Postpartum Ab Guide

This is a comprehensive guide of exercises to perform before, during, or after childbirth.  The authors, who are both licensed Doctors of Physical Therapy, believe that there is a gap for how women can safely return to exercise following pregnancy. Have you complained about abdominal weakness, abdominal separation, low back pain, or pressure coming from unknown origins during or after pregnancy?  If you answered yes to any of those questions, this could be the guide for you!  The goal of this guide is to provide you with exercises to help strengthen your core postpartum and provide education to allow you to better understand what your body goes through, both during and after pregnancy. The guide includes education regarding anatomy/physiology, how pregnancy can affect the musculoskeletal system, toileting positions, urination normals, abdominal separation, and over thirty exercises.


headshot of Taylor Summers PT, DPT DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY, owner and founder of Optimal Movement Rehabilitation and Performance

Taylor Summers PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Taylor Summers is the owner and founder of Optimal Movement Rehabilitation and Performance. Taylor is a St. Louis native who specializes in ACL rehab and has a passion for the weightlifting/crossfit community as well as bridging the gap between rehab and performance for high school and college athletes.

She tore her ACL her junior year of high school, initially sparking the interest in becoming a physical therapist after a long and gruesome rehab process that allowed her to continue to play college soccer at Quincy University.

After playing 4 years of college soccer, Taylor went on to Washington University in St. Louis to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Taylor has extensive training in ACL return to play, video jumping and running analysis, dry needling, and ASTYM (soft tissue mobilization).

Her goal is and has always been to provide exceptional care to clients and patients while helping them achieve all of their goals. She believes in a true holistic rehab process and is passionate about providing clients with all of the education and tools necessary to move smarter, perform better, and live optimally.

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