Who’s In Your Tribe?

If you’ve been keeping up with the blog, you’ve been hearing a lot about pelvic floor PT. Not only is that my personal/professional bias (since I am one!) but pelvic floor PT is also growing in its level of popularity in order to better serve and care for postpartum women (check out this TED talk).Continue reading “Who’s In Your Tribe?”

Speed Peeing and JIC’ing: Bladder Habits Gone Rogue

Whether you’re a mother x 1, 2 or 3 (or more) kiddos, you know your days of using the bathroom alone are limited. Either someone is staring at you while you’re doing your business or your littles are banging on the door waiting for you to come out. Many habits change for postpartum moms becauseContinue reading “Speed Peeing and JIC’ing: Bladder Habits Gone Rogue”

I’m constipated and afraid to mention it. Is it normal to not poop postpartum?!

When it comes to postpartum bowel dysfunction, mum’s the word. Our bowels just don’t get the attention they deserve. As postpartum women, you are either shy to mention your bowel habits or you’ve been told “Oh, that’s just normal. It’s a part of the process!” We’ve come too far enough in the field of women’sContinue reading “I’m constipated and afraid to mention it. Is it normal to not poop postpartum?!”

What is ‘Pelvic Girdle Pain’?

This question may be on your mind if you’ve been reading this blog or if you’ve been struggling with pain somewhere ‘down there’. One of my dear friends, whom I’ve known since childhood (6th grade to be exact) just had a baby several months ago. And she posed this question to me after I askedContinue reading “What is ‘Pelvic Girdle Pain’?”

Your pelvic floor muscles are 30% sprinters, 70% marathoners. Part 2.

If you caught up with us in part 1, you may be nodding your head thinking “oh, well that makes sense. I’ve definitely tried kegels here and there but I’m still leaking, my back still sort of hurts, and my vagina still doesn’t feel right.” In part 1, we chatted about what it means toContinue reading “Your pelvic floor muscles are 30% sprinters, 70% marathoners. Part 2.”

Your pelvic floor muscles are 30% sprinters, 70% marathoners. Part 1.

That’s right. Your pelvic floor muscles are 30% fast twitch fibers and 70% slow twitch fibers. That means doing traditional kegels is really only getting 30% of function (think: sort of like using sprints to train for a marathon…which seems silly doesn’t it?!). And let’s be real. Many days or weeks in a postpartum mother’sContinue reading “Your pelvic floor muscles are 30% sprinters, 70% marathoners. Part 1.”

“It’s up to everyone…”

“It’s up to all of us – Black, white, everyone – no matter how well meaning we think we might be, to do the honest uncomfortable work of rooting it out. It starts with self-examination and listening to all those lives who are different from our own. It ends with justice, compassion, and empathy thatContinue reading ““It’s up to everyone…””

Rest for the Weary

If we were to poll all you new moms out there, the vast majority of you would say that sleep deprivation is one of the hardest parts about becoming a mother. It’s probably tied for first place with the challenge of having a new postpartum body. Not only is getting exercise difficult because your bodyContinue reading “Rest for the Weary”

My OB said I can start exercising. So I did. But my pelvis feels like an alien and I pee everywhere. What do I do? Part 2 of 2.

In part 1 of this blog series, we laid out an all-too-common scenario that postpartum mothers face when they are ready to return to exercise. We discussed individual pre/postnatal considerations, risk factors, and sign/symptoms to watch for when returning to exercise. So, as promised, part 2 highlights what you CAN do in those first 3Continue reading “My OB said I can start exercising. So I did. But my pelvis feels like an alien and I pee everywhere. What do I do? Part 2 of 2.”

My OB said I can start exercising. So I did. But my pelvis feels like an alien and I pee everywhere. What do I do? Part 1 of 2.

Let’s set the stage. You’ve finally gotten to that ‘magic’ 6 week mark, and you’re excited to have your OB follow up. You know that you’re ready to keep moving on with your life (especially getting back to exercise), but you have some concerns in doing so. You definitely have questions about what to do,Continue reading “My OB said I can start exercising. So I did. But my pelvis feels like an alien and I pee everywhere. What do I do? Part 1 of 2.”