A c – section is considered a major operation and recovery should be treated as such. Although the actual abdominal muscles aren’t cut the linea alba (the outer covering of the abdominal muscles) is separated and not stitched back together. Surgery involving the abdominal area can take time to heal and the general advice is no heavy lifting or strenuous activity for at least 6 weeks, which of course depends on pain levels and the individual. You will also have a scar which needs time to heal and repair, there is a high risk of infection of c – section scars so the area needs to be looked after. To be on the safe side I always advise my clients to wait 12 weeks before commencing exercise after a c – section. Exercise must be gradual and appropriate, pilates is the best exercise to start with to help realign the abdominals and strengthen the pelvic floor.
Food allergies affect 6 – 8% of children under the age of 5 and 3 – 4% of adults. Children with food allergies usually grow out of the allergy by the age of 3, unless the allergy is to fish or nuts. A food allergy is the body reacting abnormally to a specific food. Symptoms of an allergy may only take a few minutes to appear after consumption or may take several hours, this depends on the individual and the food eaten. Symptoms will also vary between each individual but include; wheezing, difficulty in breathing, itchy skin rashes, hives, diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pains, swelling of the month and throat and possible anaphylactic shock which is potentially life threatening. Individuals with severe allergies will carry an epipen which contains epinephrine to reduce the symptoms of anaphylaxis.
Common foods that can cause an allergic reaction are; nuts, shellfish, eggs, soya, milk, sesame seeds, wheat, alcohol, yeast and some fruits and vegetables. A milk allergy affects up to 2.5% of infants, 85% of infants will grow out of this allergy by the age of 5, however they are more at risk of developing other food allergies if they suffered a milk allergy when younger, 10% of milk allergy suffers will also be allergic to beef.
Wheat allergies are rare but can affect both adults and children, usually children will outgrow the allergy by the age of 5.
Approximately 0.6% of people have a peanut allergy, children do not grow out of this allergy therefore it is the most common adult allergy. Peanut allergies are associated with life threatening allergic reactions.
Soya bean allergies are rare only affecting 0.3% of children which is outgrown at a young age.
Egg allergies are the most common allergies in children affecting 2.5%, they maybe allergic to the egg white, the yolk or both parts, they usually grow out of the allergy by the age of 5 but are more susceptible to developing asthma.
If a child is allergic to fish they will have this allergy for life, a fish allergy can be either shellfish, fish or both.
Fruit allergies are rare, the fruits that cause problems are cucumber, pumpkin, watermelon, melon and courgette (the cucurbitaceous family). Kiwi fruits are another known fruit allergy, this allergy is more sever than other allergies and those with this allergy may also have problems with bananas and avocados. Peaches, apples and pears may are other fruit allergies.
Vegetable allergies are known but rare, these include potatoes which are worse if eaten raw and carrots, with carrot allergies symptoms will be experienced as soon as the carrot is placed in the mouth.
If you are experiencing pain in the pelvis, the pubic bone, the lower back, inner or outer thigh, the glutes, the groin or the hip flexors you maybe experiencing pelvic girdle pain (PGP), read last weeks blog for more info http://varietyfitness.co.uk/?p=1205.
The first thing you should avoid if experiencing PGP is lifting heavy objects, the weight of the objects increases the strain placed on the hips and pelvis causing further pain. You will also need to avoid sitting cross legged as this position aggravates the pain and can encourage pubis symphisis disorder/ dysfunction (SPD – excessive movement of the pubis symphisis), wide leg movements will also aggravate SPD and should therefore be avoided. Avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time, perform daily tasks seated when necessary but be sure to get up and move around from time to time.
It is still possible to exercise when suffering from PGP/ SPD you will just need to adapt certain exercises. Your squats will become narrower and less deep, lunges again will need a narrower stance, side lying exercises will need a cushion between the legs, seated cross legged will require the legs to come out straight in front. All pilates exercises can be adapted if you are suffering with PGP/ SPD and will help strengthen and may reduce the pain.