I’m often working with moms...helping them overcome physical breakdowns that I believe often relate back to lacking resources for postpartum recovery.
Meet Kacie…mom of 3, business owner, entrepreneur, loyal friend, community builder, faithful wife and awesome human! Kacie is a beloved friend of mine as well as client. What I adore most is her unapologetic ability to show up and DO IT! She’s vulnerable, genuine and faces her fears head on by showing up and making things happen!! I LOVE it and am continually inspired.
Here’s a little bit about the first 8 weeks of Kacie’s recent health & wellness journey from Kacie herself:
After 3 kids, 3 c-sections, gall bladder removal, gaining 45-55lbs with each pregnancy, 4 finger gap in my abdominal muscles (diastasis recti), I have finally taken back control of my body & mind! It will never be what it used to, but I am embracing all it has endured! I vowed to myself that by the time I turn 40 in February 2020, I would be in the best shape of my life. (mentally & physically)
My time is limited during the day as a full time...
A friend recently sent me a photo of this magazine advertisement for Poise bladder leak pad, intrigued by the fact that there’s a national ad campaign targeted at young moms with incontinence. I love that Poise is bringing a common, and often taboo, problem out into the open AND providing innovative, new solutions to help women avoid embarrassing moments of bladder leakage. However, I also see this as yet another example of our healthcare system failing to meet the true needs of women’s health.
We know that millions of people worldwide are afflicted with urinary incontinence and that it’s twice as prevalent among women than men. https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/urinary-incontinence While actual statistics vary greatly across studies due to methodological and cultural differences, it is estimated that 1 in 4 adult women in the U.S. experience some form of urinary incontinence. The changes that occur throughout pregnancy and delivery impact the...
If there's a breakdown in muscular stability and support in your body...as is often the case with diastasis recti, incontinence, and many recurring aches and pains (sciatica, neck & shoulder pain, etc.)...the way you breathe might be contributing to the breakdown and preventing forward progress. Check out what happens to the abdomen when you belly breathe vs. Decompression Breathe, as taught in Foundation Training.
Have you ever heard of or been diagnosed with Diastasis Recti? This separation of the abdominals from the central connective tissue is very common during pregnancy and can lead to some pretty serious muscular imbalances throughout the entire body. It is very common to have some degree of Diastasis following a pregnancy and often it resolves on it's own over the following 6-12 months. However, it can persist and sometimes is so severe that it requires medical attention. The bummer is that most practitioners never check for this or alert us of the possibility of its existence. As a result, many women (myself included) resume our normal routines only to suffer from symtoms like sciatica, low back or neck/shoulder pain.
We sometimes fall into the mindset of, "it must be part of being a mom." I know this happened to me. I just accepted the periodic episodes of pain that would knock me down for a day or two at a time. Then I learned how to muscularly stabilize my diastasis and boy did...