I started my business when my kids were little and required a lot of my time during the day. It has been a wonderful opportunity for me as it has given me tons of flexibility. Evening classes and personal training fit into our family life. It started off as a part-time gig - something I've done on the side, when time allowed. Over the years, my business has grown, and so have my kids. Life - work balance has shifted as they need me less during the day but more at night with their various activities and my volunteer commitments.
But as my kids and my business grew, I knew it was time to invest and refocus. My first step was becoming a postnatal fitness specialist through the work of Jessie Mundell. Since then the learning has been endless. I have immersed myself in the world of pre and postnatal fitness and have completed Brianna Battles 'Pregnancy and Postpartum Athleticism Course.'
It shocks me that after a woman grows a human being that she is often sent on her way at her 6 week check up. There is very little discussion of pelvic floor dysfunctions. When you compare that to any other surgery - there is typically weeks, if not months of recovery and rehab. But when one has a baby, there is often nothing. And because there is no discussion after the baby is born, there is very little education available to the mother. European countries have had pelvic floor physiotherapy available after birth for years. But yet, in Canada, we are only just now learning about this option. And because the education is not there yet, these topics seem taboo. People are afraid to talk about their diastasis recti, their urinary incontinence or their heaviness or pressure in their pelvic region.
So let me say it here.
It is NOT NORMAL to pee when you sneeze, cough or run.
It is NOT NORMAL to have pain during intercourse.
And it is NOT NORMAL to feel pressure or pain in the pelvic region.
These are all COMMON, but they are not NORMAL.
Pelvic floor Physiotherapists can do an internal exam to determine what the issue is for you. Every woman who has had a baby should make an appointment with a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist. (and if you need help finding one, let me know.)
I am passionate about this because the more I talk about it, the more I hear from women who are experiencing these things and have done nothing about it. Because they are embarrassed about it. OR they didn't know that there were options for them.
I am passionate about this because NINE years after the birth of my son, I took the time to see a pelvic floor physiotherapist and started the rehab process for my urinary incontinence. My dysfunction wasn't huge, but it was there when running. And I just thought it was normal. But its NOT and there are things you can do to fix it.
I am passionate about this because I started intense exercise WAY too soon after both of my children were born because I was in quest of my pre-baby body. I now know there is so much more to motherhood than losing the baby weight. So much more to life than focusing on the scale.
I can help with the healing of the postnatal body. I can help women get back to doing the activities that they love, pain free and symptom free. But it's SO important to rehab and recover the core and pelvic floor FIRST before moving on to more intense exercises. This could be the first couple weeks or months after the baby is born. OR it could be years. Because if the issue wasn't fixed previously, it's most likely still an issue. Postpartum is forever.