PostnatalWomens Health

NEW MOMS ABS STUDY RESULTS: Simple Post-Baby Routine Helps Restore and Strengthen Moms Abs

By March 13, 2014 No Comments
Ab Exercise Postnatal Active Moms Club

Active Moms’ Club, has been collaborating with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, the National leader in women’s health rehabilitation, on a groundbreaking new study: Rectus Diastasis and Post-Partum Recovery of Core Abdominal Muscles.

The study included participants from AMC’s very own “From the Core: Postnatal Recovery” class. RIC collected data from over 40 women. The data will be submitted to RIC’s statisticians, and the results will be forth coming in a few months.

Active Moms Club Strong Abdominal Muscles

Photo credit: Netter’s Atlas of Human Anatomy

The preliminary results are in, and our targeted exercises for deep abdominal muscles help to restore overall core strength.

    • 41 women have participated in the study
    • Roughly 35% of the women have an abdominal wall separation
    • The ultrasound assessments show an increase in muscle fiber density in the majority of ALL participants (increase density = increase strength)
    • A few women achieved up to a ONE centimeter increase in their muscle fiber density
    • Four women have closed/healed their abdominal wall separation
    • ALL the women who participated in the Core class agree they have an obvious increase in their core strength AND overall strength, and experience less lower back discomfort

We owe a special thank you to RIC for choosing to collaborate with AMC, and to their commitment to women’s health. And, to our moms who choose to make their wellness a priority, thank you for your participation. We look forward to learning more about the results, and to use this information to continue to enhance AMC’s programming.

Spring schedule for “From the Core: Postnatal Recovery” class:

    • March 11 – April 17 , 2014 | Tuesdays & Thursdays 11am (TWO spots left)
    • April 22 – May 29, 2014 | Tuesdays & Thursdays 11am
    • June – TBA

All classes are held at i.d. gym in Lincoln Park. Moms should be at least six weeks and less than six months postpartum to participate in class, and have clearance from their healthcare provider to resume an exercise program. Oh, and the best part…you get to bring your baby to class!

Are you a new mom? Join us, and reap the benefits for yourself. To learn more and to register, go to Active Moms’ Club website.