January 2020

Ab Separation (Diastasis Recti) won’t change unless you do something about it

2020-01-29T16:00:02-05:00January 29th, 2020|Categories: Ab Separation (Diastasis Recti), Anatomy, Postpartum, Posture|

8 weeks after delivery, ab separation won't change unless you do something about it. