The fascia and the pelvic floor provide support for the urethra. The excess force of uncoordinated pushing can result in weaker pelvic floor muscles several months after birth. Weakness in pelvic floor muscles is associated with incontinence.
During birth, the pelvic floor muscles are resilient enough to adapt and lengthen tremendously, if they have the opportunity and are supported and nourished.The fascia attaches to the bone & helps support the urethra, vagina & rectum by wrapping around these passages. Once the fascia is stretched or torn, it doesn't heal like it was before.
As a birth doula and childbirth educator, I am passionate about educating and providing evidence-based information to my students and clients.I created my signature classes Pushing Power - 2nd Stage Labor & The Pelvic Floor for pregnant people to learn ahead of time how to push safely and effectively and protect their pelvic floor for birth. And Protect the Perineum for Birth! for Professionals so that they can help their patients prepare for an optimal birth experience and full recovery postpartum.
Watch out for symptoms (pain in the perineal area beyond stitches healing, pain with inserting anything or intercourse or feeling heaviness down there or leaking during movement or sneezing). Don't push through!I always refer to a pelvic floor physical therapist if my client has pain or symptoms or if something just doesn’t feel right.
I help my clients retrain their pelvic floor muscles to adapt to dynamic real-life situations. Movement is the medicine. Develop variety and resilience through exercise.
THESE 6 SIMPLE THINGS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE TO YOUR HEALING;
I want to remind the mom's reading this; that you are strong and adaptable.You can work with this. There are people who can help and you are not alone.
Originally from South Africa, I studied yoga in Los Angeles and after I became certified, I started teaching prenatal yoga in New York. After being invited by some of my students to attend their births, I became certified as both a doula and a childbirth educator. I was invited by Erica Lyon, owner of Realbirth, New York City’s first comprehensive childbirth education and postpartum center, to teach Childbirth Education, Newborn Basics and Postpartum Recovery. I have been assisting expecting families in the New York Metro area since 2003 and draw from my vast experience when teaching and assisting my clients.
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