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During Childbirth, Push Like You’re Pooping

Push Like You’re Pooping Marianne Ryan PT was recently interviewed for an article by Michelle Woo for Lifehacker.com who shared her experience of the birth of her second child. This time around, after being reminded of the imagine-you’re-pooping advice by a friend, I thought of that and only that. I pretended to poop. The baby

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New York Times Pregnancy Pains Got You Down?

New York Times Marianne Ryan PT was recently interviewed by Rachel Rabkin Peachman of New York Times Parenting magazine for an article entitled Pregnancy Pains Got You Down? Women commonly experience aches and pains during each trimester of pregnancy. In most cases, they are normal and aren’t cause for alarm. The most common pregnancy pains

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Got a Post Baby Body? Here Is a Tip.

After the excitement of childbirth, first-time moms are often shocked to discover that their bodies don’t automatically snap back into shape. The first thing I remember after I got home with my new baby was looking sideways in a mirror and gasping… OMG, I still looked pregnant! Was I ever going to see a flat

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Exercise During Pregnancy – Good for Mom, and Baby Too

Physical Therapist, Marianne Ryan explains how exercise during pregnancy is not only safe but good for both mom and baby. It can even make your baby smarter! Pregnancy is a time to take extra-special care of yourself and many woman wonder if it is safe for them to exercise, especially for the baby. A growing

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Why Are American Women Dying From Childbirth?

The US has the Highest Maternal Death Rate in any developed country in the world! I bet you didn’t know that… It is hard to believe that in this century, with the advancements in all aspects of our lives from tech, education, research and health, that something as natural as childbirth can be life threatening

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Why Your Body Does Not “Snap Back Together” After Childbirth

Physical Therapist and author, Marianne Ryan explains why it takes time to regain your pre-pregnancy figure and gives 5 tips to help you get back in shape quicker. After the excitement of childbirth, first-time moms are often shocked to discover that their bodies don’t automatically snap back into shape immediately after their baby is born.

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Diastasis Recti

Marianne was recently interviewed by the Today show on NBC for a segment addressing Diastasis Recti. Although diastasis recti is normal for pregnant women, according to Marianne Ryan, a New York-based physical therapist, for some women, the muscles don’t shrink back down on their own. “Hormones during pregnancy cause your muscles to loosen up to

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What Is Pelvic Organ Prolapse and How to Avoid It

Physical Therapist and author, Marianne Ryan explains how doing too much, too soon after childbirth can cause pelvic organ prolapse and offers advice for avoiding it. One of the complications that can develop as a result of childbirth is pelvic organ prolapse, POP for short.This is a condition where organs such as the uterus or

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New Moms – Four Tips for Preventing Constipation

Physical Therapist and author, Marianne Ryan explains why squatting is the best position for emptying your bowels and offers other solutions for constipation. As a physical therapist who specializes in women’s health, and a mother of two, I can tell you one thing most pregnant and postpartum women have in common – constipation! Not only

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