Postpartum Depression (PPD). Let's talk about it...why it happens, who it happens to and how to tell if you are experiencing symptoms? I am passionate about this subject as I experienced it myself. I want to share my story with you.
Having my first child, I thought things would be easy. I read all the books and had so many great friends and moms surrounding me. I exercised, slept and had a supportive husband. My daughter was healthy and happy --so why wasn't I?
Symptoms of PPD can be tricky to identify because the early weeks of motherhood are challenging to both the mind and body, and so many changes are happening at once.
One of Life's Greatest Miracles is the creation of a new Life.
We all know there are many biological and physiological happenings during pregnancy. But I want to focus on the musculoskeletal happenings during pregnancy.
As the baby forms in the uterus, the abdominal muscles are required to expand and stretch. The baby continues to grow and these muscles also need to make more room for the organs that are being crowded out.
The lungs get pushed upward, intestines are off to the side and that poor bladder!!!!
Then throw in the stress to the abdominal muscles during actual labor. They don't call it "labor" because its easy! OR say you are required to have a c-section. Well, then your core system is compromised in yet another dir...
Preparing for childbirth is something I've been thinking about a lot recently as I was awaiting a new precious baby. I've been able to refine my methods over the years which I'm grateful for because I started out doing absolutely nothing. With my first baby, I had no idea what I was getting into and I went into labor blind. I had no coaching, no training, no previous experience watching another woman have a child, nothing at all. I'm grateful that I had youth and ignorance on my side. I have since given birth to eight more children. Over that time I've been able to see the value in preparing myself and it has drastically impacted my health, before and after childbirth. Here's what I do now to prepare my body and mind for childbirth....
Each woman comes into pregnancy and leaves childbirth with her own unique experiences and problems. Therefore, each woman's recovery after delivery would benefit from a provider who can evaluate her specific needs and address her unique concerns.
Too often, common concerns such as occasional leaking urine, persisting pelvic pain, prolapse and abdominal weakness are met with limited options. An OB/GYN may offer surgery but may recommend against it if future pregnancies are desired or the mother is too young. Kegels or pelvic floor exercises may be recommended but with little more than a handout as a guide. Many women tell me they already do kegels or that they've even seen a traditional pelvic floor therapist but feel discouraged because...