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A C-section mama needs to massage her scar to prevent it from adhering to the pelvic organs. “A too-tight scar can reduce your back’s range of motion by 30 percent and prevent you from standing up straight,”warns physical therapist Holly Herman.
When your doctor gives you the go-ahead at your six-week checkup, begin massaging with firm pressure in an up/down, right/left and diagonal direction. You should also try rolling the scar between your fingers. “Just five minutes a day will make an enormous difference,” she says.
Research shows that women who exercise three times a week for 12 weeks during the second half of pregnancy have less low-back pain.
Incorporate these three back-strengthening exercises and stretches from Sergio Rojas, owner of reDEFINED Fitness & Physical Therapy in Chicago, into your workout routine to strengthen and protect.