No, it’s not because I am a physical therapist, but yes I am a physical therapist. I am a mom. And I am proud to be part of a group of superwomen whose bodies have the capacity to grow little humans, push them out of our vaginas or get them ripped out of our bellies, and then miraculously find the energy to get up and immediately pour our heart and soul into keeping these tiny humans alive. Meanwhile we go through such a critical time of healing with literally no guidance on what the heck to do. This is unacceptable!
I am now almost exactly one-year post-partum with my second daughter. My girls are exactly four years apart, could not be completely different, and my post-partum journeys with each of them couldn’t be different either. It has taken me four years to muster up the courage to write this blog and spread the word that I want to help women after they have a baby and I now feel confident enough to say that I have gained the skills and knowledge to start that process. Let me take you on a short journey of how I got here, which is of course after my personal experience with recovery after having two children. As a fellow mom, you know we all love in some way to share our experience with pregnancy and childbirth because for one, it’s insane and two it’s like a badge of honor to say, “Yeah that happened”. I will try to keep it short.
My first daughter- she arrives VERY quickly at full term after months (really years) of infertility treatments and months of bedrest. I had her naturally, no epidural, no clue how to push, end up having an episiotomy and she shoots out of me like a torpedo ripping me from one end to the other and end up with a spinal block and 1 hour of surgery to stitch me back together. That was fun. Should I be worried? That’s a lot of stitches down there, I can’t even sit! No change in post-partum plan. “6 week follow up is all you need and you’ll be back to your old self again in no time”- says the man in the mask. NOT. Nothing feels the same or quite right. I give myself some extra time to heal, start walking and then try to go back to my old workout classes to get my “core” and “pre-baby body” back in shape. It was terrible, all I would feel after the workout was more pain in my pelvic floor. So like any person does, I just stopped because it just didn’t feel right and then I just stopped working out all together. Fear avoidance is what we call that in the PT world. So then I decide it’s a good idea to have another baby (amnesia is real) while one male “lady doctor” literally told me I must be a glutton for punishment. No I just want another baby, that’s all.
Second daughter- she’s a planned c-section, of course, because who in their right mind would try to push a baby out of that disaster that happened? And now I have this really interesting bellybutton that doesn’t go back in and this Frankenstein scar across my bikini line.
In hindsight, I first and foremost had no idea what to do and had no guidance on what is normal or abnormal, and I’m a Physical Therapist!! I know a heck of a lot about the body but I had no clue on what to do post-partum. I did it all backwards. I was trying to work on my core when my pelvic floor was a mess and then I basically gave myself a hernia in my belly button trying to do it. Then my second comes around and is a c-section and now I’m more focused on my pelvic floor and have all this weakness in my core. But now, I understand. I have more education and I have so much more to learn but I would love to share with you what I know and help you on your journey as a mom. I have become a Certified Post-Partum Corrective Exercise Specialist. I now understand what an appropriate progression is for a post-partum mom whether you had a vaginal delivery or a c-section. I understand when it’s safe and appropriate to return to running; how to optimize your posture and positioning with holding, wearing, lifting and nursing your baby; how to heal a diastasis; why you are leaking when you jump on that box during your CrossFit workout; and why my pelvic floor hurt so bad when I was doing those crunches in Barre class.
I want to empower women to carry your new post-baby body in the best capacity you can. I want to tell you that it is not ok that we pee when we jump on the trampoline with our kids. Wearing a corset and doing crunches is not going to heal your diastasis. That nagging lower back pain and belly pooch doesn’t have to be your new norm. And lastly, it’s not too late! You can work on this anytime—6 weeks if cleared, 6 years, 26 years later. I would love to help prevent the cascade of women aging with prolapse and incontinence and not accept it as the norm.
If you or any of your fellow mommy friends have:
Physical Therapy can help and I am a Physical Therapist and fellow mom that is here for you! Please come see me (Free 20 minute in person consult!) if you are living with these problems because, you don’t have to. I take most insurances (Inquire about cost and availability here!), many insurances don’t even require a doctor’s referral for therapy these days, but check with your plan. I offer reasonable cash pay rates and free 20-minute phone consultations to see if PT is a good fit for you at this time.
Nick was so attentive to my needs and he structured his schedule to fit mine. My therapy was focused on my strengths and weaknesses; therefore, my recovery time was much shorter than expected. I highly recommend Nevada Physical Therapy for any lingering pain you may be experiencing.Read More Reviews
I cannot say enough positive things about this place. Came in with an ACL injury. I spent a few weeks working with jonathan. His evidence-based approach and motivational ability was really really inspiring. He helped me get back to normal and then some!Read More Reviews
DAKOTA EZELL is at the top of MY list as a highly skilled, intuitive, present professional who values and treats me as a whole person, not just someone to fill a time slotRead More Reviews
The best Physical Therapy place I have ever visited. Rare to see an emphasis on finding the best method to improve injury instead of giving everyone the same plan. But the best part about this place is it's approach to well being during and after PT.Read More Reviews
I was referred to Brian Fearnley by someone with significant credibility. I consider working with Brian a huge stroke of luck. This specific 'PT' is increasing my recovery potential a hundred fold. Brian knows his stuff. He is well versed in PT. He has athletic history at UNR and is active in our local community. He is clearly in this profession to help people recover and get under their own power.Read More Reviews
After two plus years of hip pain, three other physical therapists, quarterly injections and no relief, Crista made the pain go away! If I could give her and this practice 10 stars I'd do it!Read More Reviews
As a professional athlete, injuries can make or break a career. Luckily, in my case, I had Nevada Physical Therapy on my side. Not only did they physically help me recover from a meniscus surgery, but they provided the best emotional support you could ask for in such a difficult time.Read More Reviews
Phenomenal. I had some brutal injuries that resulted in four surgeries and seriously disrupted my life. There can be no doubt that the quality of life I enjoy today was a direct result of working with Nevada Physical Therapy.Read More Reviews
I attended Nevada Physical Therapy for my post surgery physical therapy and have nothing but great things to say. For any of you reading this, this place is by far the best physical therapy place I have ever attended with exceptional staff. I had the pleasure to work with Dakota who is extremely knowledgeable, patient and would go above and beyond to make sure you're taken care of.Read More Reviews