TEDx Talk … What Your Momma Never Told You About Pregnancy

TEDx Talk Marianne Ryan PT

Some of you may know that I did a TEDx Talk last month and I have been waiting to hear if it was accepted by the Ted Talk committee.

I am so excited because it was published yesterday!

The name of the talk is "What Your Momma Never Told You About Childbirth".

I think it is a important message and would like to ask your support. Do you think you could do me a favor and "like" the talk on YouTube?

It is my intention to help make more people aware of the need for more medical and emotional support for postpartum moms. I have a summary of the talk below.

While pregnancy and childbirth can be one of the most exciting times in a woman's life, it brings with it a long list of physical issues that most women are not fully prepared for and often assume are normal changes they must accept once they become mothers. Some of the most common problem mothers experience is persistent back pain, flabby tummies, incontinence and pelvic pain (including painful sex). I remember getting lots of advice from my mother about how to take care of myself during pregnancy and how to take care of the baby, but my momma never told me about all the physical changes I would have to deal with after childbirth.

Marianne Ryan TEDxMost of these problems can be prevented or eliminated if moms go for physical therapy treatment and learn to take special precautions to prevent developing injuries and learn how to regain strength in weakened muscles. But, when it comes to dealing with these physical problems health-care professionals in the US often drop the ball of medical care. The focus of care is switched from the mother to the baby. A new mom is often given a pat on the back for a job well done and a piece of paper showing them how to do Kegel exercises.

As a women's health physical therapist I became frustrated with the lack of continued care for new mothers and became determined to develop a recovery program women can use to reclaim their bodies after childbirth. After years of research and clinical trials I created the first DIY program that bridges the gap between evidence-based medical science and fitness instruction, the Baby Bod Program. It is now my goal to make women aware that these problems are not normal, and they deserve to fully recover from childbirth.

Be Well!

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C-Section Recovery 13 Great Tips

Classic cesarean section in the operating theater.

Writer Julie Revelant, a health journalist, interviewed Marianne Ryan PT in an article for FOXNEWS.com that gives 13 tips to use when recovering from a C-Section Delivery.

Here is the outline of the tips:

  1. Take your prescribed painkillers. 
  2. Take probiotics.

  3. Learn how to care for the incision.
 Ask your provider about massage techniques which can help decrease the pain, improve healing and encourage the abdominal muscles to work more efficiently, said Marianne Ryan, a physical therapist in New York City and author of “Baby Bod: Turn Flab to Fab in 12 Weeks Flat.”
  4. Start walking.
 As soon as your doctor gives you the green light, you should get out of bed with help.
  5. Eat right.  Nutrition is also very important for healing. Focus on eating foods that are anti-inflammatory and have vitamin C, like berries, kale and broccoli.
  6. Combat constipation. Try a toilet stool or prop up your feet on yoga blocks which will straighten the colorectal angle, instead of cramping it so your bowel movements will be easier, Ryan said.
  7. Breastfeed with support.
 Try propping the baby up on a nursing pillow.
  8. Forget the abdominal binder.
 After a C-section, you’ll be given an abdominal binder which provides sustained compression meant to help ease the pain. Yet these binders take over the work of the abdominal muscles which will make them weaker over time, Ryan said. A binder can also put pressure on the pelvic organs and increase the risk for urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Instead, look for a graduated compression undergarment that will ease the pain and swelling without causing other problems. (Look for an example at the end of the article summary.)
  9. Don’t lift anything heavy.
 Try not to lift anything heavier then your newborn baby for the first few weeks. You can then increase your activity as long as you don’t have any pain. If possible, have someone bring your baby to you and prop the baby up on pillows or a nursing pillow for feedings.
  10. Avoid crunches. Doing crunches too early, can work against healing and can cause injuries.
  11. Ease back into sex. Women who give birth via cesarean section are about twice as likely to experience painful intercourse.
    Not only can pregnancy put stress on the muscles of the pelvis, but scar tissue from the incision can reduce the mobility of the pelvic organs, which can cause muscle spams and pain, Ryan said.
    To prevent painful sex, devote plenty of time to foreplay and use a lubricant. A pelvic floor massage wand can desensitize painful spots too. If pain persists however, seek treatment from a women’s health physical therapist.
  12. Ask for help.
 Although you need to care for your baby, realize that your body needs to heal too. If you don’t get help, you’ll be exhausted and it will take your body longer to recover.
  13. Get emotional support. Don’t suffer in silence. Seek out an online or in-person support group for new moms.

Here is the link to the full article: Click Here

Comment by Marianne:

The postpartum abdominal band I recommend is made out of graduated compression and should not fit as tight as shape-wear garments.

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If you find that the abdominal band is uncomfortable against your incision try placing a sanitary napkin against your scar with the sticky side facing outwards and attached to the garment.

Here is a link to it on our website store:

POSTPARTUM ABDOMINAL BAND

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Every Mom Needs Physical Therapy

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Julie Revelant who is a health journalist wrote an interesting article for FOXNEWS.com stressing that every mom needs and deserves to have physical therapy treatment after childbirth.

Revelant compares the American medical care system to other countries, like France. In the US most people basically assume a woman's body will magically "snap back together" 6 weeks after delivery.

Not True!

Many women develop painful conditions, diastasis recti (AKA,  Mommy Tummy) and suffer with incontinence as a result of childbirth. Early intervention and physical therapy treatment can reverse these conditions and prevent more serious injuries from developing months, years and even decades after becoming a mother.

Most women are not aware that physical therapy treatment can help them recover after childbirth. The right physical therapy treatment program can help women restore the strength of the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles.

Bet you didn't know that.

After I published my book, "Baby Bod - Turn Flab to Fab in 12 Weeks Flat", one of the most common reactions I got was that most people were surprised to learn there are physical therapists who have advanced training in the treatment of postpartum issues. They are called Women's Health Physical Therapists. (You can find one in your area by looking up the website for the Women's Health Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, and enter your zip code.)

It appears that the American medical community drops the ball when it comes to taking care of moms with postpartum issues.

In France things are different. Women go for physical therapy treatment after each and every birth. French women do not get the "green light" from their health care provider to return to vigorous exercise programs until after they complete two to three months of physical therapy treatment to restore the strength of the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles.

OOO la la!

To read the article CLICK HERE

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When is it Safe to Return to High Impact Exercises after Childbirth?

Young woman running outdoors in a city park on a cold fall/winter day (motion blurred image)

Many new moms feel they have to do high impact workouts in order to build up a sweat, get fit, burn fat and lose baby weight. However, high impact exercise is a common cause of Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), or wetting yourself when you exercise/cough/sneeze, particularly in postnatal women.

Fiona Rodgers who is an Australian physiotherapist  wrote a fabulous artcle discussing when it is safe to return to high impact exercises, like running, after childbirth.

CLICK HERE to read Fiona's advice.

Bio:
Fiona Rogers BPhty GDExSpSc APAM  is a Women's Health Physiotherapist in Australia. Throughout her 30-year career, Fiona has worked in a variety of settings in both public and private sectors.She has worked exclusively in the area of women's health for the past 15 years. Fiona now divides her time between clinical work and running the website Pelvic Floor Exercise™ which is Australia's only specialty online shop for pelvic floor exercise devices and resources, trusted and recommended by health professionals across the country and internationally. Fiona is passionate about sharing the message of pelvic floor health and does this through her blog and high profile social media presence worldwide.

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The Secret to Why French Women Look So Good After Childbirth

The Secret to Why French Women Look So Good After Childbirth

French Women Childbirth SecretsPhysical Therapist and author, Marianne Ryan explains why French women regain their pre-pregnancy figures so much faster then American women after childbirth.

Learn how new moms in the US can prevent long term complications and look and feel better faster after childbirth.

Pregnancy isn't all sunshine and roses. While it may be the most exciting time in a woman's life, it brings with it a long list of issues that most women simply aren't comfortable discussing, even with their doctors.
That's right - I'm talking about a leaky bladder, pelvic pain, and a flabby stomach, just to name a few.

In the US, there is top-notch prenatal care, but once a woman gives birth she is basically left to fend for herself with the often-overlooked postpartum issues I just mentioned.

The attitude is that a woman's body will somehow magically "snap back together" after childbirth.

Not true!

Continue reading The Secret to Why French Women Look So Good After Childbirth

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Baby Bod is the first DIY program that bridges the gap between medical care and fitness advice.

It helps pregnant woman prepare for childbirth, and moms to reclaim their bodies after becoming a mother, even if it is years or decades later.

Written by award winning author and physical therapist, Marianne Ryan PT.  "As a mother I suffered from some of the lingering effects of childbirth, like lower back pain and even a weak bladder, for years. I was motivated to develop this program and once I practiced it my problems wer cured!"

The therapists at Marianne Ryan Physical Therapy are experts in manual therapy and specialize in the treatment of women during and after pregnancy.
If you would like to make an appointment for physical therapy treatment or get one-to-one advice on how to deal with women's health issues please e-mail us at info@mrptny.com or call us at 212-661-2933.

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More information about Baby Bod can be found here.

You can find the book on Amazon
     
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MARIANNE RYAN PT, OCS is a physical therapist and board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist.
She is an award-winning author of the international best selling book, Baby Bod - Turn Flab to Fab in 12 Weeks Flat (available on Amazon), Clinical Director of Marianne Ryan Physical Therapy in New York City and a spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy Association Media Corps.
With more than 30 years' experience, she specializes in helping women reclaim their bodies after childbirth.  BabyBodBook.com
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New Study Shows Physical Therapy Treatment for Infertility Can Help Women Get Pregnant

Bet you didn’t know that physical therapy can help infertility.

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Manual Physical Therapy Treatment for Infertility

A new study published in the Alternative Therapies Journal shows that using a special physical therapy technique is less expensive and not as invasive as traditional fertility treatment.  40 to 60 percent of the women in this study experienced success in getting pregnant.

