What They Don’t Tell You
Just like no one really tells you what it’s like to have a newborn (Why didn’t anyone TELL me that poop seeps out of her diaper when I’m feeding her? Why didn’t anyone TELL me how exhausting and hard the first few days…weeks…months?…would be?), no one tells you what REALLY happens to your body after going through the physical trauma of giving birth. Now, please don’t get me wrong. Pregnancy and birth are miracles in their own right. The pure blessing of having a baby is just indescribable. Truly a gift to be thankful for. Heck, I’ve been so enamored with the whole process that I’ve intentionally sought out the blessing not one, not two, but three times.
But make no mistake…it is a physically taxing experience for your body and birthing injuries are incredibly common. Did you know that your pelvic floor muscles can be so weakened by pregnancy and birth that parts of the pelvic floor (uterus, rectum, bladder, etc.) can start to sag down into the vaginal canal and even through the opening? Incontinence, or the inability to hold urine (even if it is just a drop), is one of the most common birthing injuries. Pain is also very common, with causes ranging from scar tissue to spasms. These are just a few of the possible injuries and I’m certainly not bringing light to them to scare you. Quite the opposite. I want you to know that you are not alone. If one of these things happens to you, you are in good company.
There’s a 4th Trimester??
Birthing injuries are becoming increasingly recognized by the medical community. The 4th Trimester Project is a groundbreaking study coming from (my Alma Mater…yes, I may be biased) UNC Chapel Hill. For two years they’ve been looking into postpartum care. They are finding that mothers aren’t typically aware of potential complications, they are too embarrassed to discuss their symptoms and they have no idea there are treatments available. The six-week follow-up is a pitiful attempt to address any postpartum issues, and it isn’t enough.
Sisters, you deserve better!! Not only do you deserve better, your body requires it. Moms, no matter if it is your first, second, third…11th child, your body has to be fully functioning in order for you to be the mom you have to be. Life requires so much from you, the least you can ask for is the ability to hold your pee until you reach the toilet, keep your organs where they belong and be intimate with your partner pain-free! Right?!
There is a solution
Pelvic Floor Therapy is a conservative, yet effective way to treat difficulties that arise due to impaired relaxation, coordination, strength, or injury of the pelvic floor muscles and the surrounding soft tissue, joints and organs. The initial evaluation includes a thorough review of your symptoms, postural assessment, lower extremity and core strength testing, and the use of surface electromyography (biofeedback) to evaluate the tone and coordination of your pelvic floor muscles. At OptimaLiving Therapy & Pelvic Health Center, we have chosen to specialize in women’s health. If you are having any of these symptoms, we have a program to address it. Learn more by clicking the links below: