Do C-Sections Reduce Your Risk of Pelvic Floor Disorder?

Recently, I overheard a stroller fitness instructor remind all new moms in her class to kegel, whether they had had a c-section or vaginal birth. She said the type of birth didn’t matter because “most of the damage happens during pregnancy and not delivery.” I’m a fan of the kegel, but does most pelvic floor … Continue reading Do C-Sections Reduce Your Risk of Pelvic Floor Disorder?

Childbirth Injuries and the Arbitrary 6 Weeks

The 6 week postpartum checkup taunts moms who suffered from childbirth injuries. Personally, I still couldn’t WALK without pain at my checkup. My midwives assured me I would eventually recover, which was both true and not true — TRUE because the major tears slowly healed, and progressive strength training gave me back enough function — … Continue reading Childbirth Injuries and the Arbitrary 6 Weeks

Questioning Childbirth Folklore

“When, therefore, we repeat the truism that ‘most births are normal,’ let us remind ourselves that the substantial minority that are not could entail death or mutilation for the mother.” ~Edward Shorter[1] In 1833, the respected midwife Veronika Paul was summoned to the bedside of a laboring woman after the local midwife required help. Paul … Continue reading Questioning Childbirth Folklore

Did That Make You Pee Too?

We looked at each other and said ‘Did that make you pee too?’ Those burpees were intense! We ran to keep up with the boot camp dude. After class, we asked each other under our breath, ‘Are we supposed to wear a pad next time?’ I smiled at this tale’s teller and laughed. “I’m guessing … Continue reading Did That Make You Pee Too?