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Supported Mums Blog

All these blog posts are for new mums who want reliable information and effective exercises to help bring their body back after giving birth.  There is professional advice and great signposts for fixing bladder, bowel, abdominal and pelvic floor problems.  Here are all the articles in the the order they were written or you can jump straight to a category to suit you from the menu bar.

Or to read posts in topic categories use the headings in the menu bar 

Best way to start tummy exercises – lie on your side!

By Amanda Savage | Sep 3, 2019

Are you starting out on your post-baby journey – the place where you are not sure you have necessarily even got any abdominal muscles left? Or did you find them again but now you are having one of those days where you feel heavy and bloated and like you can’t hold them in? In this … Continue reading Best way to start tummy exercises – lie on your side!

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Bladder support devices to reduce stress urinary incontinence: how do they work?

By Amanda Savage | Sep 2, 2019

Add extra support to your bladder from the inside [updated August 2019] Strengthening your pelvic floor is still first prize for bladder leakage problems.  But what if you cannot create enough strength and support for the bladder with your pelvic floor muscles alone? You may benefit from one of the modern devices that tries to … Continue reading Bladder support devices to reduce stress urinary incontinence: how do they work?

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Bladder leaks when running? 6 discreet ways to keep dry and avoid a VPL

By Amanda Savage | Aug 27, 2019

What do you do if you worry about bladder leaks when running? Or at the gym, your exercise class, or playing with your children ?? Mums I meet in clinic tell me that they are avoiding events that require them to look “sporty”.  They worry about a VPL if they wear normal figure hugging gym … Continue reading Bladder leaks when running? 6 discreet ways to keep dry and avoid a VPL

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Why self-care is a revolutionary act: advice from a life coach

By Amanda Savage | Dec 15, 2018

Guest post by:  Lavinia Brown aka BoboMama Cambridge is a wonderfully small place.   I am delighted to host a post specially written for you by Lavina Brown, a local Life Coach.  Lavinia came to my antenatal pilates class a few years ago.  Now, like many women, she has returned to her work with a change … Continue reading Why self-care is a revolutionary act: advice from a life coach

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How much should you drink in a day? and How do you decide when to have a wee?

By Amanda Savage | Jun 6, 2018

Really, these two questions shouldn’t cause so much trouble – but they do Other health and hygiene questions are easy:  How often should you clean your teeth?   Wash your hair?  Change your pants? These two bladder questions – How much should you drink? and When should you wee? are full of issues Frequently asked questions Does … Continue reading How much should you drink in a day? and How do you decide when to have a wee?

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Can I run yet? 10 things to check before you take your post-baby body for a run

By Amanda Savage | May 18, 2018

  Can I run yet?  is a popular request from postnatal mums in  physio clinic. Before you dash out that door, use this postnatal checklist to make sure that your body is primed and ready for a successful, rewarding and injury free run.   Download a printable of the 10 checks here. We all love running … Continue reading Can I run yet? 10 things to check before you take your post-baby body for a run

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My favourite standing pelvic floor exercise, ever

By Amanda Savage | Jan 5, 2018

This is absolutely my favourite standing pelvic floor exercise.   I love that it anchors you to the spot with a quick little routine to stop you getting distracted part way through.  Honestly takes 35 seconds but pings your pelvic floor muscles awake.  Little and often improves muscle memory, reaction times, and encourages quick muscle … Continue reading My favourite standing pelvic floor exercise, ever

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Vaginal cones: a modern girl’s guide to the ancient art of pelvic floor weights

By Amanda Savage | Sep 28, 2017

Vaginal cones and weights; relatively cheap and a good way to progress your pelvic floor training Vaginal cones and weights are a very different concept to electronic devices. They are cheaper and more accessible for most people.  However, there is a bit of a knack to using them correctly.   They are particularly good for … Continue reading Vaginal cones: a modern girl’s guide to the ancient art of pelvic floor weights

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The Knack: my No 1 piece of physio advice for new mums

By Amanda Savage | Jun 21, 2017

I still clearly remember  when I helped a client stop leaking in just one week by teaching her the Knack – and she was FURIOUS. Sarah came to physio with the problem of urinary stress incontinence, leaking urine when she coughed and sneezed. It had been happening since her second son was born……….17 years before. … Continue reading The Knack: my No 1 piece of physio advice for new mums

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