Our midwives and our ob/gyns take magnificent care of us while we are pregnant. And then we have our babies and *poof*, there are no weekly or even monthly appointments to check-in on progress anymore. No dedicated time to answer questions about our own bodies or even babies development.
It can be a challenging transition for the best of us. As a pelvic floor therapist (and a mom!) I've thought long and hard about how we can make this transition easier on moms. How can we provide education to help answer the myriad of questions about a moms changing body?
I've created two free educational guides that I hope midwives, ob/gyns, nurses, and doulas can give women to help fill the gap of conversation and hands on care we receive postnatally.
My two guides, "Caring For Your Back, Core, and Pelvic Floor: Your First Few Weeks Postpartum" and now "Heal Your C-section and Perineum Scar: Self Care Tips" is my attempt to bridge the gap between delivering our baby and helping expedite recovery and proper use of our bodies I order to connect to our deep core.
I've always been perplexed about why the assessment for women post c-section stops at "it healed well; it looks good." What about the way it feels? What about the emotional experience of how I had my baby? The low abs (where the incision occurs) goes directly through our true core (transversus abdominus) and right above our bladder and uterus. This is a part of of our body that must be able to move. Adhesions (sticky fascia that forms beneath a scar) can affect our ability to correctly use our low abs. It can also stick to the bladder and uterus (two organs that must be able to move to function well).
After knee or hip surgery, it's standard practice to recommend rehab (which includes scar mobility). Why is this not standard for a mom who's had a c-section?
I want to change that. My latest guide "Heal Your C-section and Perineum Scar: Self Care Tips" will help start this conversation and give moms a tangible tool to help heal themselves. What we do in early days on recovery can have profound impact on our experience in our bodies for our lifetime.