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The most common comment I hear from posptartum women is how their belly has changed; the belly bulge, the mommy-tummy, the reason your pants don't fit like they used to.  Too often I hear comments like - "I just need to work harder on my abs," as if doing more sit-ups would solve the problem (it won't).  Core Dysfunction is a very common cause of a persistent bulging belly after childbirth.  But it's not the only reason.  Let's discuss how to differentiate Core Dysfunction from another common source of bulging belly - the Bloat, and how you can find your flat tummy again!

Core Dysfunction happens when the deep abdominal muscles of the core aren't working correctly.  The source of dysfunction may be weak muscles from inacti...

March 14, 2018

One of our Members brought up a great question!  What abdominal exercises can she be doing while she is progressing through the Mommy Ready Program?  

Although, my best advice is to stick strictly with the Program sequencing and remain consistent with the EXACT exercises of each phase, I know that we are impatient and want to do MORE.  I know, because I have been the same as I progress myself through the program.

I have been taking classes at my local gym and most classes have a core sequence at some point or another.  A good trainer will give you options and warn against doing an exercise that increases back pain or improper form.  I also like to have my own set of rules.

RULES for Abdominal Exercises when your Core System is st...

December 9, 2017

Each of us has a different reason we find ourselves searching for a program like Mommy Ready. One woman may be desperate to rid herself of back pain and one woman may wish she could laugh without leaking urine. Symptoms such as poor posture, hip pain and popping, lack of abdominal strength, pelvic pain as well as many more issues lead us to wonder "How can I get back to being me?" after pregnancy. 

Let me share with you what has lead me to search for The Mommy Ready Program.

As a mother of two, I have experienced pregnancy and postpartum recovery. I had fairly uneventful pregnancies. Nausea and fatigue were my most notable symptoms.  

I was an avid Crossfitter for my second pregnancy. I had no direction as to what I should and should...

October 27, 2017

A postpartum exercise program can be key to improving your ability to confidently and energetically care for your new baby, decrease your risk of injury and allow you to regain your pre-pregnancy physique.

Approximately 50% of women experience pain either during pregnancy or postpartum. 50%.  That's half of all of you that read this article.  


Parenting is a physically taxing job.  Repetitive stress from the daily activities required to care for a baby puts a woman at risk for disc injury, chronic back pain or muscle and ligament injury.

We know that during pregnancy our ligaments become slack due to the hormone, relaxin.  This is to allow our bodies to adapt to carrying a growing child inside of us.

Therefore, pregnancy r...

September 17, 2017

One of Life's Greatest Miracles is the creation of a new Life.  

 We all know there are many biological and physiological happenings during pregnancy.  But I want to focus on the musculoskeletal happenings during pregnancy.

As the baby forms in the uterus, the abdominal muscles are required to expand and stretch.  The baby continues to grow and these muscles also need to make more room for the organs that are being crowded out.

The lungs get pushed upward, intestines are off to the side and that poor bladder!!!!  

Then throw in the stress to the abdominal muscles during actual labor.  They don't call it "labor" because its easy!  OR say you are required to have a c-section.  Well, then your core system is compromised in yet another dir...

August 19, 2017

I am thrilled to announce my new role as Program Director for the MommyReady Program.  I look forward to connecting with each of our current subscribers as well as reaching out to make new connections as awareness for postpartum care grows.  

I have been working with Heather Christiansen, PA-C, CSS for the past two years as she has created the MommyReady program.  She and I have spent a great deal of time in training as I was the first MommyReady Core System Specialist to receive her training.

My background is in Physical Therapy.  I have been practicing for 19 years and have gleaned a great passion for postpartum care.  I have been privledged with the opportunity to work with Greg Fritz, PT, RMSK, for the past 4 years allowing...

October 14, 2016

Many women after having a baby were surprised that their tummy didn't return to pre-pregnancy shape after delivery.  Most women expect some change in their physique, but when abdominal weakness and bulging persists months or years after pregnancy, it seems reasonable to start to feel discouraged.  I've found that persisting weakness and a bulge often has less to do with "extra baby weight" and more to do with how your innermost abdominal muscles have recovered (or not recovered) after childbirth.  

More than half of childbearing women will experience a diastasis or separation of the Rectus Abdominis muscle.  Some diastasis heal on their own during postpartum recovery.  Women who have a diastasis longer...

Diastasis = separation 


Rectus Abdominis = a pair of long flat muscles that run from the breast bone to the pubic bone along the front of the abdomen (your six-pack muscle). 

The Linea Alba or "White Line" is the name of the connective tissue that joins the left and right sides of this paired muscle.  The rectus abdominis muscle is separated by connective tissue into 8 segments and joins into a thick fascia (no muscle just thin connective tissue, actually a flat tendon) about 1/3 of the way below the belly button.  The connective tissue of the linea alba is made up of the lining of the lateral abdominal muscles, in layers including the internal and external obliques which make up the upper layers, and...

September 8, 2016

Each woman comes into pregnancy and leaves childbirth with her own unique experiences and problems.  Therefore, each woman's recovery after delivery would benefit from a provider who can evaluate her specific needs and address her unique concerns.

Too often, common concerns such as occasional leaking urine, persisting pelvic pain, prolapse and abdominal weakness are met with limited options. An OB/GYN may offer surgery but may recommend against it if future pregnancies are desired or the mother is too young. Kegels or pelvic floor exercises may be recommended but with little more than a handout as a guide. Many women tell me they already do kegels or that they've even seen a traditional pelvic floor therapist but feel discouraged because...

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