Pregnancy affects a woman in many ways, but especially physically where major changes occur to your body, from weight gain to swelling and tenderness, organ compression and the release of the hormone Relaxin to soften tissues and muscles to prepare your body for childbirth.
A woman’s pelvis also expands during pregnancy to prepare for delivery, and this can sometimes lead to alignment issues in the pelvis and back, causing lower back pain or sciatic nerve compression.
And these physical and physiological changes don’t reverse overnight once your baby is born, placing your body at risk from a number of injuries and conditions.
Considering the changes a woman’s body goes through during pregnancy and birth, it is madly optimistic to think things will miraculously bounce back to normal.
The well-being of the baby is, of course, paramount – but focus on the mum’s recovery is also vital.