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Part 1: My Pregnancy Journey

In this episode of Things They Don’t Tell Her Podcast I am sharing insights from my own Pregnancy Journey. In this convo, we dive into the ways I have been supporting my own mental and physical health throughout pregnancy, practitioners that I have been seeing, the model of care I have chosen and loads of recommendations for books, podcasts, local studios and so much more.  Listen to the full episode here: Spotify and iTunes Things I did to help with my pregnancy nausea Here are a few great blogs for more tips for pregnancy nausea Things I have been doing

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Protecting The Perineum & Preventing Tears

Birth is a complex interplay between a mother and baby and preventing significant tears is often at the forefront of the mothers mind when preparing her body for birth. There are many factors that can influence a woman’s risk of tearing. Factors that could increase risk of tears include: Non modifiable: Modifiable Factors that could decrease risk of tears Perineal pressure is a technique that can be used to reconnect to this part of your body, observe the effect of different positions on the tautness in this tissue, teach relaxation techniques in response to pressure and desensitise pain.  Traditionally perineal

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What to expect after a Caesarean birth

Most women plan for a natural birth and spend loads of time in pregnancy learning about the stages and process of a natural birth and gathering tips for recovery. However, we can’t always control the way our birth looks and statistically in Australia many women will have a caesarean birth. Here is some information to give you an idea of what you might expect from Recovery after a caesarean birth in case your baby has other plans: Immediately after the surgery, you will be taken to a recovery room where you will be monitored closely. You may feel groggy from

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5 Tips for Breastfeeding Back Pain

Here are some tips on how to prevent and manage the inevitable back and neck tightness that comes from breastfeeding and nursing a newborn. Practise good posture Good posture is important for preventing breastfeeding back pain. When nursing, try to sit upright and avoid slouching. Use pillows or a nursing pillow to support your baby, so you don’t have to hunch over to breastfeed. Try to change positions regularly and spend some time learning how to feed laying on your side.  If you’re using a breastfeeding pillow, make sure it’s at the right height to avoid straining your neck and

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5 Ways to Support Your Health & Wellbeing in Pregnancy

Here are some gentle suggestions on how to support yourself and feel better during pregnancy, especially if you’re experiencing symptoms like nausea, pain and fatigue! Nourish your body with wholesome foods Eating a balanced and nourishing diet is essential during pregnancy, especially if you’re struggling with nausea or food aversions. Try experimenting with new, whole foods that can provide your body with the necessary nutrients for you and your baby’s health. Traditional Chinese foods like bone broth and congee can be gentle on the stomach and provide essential nutrients. You can also try incorporating more fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, healthy

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4 Reasons You Should See a Pelvic Floor Physio During Pregnancy

Maintaining good pelvic floor health during pregnancy is crucial for a healthy pregnancy and delivery. Pregnancy can put significant stress on the pelvic floor muscles, leading to problems such as incontinence, pelvic pain, and difficulty during labour and delivery. In this blog post, we will discuss four reasons why seeing a pelvic floor physiotherapist during pregnancy can help you have a healthier, more comfortable pregnancy and better birth outcomes! Prevents Pelvic Floor Problems  Research has shown that a small levator hiatus size, which indicates pelvic floor tightness, can lead to poorer outcomes during labour and an increased risk of intervention.

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Ab Separation: To Crunch or Not to Crunch?

Ab separation, also known as diastasis recti, is a common condition that affects many women after pregnancy. It occurs when the fascia between the two rectus abdominis muscles stretches and thins, creating a gap that can lead to a protruding belly and weakened core muscles. While ab separation is a natural part of pregnancy, it can also be a source of discontent for many women. There are many exercises that claim to help heal ab separation, but one of the most controversial is the crunch.  Traditionally one concern is the effect that crunches can have on intra-abdominal pressure (IAP). IAP

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Do I have a prolapse? What’s normal and what’s not?

This is a question I get asked a lot as a pelvic floor physiotherapist!  Prolapse is a common condition that affects many women. It’s characterised by the descent of one or more of the pelvic organs, such as the bladder, uterus, or rectum, into the vaginal canal.  But how do you know if you have prolapse, and what’s considered normal? Traditionally, prolapse has been defined as a visible or palpable descent of the pelvic organs. However, a recent study by Collins et al 2021 challenges this definition and proposes a new clinical definition based on patient symptoms. According to the

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When can I return to running after birth?

