By Dr. Allison Feldt, PT, DPT
I’m so excited to share with you that I just had my first work out where I could really push my core and didn’t feel like I was hurting myself. I finally feel like I am getting back some of the innate stability my joints should have. Meaning that my joints aren’t as hypermobile or “loose” like they were during my pregnancy and during postpartum so far. Initially that hypermobility is from relaxin and even though relaxin leaves within 4 days of delivery, the joints take a lot longer to return to normal. [...]
Tonight I sneezed and did not pee!!! I am super pumped about this BECAUSE last week I got hit with a bad bout of allergies. I was sneezing and coughing and my pelvic floor could not sustain this and I was peeing myself every time I sneezed or coughed. I had to even change my pants a few times which I was embarrassed about. I’m a pelvic floor physical therapist, so you would think I would have my core together and my pelvic floor would be super strong! For the most part, it is. However, I have a pelvic organ prolapse and what happens to me when I get a flare up is I occasionally leak, aka pee. [...]
Hi. Dr. Allison Feldt here, and I wanted to share a little philosophy that I have. This is simply food for thought and one of many considerations. I help many pregnant women and what really has been the highlight of a lot of conversations lately is talking about going into labor naturally and on your own. Without being induced. One thing that I think is really important to consider when you are planning to have a delivery is your current work schedule and or end date of working For may moms this is your due date. So, like, say you're due May 23rd. That was the due date with my son. And a lot of women will work up until that exact time.
Incontinence, also known as peeing your pants, is a continuous struggle for thousands of women. Although you may have accepted this as a fact of life for you, what if I told you that this meant you have a dysfunction of one of your essential core muscles? Would that make you care? What if those core muscles determined if you were going to be old in diapers or not? Or in a wheelchair or not? Would that help you care? I meet lots of women who don’t mind that they leak urine. It’s a fact. I mean they still run, CrossFit, Pilates, barre, orange theory and yoga. It doesn't matter. They leak, and they don’t care because it's been happening for so long and they want to maintain their exercise routine since that’s what keeps them “healthy”. However, what is very important to know is that incontinence is a sign of pelvic floor dysfunction. What does that mean? You have a hole in your core. Your core is not functioning in the way it is supposed to.
Healthy Pelvic Floor For A Healthy Life: The Importance Of Healing After Birth. The biggest concern I see with moms and women at my practice stem from not healing and restore their core and body after childbirth. Most women after childbirth get cleared by their MD, midwife or OB at 6 to 8 weeks after delivery. As long as the uterus is done “bleeding” they get cleared to go back to exercise, ease back into the gym, return to intercourse, pretty much they are told to ease back into everything they were doing prior to pregnancy. This is a huge problem. The body is still healing at this point.
This can be scary for most moms. Let's be honest. You grew a human in your belly, aka uterus, which is connected to your cervix which then expands to let the baby out or is cut open to pull the baby out. That may be graphic or hard to hear but birth is real. Both types of deliveries are massive events on a women’s body. Some women have lots of sex during pregnancy, others have very little or none. Whichever category you fall into, thinking about having sex or being intimate after you have just had a human extracted from your body is pretty hard to wrap your head around
Hi. My name is Dr. Allison Feldt, PT, DPT with Body Motion Physical Therapy. I want to go over something that I hear a lot of women talk about. Oftentimes, I'll hear women say they feel like they have a "heaviness in their vagina," "something just feels different down there," "they leak urine or dribble after they're done peeing" and they get up from the toilet seat and they feel like...and they see that they've leaked on the toilet seat or dribbled urine on the toilet seat. Sometimes they'll feel like something is coming out of their body. Women often report queefing, which is like a vaginal noise that comes out of their vagina when they're at, yoga or barre or doing Pilates. One can also experience inability to control urine, which is incontinence. And then, they can also say that they feel like their husband's hitting something when they're having intercourse. These are a couple of the things I hear a lot, and these are all indicative of pelvic organ prolapse. This is when the certain organs start to lose their support inside the body and gently descend.
Hi, my name is Dr. Allison Felt, and I'm a physical therapist and owner of Body Motion Physical Therapy. So, I wanna start by saying going want to talk a little bit about the diastasis recti. And so that's the split abdominal wall and I've touched on this on other videos. But really what I wanna focus on here is that you really don't have to even get one, this is something that can be prevented. Honestly, I think the minute you find out you're pregnant, you should head on over to the physical therapist and they can help you a lot. Identify the muscle that can help prevent you from splitting your abdominals throughout as you grow through pregnancy.
Do you think peeing your pants while you exercise, sneeze, or run to the toilet is normal? I have some great news. This is not normal! Its super common but NOT NORMAL! And there is even something you can do about it!
Hi. All right I'm gonna give you a pelvic floor exercise to do today. So you are simply gonna start by laying on your back, you're gonna engage your lower abdominal muscles, and then you're gonna raise your legs up. This is also good for hamstring flexibility. You are gonna squeeze your toes, you're gonna do that 5 to 10 seconds, let it go. Repeat, squeeze your toes 5 to 10 seconds. You're internally rotating your hips, and this is a nice overflow into the pelvic floor. And if you don't know how to do a Kegel or a pelvic floor muscle contraction, this is an excellent way to get activation.
You could also do a heel squeeze, so squeezing, let it go, heel squeeze, let it go. And again holding 5 to 10 seconds. And this is great for some pelvic floor activation, amazing for developing core stability, and just a really great exercise. Good luck.
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