About 1 in 10 women report fecal incontinence (having bowel movements (poop) when they don’t plan for it to happen) during and/or after pregnancy. The sphincter is the muscle in our bottoms that controls the opening of the anus. It is estimated that between 13-25% of women experiences the inability to control their bowels or […]
Bottom / Pelvic
Pregnancy and birth can be very hard on women’s bottoms – specifically women’s pelvic floor - the uterus, urethra, vagina, anus and all the muscles that support those important organs.
Pressure on those areas during pregnancy along with wear and tear from birth can lead to a number of problems for new mothers.
Even though up to 40% of women experience urine incontinence (leaking pee), around 10% experience fecal incontinence (unexpected poop), and up to 60% of women have genital pain, this is a topic that many women and their health care providers don’t discuss.
It is time to break the silence! This topic may feel embarrassing, but it is a part of being human.
Treatment is available and effective.
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A hemorrhoid is a painful swelling of a vein in the rectum. After having a baby – especially after vaginal childbirth – many women develop hemorrhoids. Symptoms include pain, itching, bleeding after having a bowel movement (pooping), or a swollen area around the anus. This common issue is uncomfortable and can be treated. Things to […]
Lots happens to our bodies, especially our bottoms, during childbirth. Many women are caught off guard by the common conditions that can happen in the days and weeks after having a baby. Here are a few common things that a new mom may experience. Hernias A hernia is when an internal part of the body […]
Babies need a lot of things and it is helpful when friends and family help buy them. Women also need supplies to help them recover. We encourage family and friends to shower a new mother with the same love and support in helping her get ready for the 4th Trimester. Below are some supplies that […]
Kegels are an easy and free way to help strengthen the muscles in your vagina. Kegel exercises strengthen the muscles that are around the urethra, vagina and anus. You can do them while at stoplights, during commercial breaks, while rocking your baby – anywhere! This is how the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists describe […]
A lower sex drive after childbirth is common. More than 50% of women at 3 months postpartum and 30% at 6 months postpartum experience less interest in sex than they did before. Being tired, stress, lack of time, infant care needs, feelings around body image, plus physical discomforts often doesn’t result in feeling sexy! Pain […]
Fillable, custom medical care plan for mom to understand recovery and health information from their provider
Many women may not know how helpful a physical therapist can be in helping them recover pelvic health after giving birth. Recently the American College of OB/GYN recognized the importance of physical therapists and encouraged doctors to refer women as needed. Postpartum physical therapists can work with women to deal with many conditions, including lower […]
Like a labor and delivery plan, this is a fillable, custom plan for mom and families to share how they want to be supported after childbirth
Postpartum Recovery Booklet on a variety of health and self-care topics
Urinary incontinence (UI) is when pee is leaked involuntarily. There are different kinds of UI but the one many women experience after giving birth is “stress urinary incontinence”. Pee may happen when you sneeze, laugh, or jump – or any time. For many women, UI resolves on its own over the first postpartum months. However, […]