Today, we’re going to talk about safely returning to running after giving birth. It’s a common question, and understandably so – exercise is an essential part of our lives, not just physically, but mentally as well. However, as with any exercise after giving birth, we need to approach it with care and honour the enormous physiological process that has occurred to grow and birth your baby. Firstly, let’s talk about some guidelines for a safe return to running after giving birth. In 2019, a team of expert physiotherapists published an evidence-based article (Goom, Donnelly, and Brockwell) that outlined the following:

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My Top Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

My Top Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

We live in a time were there is an abundance of information: social media, podcasts, google – but when it comes to health advice for pregnancy, this abundance of information quickly becomes overwhelming.  Your friends and family might be quick to share what worked for them and you might quickly start to feel confused by the contrasting opinions from different sources!  The first thing to understand is that a lot of information is out-dated and that there has been a HUGE amount of change around recommendations for pregnant women over the past two generations. The second thing to understand is

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How to move past excuses and limiting beliefs to have a healthy pregnancy

How to move past excuses and limiting beliefs to have a healthy pregnancy! 

The most common excuse I hear and see first hand when I prescribe my clients a program of exercises or meditation is I didn’t have time! Time is a funny thing really and with the busy lives we tend to live these days it’s not surprising lots of pregnant mums struggle to find time. In our Grandparents generation a lot of women would slow down work or finish completely during their pregnancies as they prepared for the transition to family life.  Nowadays we are working overtime, trying to keep up with social activities, putting unachievable expectations around exercise on ourselves,

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Why Breathing Exercises are so beneficial in Pregnancy!

Why Breathing Exercises are so beneficial in Pregnancy!

Did you know that your breathing pattern can affect your pelvic floor, your digestion and your stress levels!?⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ There is a close connection between the pelvic floor and the respiratory diaphragm. ⁠⁠The diaphragm is a dome shaped muscle that rests across the base of the rib cage (like a mushroom cap).⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠ As you breath in the diaphragm descends and the pelvic floor stretches and relaxes. As you breath out the diaphragm draws up and shortens slightly. This rhythmical movement of the pelvic floor with the diaphragm keeps the pelvic floor muscles in a healthy state of contraction and

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Why and when should you see a Women's Health Physiotherapist?

Why and when should you see a Women’s Health Physiotherapist?

If you’re like most of the population, you probably have no idea what the differences between a Women’s health Physiotherapist and an ordinary Physiotherapist is. In fact, unless you have had an issue with your pelvic floor or have had a referral from your GP to see one, it’s very rare that people I tell actually understand what it is I do. Let me take some time to explain. Poo’s, wee’s and sex, three things we don’t like talking about when they’re going well, let alone when then going badly. If you’ve ever had a problem with your back you’ve

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Why you should exercise in pregnancy?

Why you should exercise in pregnancy?

We all know we’re supposed to exercise to stay healthy and most of us know of some benefits of exercising in pregnancy but so often we make excuses whether it’s lack of time, fatigue or nausea. What we often don’t understand is that exercise can help with all of these things! So to help you get clear on your why and move past your excuses, I want to help you to understand exactly how much benefit exercise can have to your pregnancy, birth and  your baby’s health. First of all, let’s go through the effects that it has on your

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Common myths around exercising in Pregnancy

Common myths around exercising in Pregnancy

There’s a lot of out-dated information about exercising in pregnancy which can make it confusing and overwhelming to know what you should and shouldn’t be doing! Yesterday, I was teaching Prenatal Pilates and a client said that her mum still tells her that she shouldn’t be exercising while pregnant! This is because there has been a HUGE amount of change around recommendations for pregnant women over the past two generations. I want to break down some of most common myths I hear around exercising in pregnancy. #1 You shouldn’t exercise in pregnancy. This is rubbish – unless you have a

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Why & how you should do pelvic floor exercises in pregnancy?

Why & how you should do pelvic floor exercises in pregnancy?

How and why you should do pelvic floor exercises in pregnancy! So you probably heard lots of people talk about doing kegels in pregnancy but what does this actually mean and why should you care? The pelvic floor is a group of muscle and connective tissue running from the pubic bone at the front to the tailbone at the back. It’s not the inner thighs, it’s not the lower tummy muscles and it’s not the bottom muscles. It’s not just a clever name…it’s quite literally the floor of your pelvis. The pelvic floor plays some EXTREMELY important roles. These include:

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What is perineal massage and why you should do it before birth

What is perineal massage and why you should do it before birth

If you’re in your third trimester you may or may not have heard of perineal massage but what exactly is it? The perineum is the small amount of tissue that runs from the vagina to the anus. It’s made up of skin, muscle and fascia and is divided into three main sections. The bulbospongiosis (bulbo) muscle which is a part of the pelvic floor and is a circular muscle at the entrance of your vagina. Then there is the perineal body the tissue between the vagina and anus. And then two circular muscles that surround the anus – the internal

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