You Matter Too, Mama.
To be a mom requires a lot of sacrifice. You sacrifice your body during pregnancy and birth, you give up sleep, you give up freedoms, and have a little human constantly attached to you at the breast.
Yep, motherhood is full on. We get it because we are moms too. We pour out so much into our families. And they are so worth it.
But who is pouring into you?
In our current society, there are unrealistic expectations on moms to be fit, fabulous, flawless, and fun – at least according to Instagram and Pinterest!
But the reality is that so many mamas are burnt out, unsupported, lack community, and are on the verge on a mental health crisis. We have forgotten that moms matter too. And they are they glue.
In case you need permission to take care of yourself, especially your health, we hearby grant it. We’re here to help set you up for an awesome postpartum recovery and rebuild on a healthy foundation.
Postpartum is an intense time. There are so many adjustments, changes, and transitions. If birth is the starting line, then postpartum and motherhood is the marathon.
During postpartum, women and their families experience many things that impact their mental, emotional, and physical health. These three areas of health are all intertwined.
Physically, postnatal women can experience the following:
- Aches and pains in the back, neck, hips, pelvis, forearms, wrists
- Tailbone pain from prolonged sitting
- A feeling of core weakness and decreased abdominal support
- Pelvic and/or perineal pain
- Pelvic girdle pain and difficulty standing or walking
- Pain with intercourse
- Vaginal dryness, irritation, or vulvar microtears
- Accidental leaking of urine, gas, or stool
- Pelvic organ prolapse – pelvic heaviness or dragging
- And much more.
Mom life is busy. And moms often prioritize their health last.
But all of the above is totally treatable. And getting care sooner rather than later will help you enjoy your life more – during postpartum and beyond.
People sometimes assume that pelvic floor physiotherapists work only in the pelvic floor. That is a myth. We treat the abdominal wall. We treat the whole body. We treat the person.
Remember that the pelvic floor and abdominal wall are part of the inner core. The pelvic floor and three other muscles all work together. So when one area is affected, ripple effects can be seen and felt in other areas of the body.
With rehab after a c-section, we can help you improve:
- scar tissue and scar mobility
- diastasis recti and core function
- pelvic floor function
- breathing mechanics
- posture and positions
- abdominal pain
- sensory changes
- functional movements
- how you perform your daily tasks (activities of daily living and childcare)
- your return to more activity, exercise, or sports
Takeaway: if you had a c-section, pelvic floor retraining and postpartum rehab is necessary for you too!
First of all, we believe all women who have given birth should be seen postnatally. This is a basic standard of care in Europe and it should be here too.
But if you’re reading this, then we’re preaching to the choir. =)
We like to see most women for The 6 Week Postnatal Check Up, which is where we’ll check your pelvic floor and abdominal wall. At 6 weeks, women are usually given the “all clear” and are officially discharged from midwifery or OB care. At this point, tissue healing is complete, bleeding has ceased, stitches have dissolved, postpartum health risks are significantly less, and women are typically advised that resuming intercourse is safe.
That being said, we are able to work with you well before the 6 week point – especially if you really need help in those early weeks postpartum. There are three ways we usually work with moms during the first few weeks postpartum:
- Through our physiodoula program, which is when we come to see you in your home during weeks 1-6 postpartum. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
- Work with us virtually
- Get therapeutic ultrasound for blocked milk ducts – you can come to us, or we can come to you if you’re in London, Ontario.
We want to know and evaluate the following:
- Your birth story
- Your position and movement choices
- Your core and pelvic floor function
- Your abdominal wall
- Abdominal or perineal scar healing
- Breathing mechanics
- Functional biomechanics
- Activities of your daily living (eg. how you hold your baby, how you breastfeed, how you carry your car seat, etc)
- For pelvic floor problems
- Loss of urine, gas, feces
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Persistent pelvic pain
- Perineal pain or sensitivity
- Hypertonic pelvic floor
- Musculoskeletal challenges
- Pelvic girdle pain
- Low back pain
- Tailbone pain
- Neck and upper back tension
- Abdominal pain
- For sexual dysfunction postpartum
- Secondary vaginismus
- Delayed, decreased orgasm
- Diastasis recti and core rehab
- C-section rehab and scar work
- Progressive return to exercise, sports, or work
Our Postnatal Care Programs
We start by getting to know you and understanding your experiences. We want to know how life with baby is going, where you need some help, and what you have tried so far. We’ll ask questions about your birth experience, pelvic health, abdominal wall, and consider your bigger health picture as well (including maternal mental health).
After this, we check out how your unique body is working and let you know what we find. Our programs include custom recommendations, hands on strategies, practical advice, step by step home exercise protocols, email support, accountability, educational resources, product recommendations, letters to your healthcare team, and more.
All that we offer is designed to help you recover well and have a solid foundation for your busy life as a mama.
Our postnatal programs will be a great fit for you if you…
Have ever been pregnant and given birth (no matter the mode of delivery or the birth outcomes)
Recognize the value of caring for your body, especially during this busy stage of life, so you can feel good and function well
Can appreciate how your postpartum physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health are all connected
Experienced trauma during vaginal delivery, significant tearing, episiotomy, or use of instruments
Were under our care prenatally and want to continue optimizing your health and function postnatally
My visits at Mama’s Physio, and working with Carla Huls, completely changed my perspective of women’s health, especially post-pregnancy. About five years after my third child, I felt a heaviness in my anterior pelvis and started to worry that something may be prolapsing. How could this happen five years after giving birth with no signs otherwise, and what could I do about it? Thankfully, I mentioned this in conversation to a good friend who recommended Mama’s Physio. After working with Carla, I regained control of my pelvic floor. The education and treatments I received connected my brain to my body in a way that will benefit me indefinitely. My only complaint from this experience is against our health care system. Why aren’t we all prescribed visits for pelvic physiotherapy before and after child birth? Thanks, Mama Physio, and especially Carla, for working with me!