• Christina Ehrlich

Do Something For You

Ok mommas this is for you! If you haven’t given birth you probably won’t get much from this post.

After having Liv in 2018 I was excited to get back to CrossFit. At my 6 week postpartum appointment the doctor gave me the green light to return to normal life. Normal life? I just gave birth and now I have to care for a tiny human! But ok, back to CrossFit I go! Well it didn’t necessarily feel great but I modified and I just kept going. I kept peeing myself while jumping rope. And I’m not talking a couple drops, pants were soaked!

Well parents you know how time flies! It improved a little bit and before I knew it I was pregnant with Jack. Now at almost 5 months postpartum with Jack I’m finally taking care of myself physically. And no I don’t mean riding the Peloton, I mean taking care of my pelvic floor!

But wait what’s a pelvic floor?

The pelvic floor is a 'sling' of muscles, a bit like a small muscle hammock that runs between the pubic bone in the front, and the tailbone at the back. A woman's pelvic floor muscles support her womb (uterus), bladder, and bowel (colon). That’s a very basic run down to give you the idea!

Women are usually hesitant to talk about these things or we think well we gave birth so it must be normal. Yes postpartum incontinence is common, that doesn’t mean it’s something you have to live with! I am definitely guilty of just dealing with it, but I am finally saying enough is enough. And this goes for any pelvic floor issue!

About 3 weeks ago I reached out to a pelvic floor therapist and we had a great phone call. I told her my issue and she said this can usually be fixed in 2-4 sessions. What?!?! That’s it?!?! Silly me for waiting this long.

Danika Viola is a mom of two! Her little guy and Jack are about a month a part! She owns her own practice called Empower Your Pelvis. A mom who runs her own business? Even better! She is located at the Maternal Wellness Center in Hatboro.

Last week I had my first appointment and I was able to bring Jack along. Good thing because he still thinks he’s in the womb. I felt very comfortable bringing Jack because Danika is a mom also! Thank goodness because she held jack for half of the time but also gave me all the attention I needed! Moms guess what, I actually got a thorough postpartum exam! My kinesiology self was definitely geeking out! But it’s what I was missing from my postpartum appointments! She found some weaknesses that we will focus on in the upcoming weeks!

I can’t wait to go back on Thursday and work on all of our goals!

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