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Pelvic Wisdom From One Mama's Heart

Updated: Jan 12, 2021

As a pelvic PT, I absolutely love what I do. I get the honor of helping women restore their bodies after birth. It’s more than a job. It’s an anointing. It wasn’t until after the birth of my first baby in 2018 that I experienced the fire in my belly about post partum care in this country. While I could rant about all the ways moms are underserved post partum, I choose to create. I chose to create out of my own post partum darkness of chronic pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse, and leaks. I was not ok for a long time, and it affected the way I bonded with my baby, my relationship with my husband, and my entire sense of self. I don’t want it to be that way for any mom. That is my why for creating Dallas Pelvic Health.

Through my tenacious study of biomechanics, anatomy, and physiology I know in intellect and through personal experience that you are not broken after having a baby. Your brilliant body is just communicating to you that it needs intentional, focused touch and exercise.

Your body desires to return to homeostasis and find that place of healing, that place of strength and vitality. Your body desires to meet all the demands of motherhood without pain and dysfunction. I’m here to tell you that not only does your body desire these things, but they are 100% possible with the right guidance. There is so much hope for you mama, and yes you can feel normal again. You can even feel better than normal!

Some things I wish I knew before my first baby…

1) There is a way to prepare your pelvic floor muscles for birth because the muscles can be a stoplight during labor if not functioning properly.

2) You can see a pelvic PT prenatally starting around 30 weeks to start preparing your pelvic floor muscles for birth.

3) Kegels are everywhere in pregnant circles, but most women do them incorrectly and many even do them in a way that promotes dysfunction. Get checked out to see if you’re doing these right!

4) There is a strategic way to give birth naturally by respecting the joint mechanics of your pelvis and hips to maximize pelvic opening. Your body is brilliant, and your baby inside you is even more brilliant. Here is a link to my course that goes into this…

5) You don’t have to do nothing post partum. There are very easy, gentle movements that you can and should do in those first 6 weeks to begin your rehab.

6) You can see a pelvic PT for an internal exam as soon as 6 weeks post partum, and you should not delay. The longer you persist in habits related to weakness or pain the harder it is to break them. Get checked out to get on your healing train faster.

7) With that being said, it is really never too late. I have helped moms in their 50’s and 60’s heal from their births because post partum is forever, but dysfunction doesn’t have to be.

If these words speak to your mom heart, it would be my honor to help you. Find me on social @dallaspelvichealth or if you are local, come say “Hi” to me at The Nest in Addison!

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