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How to Treat Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy

How to Treat Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy

You’ve likely discovered that pregnancy isn’t all unicorns, rainbows, and “You’re positively glowing!” As if “morning” sickness, tender breasts, and round ligament pain weren’t enough, pregnancy can also be a real pain in the butt. Literally. Yes, my friends, today...

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All About Postpartum Belly Binding

All About Postpartum Belly Binding

Have you ever heard of using postpartum belly binding during your immediate postpartum recovery? Over the course of your pregnancy, your body changes shape and makes room for your growing little one. Then, in postpartum, your muscles and organs literally shift around...

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Round Ligament Pain Stretches to Use Right Now

Round Ligament Pain Stretches to Use Right Now

Round ligament pain is a common occurrence during pregnancy and can make normal activities a minefield of discomfort. Listed below are some round ligament pain stretches to relieve you. What Does Round Ligament Pain Feel Like? Round ligament pain most often feels like...

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Period Tips from a Pelvic Floor Therapist

Period Tips from a Pelvic Floor Therapist

I was ten years old the day I got my first period. My mom handed me a maxi-pad and a book about menstrual cycles and said, "Let me know if you have questions." And that was it. There were no conversations about options for menstrual care, and my menstrual products...

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Your Guide to Working Out With an Overactive Pelvic Floor

Your Guide to Working Out With an Overactive Pelvic Floor

If you suspect or have been told that you have an “overactive” pelvic floor, this means that the pelvic floor muscles tend to contract more than is necessary, resulting in excessive pelvic floor muscle tension, similar to ‘tight shoulders’. Causes of an overactive...

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How menopause affects the pelvic floor

How menopause affects the pelvic floor

You probably know that menopause presents a whole new set of changes in someone’s life. We talk about hot flashes, sleep issues, and mood swings, but did you know that the health of your pelvic floor and menopause are absolutely connected? Changes in hormones can lead...

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Does Sex Hurt? 6 Tips to Help Reduce Pain.

Does Sex Hurt? 6 Tips to Help Reduce Pain.

Sex should be enjoyable, pleasurable, and painless. It should not be painful… (unless you want it to be). If you experience pain, you may be wondering what’s normal, what’s not and what can help?   Painful sex, also known as dyspareunia, is a common diagnosis with up...

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Is your Pelvic Floor Too Tight?

Is your Pelvic Floor Too Tight?

Many women and men have overactive or tense pelvic floor muscles and kegels and tightening exercises can make matters worse, especially during pregnancy and postpartum. Your pelvic floor may be too tight or tense if you have peeing or pooping issues, have pain with sex, or have any pelvic pain. Here’s what you can do about a too tight pelvic floor.

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Considering a Vaginal Birth After a C-Section? Here’s What You Need to Know

Considering a Vaginal Birth After a C-Section? Here’s What You Need to Know

What exactly is a VBAC? VBAC stands for vaginal birth after cesarean and is a delivery option for mothers who have had a cesarean delivery prior to their current pregnancy. While vaginal birth after cesarean was not always thought of as a safe option for moms, the most recent research shows that VBAC can be a great option when the patient is an appropriate candidate.

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Recovery after Cesarean Birth

Recovery after Cesarean Birth

April is Cesarean Awareness Month! You may be wondering, do I need pelvic floor therapy if I’ve had a cesarean birth? Do I need to massage my scar? Can I work on my scar even if it has been a few years? What about a VBAC?

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Pubic Symphysis Pain After Birth

Pubic Symphysis Pain After Birth

Pubic symphysis separation (or pubic symphysis diastasis) is defined as the widening of the pubic joint of more than 10 mm and is considered a complication of vaginal childbirth or pregnancy. Is there anything you can do?

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Mardi Gras Tinkle Tips!

Mardi Gras Tinkle Tips!

Mardi Gras 2022 is FINALLY HERE! We can’t wait to indulge the revelry of the next week. And though we love the glitter, king cake, and spirit of New Orleans during Mardi Gras, we can’t forget the difficulties around a lack of bathroom access that comes with each carnival season. Fear not, here are our favorite bladder and tinkle tips to keep your pelvic floor happy while out there on the route!

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Returning to Crossfit After a Baby

Returning to Crossfit After a Baby

We often get questions in our clinic and on social media about when it is safe to return to HIIT like Crossfit after having a baby. That is often a hard question to answer, or rather there are many factors that go into that answer. Here, we break it down.

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Pelvic Physical Therapists On Running After Having A Baby

Pelvic Physical Therapists On Running After Having A Baby

As more pelvic health research is conducted and outcomes are gathered, guidelines will be updated and expanded so that healthcare providers have the highest quality information for developing postpartum programming. These current guidelines are FREE for all to access.

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Running while pregnant

Running while pregnant

You can (and should!) exercise throughout your pregnancy as you are able. You should continue to exercise as you were before pregnancy and modify along the way as your pregnancy progresses to decrease intensity, avoid lying on your back after 14 weeks and avoid any exercises that contribute to pain or discomfort. Any new workouts or exercise regimes should first be cleared with your doctor and/or your pelvic floor PT.

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Postpartum Recovery Explained: Weeks 2-4

Postpartum Recovery Explained: Weeks 2-4

Up next in our “What to expect from your body postpartum” series, we will cover 2-4 weeks postpartum. Click to read what to expect in terms of healing, when to contact your healthcare provider or seek treatment from a pelvic floor PT, and how to safely begin returning to exercise. 

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Constipation During Pregnancy

Constipation During Pregnancy

A very common and often uncomfortable side effect reported during pregnancy is constipation. Signs and symptoms of constipation can be variable but can leave you looking for any source of relief! The good news is that a few lifestyle changes may help provide some relief of symptoms and get you back to a more regular pooping schedule. Check out our top tips for easing constipation during pregnancy.

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How to Take Great Care of Your Pelvic Floor

6+ Simple Tips to Prevent or Overcome Pelvic Floor Problems

Pregnant? Postpartum? Struggling with peeing or pooping probs? Experiencing painful sex? Download this free guide for some simple, do-able, totally-not-weird tips to take better care of your down there.

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How to Prepare Your Pelvic Floor & Core for Childbirth

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