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Preparing For A Vaginal Birth After Tearing Or Episiotomy

Preparing For A Vaginal Birth After Tearing Or Episiotomy

In an ideal world, no birthing person would suffer vaginal or perineal trauma during birth, either spontaneous or by episiotomy. The reality is, these things do occur and can be quite traumatizing. If you are among those that has had to recover from a vaginal/perineal tear or episiotomy, the thought …

Things to Expect in Early Postpartum

9 Things to Expect in Early Postpartum: Emotionally and Physically

Becoming a new mom is such an exciting time! You’ve just completed such an incredible feat by giving birth, and you got to meet your incredible new bundle of joy. But, are you prepared for the first few weeks of postpartum? Not everyone is ready for what comes next as …

Fitness Adaptations While Trying to Conceive

Fitness Adaptations While Trying to Conceive

One season of the motherhood transition is preconception and/or trying to conceive. It is important to know that everything affects everything and the way we intentionally eat, think, and move plays a part in conception.   So how does a woman who is actively trying to conceive approach this?   …

Train for Birth

Train for Birth

As the mama of a toddler and also pregnant with number two, I am constantly staying active. My goal for exercising while pregnant isn’t to race in a 5K or marathon, lift heavy things, or even reach new fitness goals; it’s to train for birth. Birth is a mental and …

Sex During Pregnancy

Sex During Pregnancy

Can I have sex during pregnancy? This is such a common question for women and their partners when they first get pregnant. Sexual connection can be an important part of our lives. It leads to connection, intimacy, bonding, improvement in self-esteem, and trust.  In the beginning of your pregnancy, it …

Symphysis Pubis Pain

Symphysis Pubis Pain aka “Lightning Crotch” or Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy

Symphysis pubis pain is un-affectionately known as lightning crotch. It’s that feeling that 20% of pregnant women know all too well—the sharp and sudden pain deep in their pelvis. The feeling of their pelvis shearing, pain that can stop a mama mid-step or leave her gasping for air trying to …

Working with Pelvic Health PTs

Working with Pelvic Health PTs: Connecting Professions

This blog is specifically for physical therapists, chiropractors, personal trainers, and coaches. I have an idea: Let’s stop channeling our old professors/instructors, admit that we need each other, and change the world, one pelvic floor at a time!   If you belong to one of the aforementioned professions, at some …

Sex After Baby: Pleasure Yourself First

Sex After Baby: Pleasure yourself first

Returning to sex after baby is as unique as each birth experience itself and an area women and men need to be educated on during the prenatal period. Let’s be honest, right after baby is born there are a million new things to navigate, so making sex after baby part …

Slow Is Fast

How Slow is Fast Worked for Me

When I began participating in high-intensity group functional fitness classes in the fall of 2014, I knew my husband and I wanted to start a family in the next year or so. Indeed, part of my reasoning for a new exercise routine was to prepare my body for a healthy …

What is IAP?

What is IAP?

Key Differences between IAP regulation, Valsalva, and Bearing Down One thing active pregnant mamas constantly hear is to be careful not to increase intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) because it will cause a diastasis or pelvic floor disorders. This is most common in the mamas who lift and exercise during pregnancy. While …