. This course starts with pelvic floor exercises, which are recommended as soon as possible after childbirth. After this, we’ll move on to deep abdominal muscles, exercising them gently. Pelvic floor muscles are the first muscles of the middle body to activate. If the activation of them isn’t right, your middle body might be malfunctioning.After labour, a lot of different factors affect the feeling and condition of your body, and these experiences are always very personal. Instead of worrying about something, you should ask advice from a physiotherapist specialized in the pelvic floor area. During this course, feel free to ask your coach your questions.

Why should I take part in this course as I can exercise e.g. my pelvic floor on my own too?

Training on your own is good for you, and you should do it indeed. While exercising on your own some questions might cross your mind though, and you might not have anyone to answer them.The goal of this course is to comprehend a big amount of information about changes in your body, the rehabilitation of it and to learn about safe exercising after pregnancy. In this course we also aim to talk about things that aren’t spoken out that often and that many women live with accepting them maybe for the rest of their lives even if there is plenty you can do!

The goal of this course is to remind you of your exercises and bring them in your everyday life with a baby so that you actually do these exercises every day. While exercising your pelvic floor and middle body, regularity and perseverance are of great importance.

In my case as I was exercising alone, at some point I noticed exercising in a wrong way and consequently harming my vulnerable body and slowing down my rehabilitation. This is one issue we are going to tackle during this course because the participants get their daily instructions to every move both verbally and explained in pictures and on video. In addition the exercises of this course have more variation than often exercising on your own. The progress happens faster due to varied stimulus.