Sustaining Mom and Helping Her Return to Exercise

In both my clinical practice as a Pilates-based pelvic health PT and my virtual health coaching practice as an integrative women’s health coach, the number one reason why women seek my services is to return to exercise postpartum…safely…and sustainably…without any nasty side effects. That’s not too much to ask for, right?! I completely commiserate withContinue reading “Sustaining Mom and Helping Her Return to Exercise”

Why we need more than just “core and pelvic floor” strength to return to postpartum exercise safely…

If you’re postpartum, chances are you (hopefully) have been exposed to the idea that your core and pelvic floor muscles are important in your postpartum recovery. And seeking guidance from a pelvic floor physical therapist is crucial in getting individualized assessments and treatments in order to get you back to your desired exercise activity asContinue reading “Why we need more than just “core and pelvic floor” strength to return to postpartum exercise safely…”

Once Postpartum, Always Postpartum

The 4th trimester is a special time in a woman’s life, only…there’s no definitive length of time that the 4th trimester spans…it’s forever! And a lot goes in the 4th trimester: fluctuations in energy levels, mood, physical & emotional pain, hormone irregularities (um, ever wondered by prenatal & postpartum women grow bangs all of aContinue reading “Once Postpartum, Always Postpartum”

Self Care – Today’s Buzzword

The phrase ‘self care’ seems to be all the rage these days. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing…in fact…it’s a great thing to be talking and hearing about! But are we actually doing it? Do we know what it is? And what does this notion of ‘self care’ look like and feel like to eachContinue reading “Self Care – Today’s Buzzword”

Postpartum Nourishment and Hormone Rebalance

“My doctor said my back pain is normal and that all postpartum woman have pain. I was told it was no big deal, and that it’ll go away on its own. Only it hasn’t. And now it’s getting worse. I am so frustrated that I can’t exercise or even take care of my kids…” “IContinue reading “Postpartum Nourishment and Hormone Rebalance”

Health Coaching – the postpartum support you never new existed

Remember that frustrated feeling you had when you felt like your voice was stifled even though you knew something wasn’t right…? Newsflash: women can be their own healthcare leaders. Women can be trusted to take their health into their own hands, especially when provided with scientifically-backed and evidenced-based options and tools for tapping into their ownContinue reading “Health Coaching – the postpartum support you never new existed”

Gut Feelings

You know that feeling you get when something doesn’t feel quite right? Like something’s off? Maybe you’re noticing the difference in your body’s state when you eat a nourishing meal vs when you eat a quick, less satisfying, and less wholesome meal. OR…maybe…it’s that the pain you’re experiencing seems so intense and just isn’t goingContinue reading “Gut Feelings”

Acupuncture and Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy: A Teamwork Approach

Many women struggling with pelvic floor dysfunctions (ie, urinary incontinence, urinary urgency, constipation, and/or pelvic and low back pain) have been told “Oh, that’s just your age” or “Well, you had a baby. What do you expect?” Contrary to popular belief, there IS a way to be proactive and conservatively manage not just your symptomsContinue reading “Acupuncture and Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy: A Teamwork Approach”

The Inner Critic

If you were to broadcast your inner thoughts out into the world, what would people think? Recently, this question was brought up in a discussion I was having with a postpartum physical therapy client. Such a good question, right?! What would people think of your inner thoughts? Truth be told, my initial inner response toContinue reading “The Inner Critic”

Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Build a Better House

Ladies, you’ve just completed the most athletic endeavor of your entire life (or really the most physically demanding experience that any human can endure): you’ve been pregnant for many months and then gave birth or had a c-section in order to finally hold your baby(ies) in your arms. Let’s just say that during that processContinue reading “Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Build a Better House”