Your Post Baby Belly & Pelvic Floor: Help is on the way!

So, if you're anything like me, you had your baby (maybe even years ago). You oiled and bound your belly for weeks, then you started to exercise some, maybe even a lot. Maybe you did planks, chaturangas, maybe you did Pilates or something specific to get your core strength back, and perhaps you did kegels to strengthen your pelvic floor.But... something still doesn't feel right and really doesn't look right. You still look as if you could be a couple or even a few months pregnant. And if you have a big sneeze or a good laugh with friends... sometimes [gah!] you might even pee a little.

One day, one of the clients in our midwifery practice came in for a post partum appointment and told us about a system she had followed that really helped to heal her diastasis recti (abdominal separation) and get her flat tummy back. "What was it!?" I had to know immediately. "It's called Mutu System," she said. I looked into it, but didn't have time just then.

Then one day about 4 weeks ago, I was ready. Well, I am loving it! And I've seen what it's done for other women, so I wanted to share it with you. This is going to be one of our top recommendations post partum. After the classical 42 days of rest and rejuvenation...start your Mutu program. I could tell you all about the science behind this program, but the founder, Wendy, has everything set up to explain this very nicely, so I'll leave that to her. What I will tell you about, is a few things I love about the program:

  • You can sign up and get instant access to do everything online OR you can order the DVD
  • Once you sign up, you have lifetime access to the videos and the support
  • You can use some of the recommended tools such as dumbbells, resistance band, etc. or you can completely improvise with household items (saving you money)
  • Mutu supports Hamlin Fistula, which supports the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia (HFE), opened in 1974 by Drs. Reginald and Catherine Hamlin. They raise awareness of obstetric fistula – a debilitating childbirth injury, and also take care of many women who have suffered this injury.

Check out the video below to learn more, or go to the "About Mutu" page now to learn more now.

Go to the Mutu homepage now to explore the options. And as always, we would love to hear what experiences you're having with this as other suggestions.

Much Love, Sunny

 

Six Practices for Postpartum Recovery

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According to the great vaidyas, and to the women who took care of one another, passing practices mother to daughter, each day of care after birth corresponds to one year in a woman’s life.Proper nourishment, or lack thereof during postpartum, can affect a woman's health for the next 42 years.

So what's a mom to do? Balance, calm, and nourish vata dosha, especially ap?na vayu (downward moving wind). Addressing this properly can pacify constipation, pain, uterine discomfort, digestive upset, prolapse and many other complications. (Welch., 50) Unfortunately we can’t give a full guide in one article,  but we want to provide a couple “must know” practices for those mommas getting ready for birth. We are putting together workshops to prepare you more in-depth, but if you are giving birth soon and want further support soon please get in touch!

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1) 42 Days of REST REST RESTStay inside and keep visitors to a minimum. These 42 days are a precious time for you and your immediate family to heal and connect with each other. When possible, arrange others to help with housework and meals.

 

2) Warm, cooked and mildly spiced foods and liquids: Specific foods are recommended for each day or week after birth, but the general idea is that we rebuild our rasa (blood plasma) with very warm, nourishing, hydrating, and nutrient rich foods and we rebuild our agni (digestive fire) with spices and easy to digest foods. We don’t want to tax our body with heavy and hard to digest meals.

  •      10 Days Postpartum: Favor thinner soups and purees, and steer clear of foods that are tough on the digestive system such as raw foods, meats, fried foods, and too many greens.
  •      Eat Wholesome Foods:  Wholesome foods include: stews, soups, porridges, whole grains, baked veggies (yams,squash, carrots, asparagus, carrots, and beets). Add digestive spices such as ginger, clove black pepper, turmeric, fenugreek, fresh dill, cumin, saffron, and cardamon. Eat ample protein and good quality fats such as olive oil and ghee to nourish and build the blood.
  •      Drink Warm Spiced Drinks: Warm spiced milks, and digestive teas such as fennel, tulsi, and ginger.
  •      Preferred Tastes: Sweet, sour, salty and a little pungent to balance excess air and wind

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3) Warm Herbal Massage: This cannot be emphasized enough. Warm oil massage, helps to soothe and strengthen a woman’s body postpartum. Check out our abhyanga post for more information about abhyanga massage for you and your baby.

 

4) Bind the Abdomen. For centuries, mothers from traditional cultures have used belly wraps to speed up weight loss and to support the abdominal muscles and skin after birth.

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5) Nourishing herbs:  Upon individual assessment there are some fabulous herbs to assist with postpartum healing. We will talk about this more in our upcoming workshops.

6) Very gentle movement: Rest as much as possible for the first 42 days after birth, doing only what feels relaxing such as a short walk or very gentle, restorative asana. Great asanas include: ?avasana with ujjayi breathing and sandbags on thighs, Salamba supta badha konasana with ujjayi breath (supported reclining bound angle pose), and Yoga Nidra.