Have you accepted postpartum pain, leaking and discomfort as a normal part of motherhood? For so many postpartum people, pelvic floor dysfunction negatively impacts quality of life, intimacy, and self-esteem. But when common symptoms are presented to providers, they are often met with a shoulder shrug and told this is the new normal. Friend, it doesn’t have to be. Today on the Beyond Birth Podcast, Kelley Burke LMT and pelvic floor therapist dispels myths around postpartum pelvic floor care, provides insight into a realistic recovery timeline, and offers a refreshing perspective that symptoms of postpartum pain do not need to be your new normal.
In this episode:
The gray area of postpartum care. What happens and who do you turn to after that 6 week check-up?
The different types of professional pelvic floor therapists
Emotional and energetic connection to pelvic floor
Symptoms do not have to be the new normal
Pelvic floor self-care
“Normal” Postpartum recovery timeline
Things to do during pregnancy to support pelvic floor health
Kegels? Yay or nay?
Is it ever too late to address pelvic floor dysfunction?
At home rehab to do in the immediate postpartum period
About Kelley Burke
Kelley Burke is a mama, former midwife and current practicing massage and pelvic floor therapist. She is the owner of Zenana Spa & Wellness here in Portland OR and is passionate about all things pelvic floor health and postpartum recovery.
About Beyond Birth Podcast
Co-hosted each week by Liz Winters (Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, certified pre and post-natal coach, and mama) and Jenny Anderson (doula, Birthfit Regional Director, certified yoga instructor, and mama). Our hope is to inspire, educate, and empower women as they navigate pregnancy, postpartum, and parenthood with evidence based guidance, informative interviews, and entertaining anecdotes from our perspectives as moms, entrepreneurs, and birth professionals.