When Childbirth Scars Are More Than Skin Deep

When Childbirth Scars Are More Than Skin Deep

Sometimes childbirth scars us, physically and emotionally.

These two kinds of scars seem inseparable from one another.

For me, I didn’t know which one came first, but I knew that as long as my physical issues remained I suffered emotionally.

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Finding a Pelvic Physical Therapist: Where Do I Even Start?

Finding a Pelvic Physical Therapist: Where Do I Even Start?

It took me seven months after giving birth to get myself to see a pelvic physical therapist (PT). But I should have gone much sooner. Perhaps around the six-week postpartum mark.

Instead I suffered more than half a year with a wobbly back, unstable-feeling hips, back and shoulder pain, vaginal heaviness, and incontinence (urinary, gas, and ocassionally fecal). I hoped it would all go away on its own since, well you know, childbirth is natural.

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Make Your Own Ultimate Postpartum Kit

Make Your Own Ultimate Postpartum Kit

Congratulations! You had a baby or you're about to. Your poor awesome bottom is (will be) most definitely sore. In the midst of taking care of that precious little human, don't forget to care for the orifice she came out of. If you didn't already do so, put together a postpartum kit to nurse that vagina and supporting area back to health. Better yet, have someone grab these items for you.

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Why Sex Hurts After Childbirth: Q & A With Jenna Perkins

Why Sex Hurts After Childbirth: Q & A With Jenna Perkins

When women have pain for so long, society has said, that’s an expectation for women, and so many women feel guilty about it and don’t want to talk to their providers. Or when they do come into for their 6-week postpartum, or a couple months after, and things still don’t feel good, they can be “poo-pooed” on. The issue is not really addressed to their satisfaction and that can be discouraging.

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The Personal is Political: On Writing About the Body

The Personal is Political: On Writing About the Body

As long as women are giving birth, the need to support postpartum moms remains. We’re far from ensuring that support, and in the past few years it seems as though access to comprehensive women’s health is increasingly threatened.  

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Seeing a Pelvic Physical Therapist After Giving Birth Should be Our “New Normal”

Seeing a Pelvic Physical Therapist After Giving Birth Should be Our “New Normal”

Going to a physical therapist (PT) after pregnancy and childbirth isn’t standardized care in America, but it absolutely should be.I sat down with three therapists at Body Connect Health & Wellness (where I get treatment) to learn more about why every mom should check in with a pelvic PT at least once after childbirth.

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Rehab for Your Postpartum Vagina. It's a Real Thing, and It Makes a Lot of Sense.

Rehab for the vagina???

Yup. It's just like it sounds. Rehabilitation for your vagina and its surrounding region.

Okay. Perhaps it's a little more involved than I'm letting on. Often times pelvic physical therapy (PT) requires internal work (anal and or vaginal).

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