For those who had kids a while ago— many months, years, even decades!
Nearly everyone I meet who has given birth tells me the same stories. Sometimes it’s lasting pelvic pain, sometimes incontinence. Often it’s feeling unstable, weak, fragile, broken. The hardest part is what follows— “I guess this is just how it will be now.” I hear these stories from new moms, and from those who had kids years and even decades ago. I too spent years feeling fragile and broken after becoming a mother, as I struggled to find a path to fitness that felt both safe and restorative. These symptoms are extremely common, and yet we are reluctant to address them, perhaps out of embarrassment, perhaps because we think it’s normal.
So here’s the good news: These symptoms are common and absolutely nothing to be embarrassed by or ashamed of. But more importantly: we do not need to accept them as a normal consequence of having kids. My practice is grounded in evidence-based training designed by pelvic health physical therapists, women’s health practitioners, and expert strength trainers who work to prevent and treat pain and physical dysfunction related to pregnancy and birth. I offer fitness training built on a foundation of strength, stability and healing. I partner with my clients to build a trusting, safe relationship, and offer the support and guidance that suits each person best. I consider this trust and partnership to be the compass of my practice.
Whether you gave birth months, years or decades ago, you deserve guidance that honors your body, and a safe, restorative path to fitness. Together we will work on:
- Screening for pelvic floor dysfunction and Diastasis Recti (abdominal separation), and provide referrals as needed.
- Addressing pelvic pain, incontinence, and other concerns either through exercise modifications or collaboration with a pelvic health physical therapist.
- Targeted work to connect your nervous system, core and pelvic floor.
- Learning and integrating postures that keep the pelvis and spine in a neutral and supported position
- Strengthening the posterior chain, deep core, and other specific areas that will keep the pelvis and upper body well-supported, thereby reducing pain and other symptoms
- Focus on building strength and flexibility in your core and pelvic floor to improve stability in all dynamic movement.
- Letting your body guide the pace, and increasing intensity when you feel strong and ready.
- Wellness strategies to help boost nutrition, facilitate sleep, manage stress, and reach your health goals.
- Preparation for more intense activities or return to activities you previously enjoyed, with modifications as needed.
- Ongoing support with your exercise progressions.