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Kim Vopni is a Vancouver-based personal trainer who specializes in female clients before, during and after pregnancy. She initially found out about Crawford while researching pelvic floor health and has now organized seven training events with him across Canada, including a speakers evening in Vancouver on Feb. 15.
While studies have concluded that at least one-quarter of women report pelvic floor problems like incontinence at some time in their lives, Vopni believes it could be much higher because many people are so ashamed that they would never admit. And those who do talk about it are resigned to it.
“Women say, ‘I leak when I laugh,’ and think it’s normal. It’s common, but it’s not normal,” says Vopni
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Everyone knows that life with a newborn means very little sleep, but not much can prepare a parent for the stress of sleep deprivation. Kim Vopni, who specializes in health and wellness solutions for moms pre- and post-natal, says “Women put expectations on themselves to do everything. It is important to care for Mom too.”
She suggests hiring a postpartum doula who can provide newborn care, time for Mom to rest, as well as act as a resource for breastfeeding and emotional support. But you can also offer your own babysitting services. Taking baby out for a walk means Mom not only gets time to herself, she gets a quiet house.
“There’s nothing to say that having a child will cause incontin-ence,” says Kim Vopni, a pre/postnatal fitness consultant, personal trainer and owner of Epi-No Canada, a company offering pelvic-floor wellness solutions. But it definitely increases the risk. Vaginal births put you at a higher risk than C-sections, as do tearing and episiotomies. Chances of incontinence increase with each pregnancy, and risks are higher for pregnant women over the age of 36.
Pfilates uses the 10 moves in a series of repetitions and progressive phases that can be part of a regular workout routine. Crawford, who was in Toronto recently to certify physiotherapists and fitness trainers in his program, also sells an at-home kit that includes an instructional DVD. Visit our products page to purchase one.
In 2008, he studied 120 moves from Pilates, yoga and personal trainers’ routines by hooking up volunteers to an electromyography machine. He identified 10 moves that best engaged the pelvic floor and the transverse abdominals, gluteals and thigh adductors which work with the floor muscles.
Pre-pregnancy, you’d probably never thought much about your pelvic floor (you know, that network of muscles that keeps your uterus, bladder and bowels in place). But now you may be noticing that things down under haven’t been the same since you had kids. The biggest sign things have gone south? Leakage — when you laugh, sneeze or, heaven forbid, jump.
From breasts and bras, to period cramps and Kegels, at times we think we're all experts! But how much do we really know about our health "down there"?
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By getting to know your pelvic floor prior to childbirth, you will be ready when it comes time to push your baby out and prevent unnecessary post partum pain and dysfunction.