Infertility can be devastating and it affects 11% of women in the US.  Approximately 7.4 million women in the US spend tons of money on invasive fertility treatments per year.

This type of physical therapy treatment is different then when you go for regular orthopedic problems such as lower back pain and an ankle injury says the author of Baby BodMarianne Ryan PT.  Manual physical therapy techniques, such as visceral mobilization, are used to help increase the mobility of the internal organs and abdominal wall.  The theory is that if you can improve movement restrictions, you can improve the overall function of the internal organs, including the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus.

Women with endometriosis and PCOS are given new hope, 43% of the women with endometriosis and 53% of the women with PCOS were able to get pregnant after treatment.

The therapists at Marianne Ryan Physical Therapy are experts in manual therapy and have experience in treating women with infertility and other women’s health issues.

If you would like to make an appointment for physical therapy treatment or get one-to-one advice on how to deal with women’s health issues please fill out the “contact us” form on this page or call 212 661-2933.  The therapists at Marianne Ryan Physical Therapy are trained to provide you with safe and effective exercises and can offer hands-on treatment for pain relief.

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MARIANNE RYAN PT, OCS is a physical therapist and board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist.

She is an award-winning author of the international best selling book, Baby Bod - Turn Flab to Fab in 12 Weeks Flat (available on Amazon), Clinical Director of Marianne Ryan Physical Therapy in New York City and a spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy Association Media Corps.

With more than 30 years' experience, she specializes in helping women reclaim their bodies after childbirth. BabyBodBook.com

As a mother and a physical therapist with over 30 years experience in women's health, I developed a passion for helping moms improve their health, before, during, and after pregnancy. An easy to follow program can be found in my book, Baby Bod - Turn Flab to Fab in 12 Weeks Flat. It was developed to help pregnant women prepare for childbirth and for moms, even if it has been years since they became a mother, to recover from the lingering physical issues caused by pregnancy and childbirth. (You can find the book on Amazon and the Baby Bod Exercise Tracker App on both iTunes and Google Play).

To get a free preview of the Baby Bod book click here

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NY1 Common Post Pregnancy Problems Baby Bod

NY1's Kristen Shaughnessy recently interviewed Marianne Ryan and looks at ways new moms can work on getting their pre-baby body back soon after delivery and how certain exercises could help prevent common Post-Pregnancy problems.

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NY ! Baby BodWhen you are pregnant, you are under the watchful eye of your physician. Afterwards, aside from a few checkups, you are left alone to figure it out. We spoke to the author of “Baby Bod,” physical therapist  Marianne Ryan, who says like other moms, she had back pain and a weak bladder for years after giving birth. Therefore, she came up with an exercise program she says you can start right after you deliver.

"Studies have shown six years, ten years, even twenty years later, women develop things like incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and I believe a lot of that can be prevented if there's proper care right from day one," Ryan says.

Ryan's program is detailed “Baby Bod,” and she says it is so gentle that even if you have a C section, you can start it the next day.

"I teach them certain things like breathing exercises, some very gentle pelvic floor exercises and postural restoration exercises," she says.

Her program also involves exercises that you can start before giving birth - to make it a bit easier -  and core exercises for immediately after delivery.

"They start doing what I call the pelvic core starter, not the Kegel exercise, because it's involved with breathing, certain types of breathing and also holding your body in certain positions to get your core muscles to work most optimally, and to start doing Kegel-like contractions while in this position," Ryan says.

Many new moms also deal with back pain and other issues they do not necessarily feel comfortable talking about.

"I teach them how to lift the baby, how to get out of bed ahead of time so that they're not putting too much pressure on their belly or their pelvic floor,” Ryan says. “Simple things like how to use the toilet after birth so that you're not straining muscles."

She says new moms have to be patient with their body. The pregnancy hormones do not just disappear when you give birth.

Marianne NY1"It can take about three months for them to rebalance again, and while the pregnancy hormones are in the body, you tend to be looser," Ryan says.

She says while everyone is different and some women recover quicker, it typically takes a few months for you to get back to your pre-baby body.

As a mother and a physical therapist with over 30 years experience in women's health, I developed a passion for helping moms improve their health, before, during, and after pregnancy. An easy to follow program can be found in my book, Baby Bod - Turn Flab to Fab in 12 Weeks Flat. It was developed to help pregnant women prepare for childbirth and for moms, even if it has been years since they became a mother, to recover from the lingering physical issues caused by pregnancy and childbirth. (You can find the book on Amazon and the Baby Bod Exercise Tracker App on both iTunes and Google Play).

To get a free preview of the Baby Bod book click here

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MARIANNE RYAN PT, OCS is a physical therapist and board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist.

She is an award-winning author of the international best selling book, Baby Bod - Turn Flab to Fab in 12 Weeks Flat (available on Amazon), Clinical Director of Marianne Ryan Physical Therapy in New York City and a spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy Association Media Corps.

With more than 30 years' experience, she specializes in helping women reclaim their bodies after childbirth. BabyBodBook.com

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