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The Truth about Kegel Exercises: Strengthen your pelvic floor

Physical Therapist Marianne Ryan thinks moms aren’t given enough instruction on strengthening the pelvic floor after childbirth. Today, she rights that wrong. One of the most common exercises moms are told to do after childbirth are Kegel exercises. Typically, new moms are given a piece of paper at their 6 week check-up that instructs them

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Dad Bods Men Have Baby Bods Too!

Guess what? Moms are not the only ones who gain weight after having a baby!  “DAD BODS” A new study in by Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine that was published in the American Journal of Men’s Health proves that men gain weight after the baby comes home. It appears that dads have less time to exercise and

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The Secret to Why French Women Look So Good After Childbirth

French Women Childbirth Secrets

In a recent article published in the Mommybites.com blog, Physical Therapist and author, Marianne Ryan explains why French women regain their pre-pregnancy figures so much faster then American women after childbirth. Learn how new moms in the US can prevent long term complications and look and feel better faster after childbirth. Pregnancy isn’t all sunshine

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How to Deal With Blocked Milk Ducts

Physical Therapist Marianne Ryan explains what causes blocked milk ducts and mastitis, and offers advice on how nursing mothers can prevent and treat it. A normal part of nursing is experiencing fullness in the breasts, which occurs as the breasts fill up with milk. This can be uncomfortable, but serves as a sign that it

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C-Section Recovery 13 Great Tips

Writer Julie Revelant, a health journalist, interviewed Marianne Ryan PT in an article for FOXNEWS.com that gives 13 tips to use when recovering from a C-Section Delivery. Here is the outline of the tips: Take your prescribed painkillers.  Take probiotics.
 Learn how to care for the incision.
 Ask your provider about massage techniques which can help

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5 Things You Need to Know About Your Postpartum Body

Marianne Ryan was recently interviewed by NY Metro Parents for an article on the subject of “5 things you need to know about your postpartum body” Expert tips on what moms should know about their postpartum bodies So much comes with the territory of getting pregnant. Body changes such as aches and pains, acid reflux, hair

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Sit Ups Really Suck

Why Sit Ups Really Suck Marianne Ryan is a frequent guest on Late Night Health Radio with Mark Alyn – an award winning host and producer. They recently did a 2 part episode entitled “Why Sit Ups Really Suck” which addressed  why sit-ups can actually give you a ‘pooch’ in your lower belly, rather than flattening

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What is Best to Close a C-Section? Staples or Sutures

C Section: Staples or Sutures? An interesting blog article, “Staples vs. Sutures After C-Section” was brought to my attention yesterday. It was written by Nicholas Bakalar and published in the NY Times Well section on July 9, 2014. Click HERE for the article If you are having a C-Section you might want to ask your

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Breastfeeding Made Me Pull My Hamstring

Breastfeeding Made Me Pull My Hamstring Good information on the effects of the breastfeeding hormones for postpartum moms by Caroline Shannon-Karasik. I clenched my teeth as my physical therapist lifted my right leg, slowly moving it to assess my mobility and pain level. It’s February, but the paper that lines the table is clinging to

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Pregnancy Pillows – A Review

Pregnancy Pillows I was recently invited by the Wirecutter website to participate as a product tester for this article on the best pregnancy pillows. I was surprised at how much time was spent doing the research! After more than 30 hours of research and testing, including a session evaluating eight pregnancy pillows with a prenatal

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