I'm not just a PT, I'm also a parent!

I'm not just a PT, I'm also a parent!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Fun Ways to Encourage Tummy Time



Tummy time is important for an infant's development.  Here are fun ways to encourage tummy time with your little one:

1.  Put baby on your chest 

Babies enjoy being held, so lay back and put baby on your chest to enjoy some face time.  Seriously, who can resist their child's sweet face?   If baby can't tolerate being all the way on his or her tummy, lay on an angled surface.

2.  Use a Biddy Belly

I reviewed this nifty toy in a previous post: Products I Love - Biddy Belly

 

3.  Find a fun tummy time mat

When I had my first baby, I questioned the necessity of a tummy time mat.  However, if your child is resistant to tummy time, there are some really neat tummy time mats out there! Some have flat mirrors, while others have different textures.  Some have toys attached and others have a water-filled insert.  Find something that will capture your little one's attention and have some fun!

4.  Sensory Play

Give your little one something fun to do while on his or her tummy that also encourages sensory integration.  Here are some fun ideas:
  •  Put a toy that lights up and/or plays music in front of baby to encourage her to push up and reach while on her tummy.
  • Put a cookie sheet in front of baby and put some water or whipped cream into it to encourage exploration and splashing.  Supervise your child all all times during this activity!
  • Put a mirror or light box in front of baby to encourage visual stimulation and pushing up on his forearms or palms.
5.  Use a therapy/exercise ball

If you have an exercise ball or a peanut ball, lay your baby on the ball on his or her tummy.  Roll baby forward and back toward your face or a mirror to give him or her something interesting to look at.  On a regular ball, you can also rock baby from side to side.  Oftentimes, baby will extend his or her trunk while on the ball, encouraging prone extension for strengthening.  Please hold your child at all times while he or she is on a ball! (unlike the photo below)

photo from http://www.especialneeds.com/straight-roll.html



Thursday, April 25, 2013

Diastasis Recti (Part 5) - Postpartum Exercise

I just wanted to share an interesting article with you.  It's about postpartum exercise, particularly following a C-section, but I was impressed that diastasis recti was mentioned.


Image courtesy of imagerymajestic / FreeDigitalPhotos.net 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Part I - Lose Your Mummy Tummy DVD



My last month of pregnancy was more difficult than we anticipated.  Aside from the pain I consistently experience during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters and my diastasis recti, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes.  My blood sugar was well-controlled and my baby was a good size until week 38, when I was told that baby was measuring at 40 weeks and my sugars were starting to go haywire.  As a result, I had to be induced by 39 weeks.

Fortunately, my baby boy was born perfectly healthy with no signs of hypoglycemia or jaundice.  Unfortunately, mommy suffered some injuries during the birth process and I was just given a clean bill of health and cleared for full activity yesterday. 

Mommy's little angel at 8 weeks

As a result, I will begin my Tupler Technique post-partum exercise program!  I will be watching the Lose Your Mummy Tummy DVD and using Julie Tupler's technique to help correct my diastasis recti and get back into shape.

Along the way, I will share embarrassing photos of myself and keep you informed of my progress.  Wish me luck, as with 4 little boys running around, it's hard to find quiet time to myself!

Here is my mummy tummy before starting the Tupler Technique:


Though this is embarrassing to show publicly, I'm sucking up my pride in trying to help other mamas out there!

Please excuse my topographical roadmap -- when mama is only 4'11", baby has nowhere to grow except straight out!  And after 4 pregnancies, this is what happens.  Hopefully, the next series of photos will look a lot prettier than this...

Partial Review of Perfect Pushing DVD

I haven't blogged for quite a while, but I'm back with an 8-week-old baby boy!

Welcome to the world, baby J!

My last month of pregnancy was more difficult than we anticipated.  Aside from the pain I consistently experience during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes.  My blood sugar was well-controlled and my baby was a good size until week 38, when I was told that baby was measuring at 40 weeks and my sugars were starting to go haywire.  As a result, I had to be induced by 39 weeks.



I had every intention of having a fantastic birth experience using the techniques learned from the Perfect Pushing DVD, but God had other plans for me.  My epidural worked a little too well and I was having a very difficult time pushing, so I was unable to put Julie Tupler's techniques into practice.  I ended up having a vacuum-assisted delivery and was literally one push away from an emergency C-section.

So here is a partial review of Perfect Pushing:

Pros:
  • All the exercises are clearly explained as they are being demonstrated
  • The exercises themselves are not difficult
  • I like to think that using these techniques enabled me to make one final push to avoid an emergency C-section

Cons:
  • I would have loved it if pregnant women of all shapes and sizes were shown performing the exercises.
  • This is just my personal opinion, but the cover image of a baby being squeezed out of a toothpaste tube is a bit creepy to me.