Why would someone go to Pelvic Health PT while pregnant or postpartum?

I recently went to a party where I didn’t know many people or hadn’t seen them for a long time. Small talk ensued and the common questions of, “what do you do?” “What have you been up to?” were asked. Leading with, “I’m a pelvic health PT and starting a business and working on putting out info about the 4th trimester“ is sure to raise some questions. 

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Client Question: Pregnancy and Deadlifting…

Bump Management and Modifications

Why talk about deadlifting during pregnancy? Have you ever reached across to a car seat to lift a baby or bend and reach over a crib? This motion of a hip hinge and lift is actually very functional for new moms and also can be very difficult.  It requires strength and coordination of muscles that have been stressed and stretched during pregnancy. Also, some mommas love to lift weights as a part of their regular activity, so we need to know how to support and modify this movement for function and for fitness. 

Athlete’s Question:

“I’m still deadlifting, but having upper left abdominal discomfort and cramping during the lift. I also feel like I need to change something up soon with my positioning, like going into sumo, as my bump gets bigger.”

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A Lesson in Your Parts…

As young people with vulvas we may have been taught about our “private parts,” our “hoo ha” or maybe, if the adults in your life were progressive, your vagina. But has anyone talked to you about your vulva?  Here’s a beginner’s version of your body parts, because the first step to communicating with your practitioner or partner is knowing what you are working with.

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3 Keys to Support Pelvic Floor Health Through Athleticism

What if I’m not pregnant and experiencing incontinence?

Your pelvic floor is such a central part of your anatomy and functions in reaction to and in support of our spine, abdominals, hips, glutes and even how we breathe.  So, if you have incontinence with activity, aka stress incontinence, please see a pelvic floor physical therapist for a personal evaluation, this is not just for pregnancy and postpartum.  Also, you are not alone.  So many women suffer with stress incontinence in silence and you can get full resolution with the right treatment.  If you would like help finding someone in your area, please let me know.

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Athlete Question 2: Are backbends safe during pregnancy?

First, I want to pose a question to you.  How would you like to perform or participate in circus arts after pregnancy?  A lot of what we CAN do during pregnancy isn’t unsafe, but does not set us up for optimal long-term athleticism.

Second, I’m not a huge fan of “yes” and “no” lists, but instead support you to perform “informed movement” and then you can decide what’s best for you and your baby.  However, “keep doing what you’ve always done” is not informed advice.   

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Can you CIRCUS during pregnancy?

A direct response to circus artists’ questions about training during pregnancy.

It may seem odd that this is my first pregnancy and postpartum blog post, but let me back up and fill you in on why this makes perfect sense. 

First, @cirquephysio aka Dr. Jen Crane is one of the first people who told me to take my pelvic health knowledge and practice online.  So, it only seems right to provide some myth busting, women’s’ health info for her fierce following. 

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