Before moms give birth, many worry about their post-baby bodies; postpartum, they’re bombarded with advice from friends and the media about how to get their pre-birth bodies back. While some moms succeed in morphing back into past proportions–Hollywood stars, most notable among them–a lot of women find their bodies either changed forever or, when standard crunches and exercise fail, unsure how to drop weight and/or diminish mummy tummies.
While none of this is, specifically, a relationship issue, the impact on moms’ marriages can be profound: how we feel about our bodies, how comfortable we are in them, how sexy or unsexy we feel–which includes how we look (or don’t look)–directly affects how we relate to our spouses, how much we invite or repel intimacy, sexual or otherwise, how we respond to compliments or lack thereof.
Meet Lara Catone, a yoga and sexual wellness expert, who has created an exercise program that throws out the shaming approach of so much postpartum exercise info, and offers women a supportive, physiologically-based way to reconnect with and shift their bodies. In fact, as Lara notes in my recent interview with her (see link below), going crazy with crunches can make matters worse for those whose core muscles separated during pregnancy and birth .
I wanted to learn more from Lara about the impact of birth on women’s bodies–yes, yes, I hear some of you yelling: “I’ll tell you about the impact of birth on women’s bodies!!!”–not only to increase understanding, but also to find solutions, and learn more about the effect of all of this on moms’ relationships, while offering advice on what spouses can do to help.
Long way of saying, listen to my interview with Lara (click on the white/green icon on the player to download). Apologies that the audio-interface ain’t pretty, but Lara’s expertise and insights are wonderful!