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.”

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.”

Using Pilates to Lengthen the Pelvic Floor Muscles

When we think of Pilates, we think of controlled movement patterns that work through a range of motion which ultimately come together in a gentle flow with ease and fluidity. The breath adds elements of concentration and precision in the sequencing of the movement. The practice of Pilates emphasizes mindfulness and neutral alignment in order toContinue reading “Using Pilates to Lengthen the Pelvic Floor Muscles”

Endometriosis Basics and The Role of Rehab

Endometriosis is a debilitating disease that impairs the quality of life in adolescent and adult females. We don’t know what causes endometriosis (there are several theories), and often, endometriosis is linked with infertility. Sorry – not exactly the best new of the day. So what is endometriosis? Endometriosis occurs when the inner lining of theContinue reading “Endometriosis Basics and The Role of Rehab”

I’m doing my exercises, but my low back still hurts and I still pee when I sneeze. What am I missing?

Story line: You’re a postpartum woman who is on her game. You’re consistent with your daily exercises, you try to eat well, you manage your stress to the best of your abilities, and you feel like what you’re doing is helping you recover in your postpartum months…for the most part. But there’s this lingering thing.Continue reading “I’m doing my exercises, but my low back still hurts and I still pee when I sneeze. What am I missing?”

The Birth of The Pliable Pelvis

The Pliable Pelvis is a blog for women. A resource. A conversation starter. For women beyond the clinic walls, beyond my home zip code, and beyond the state I live in. This blog is specifically geared toward postpartum moms who are struggling with pelvic girdle pain (PGP), which includes pain in the low back, sacroiliacContinue reading “The Birth of The Pliable Pelvis”

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

When it comes to postpartrum 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?!”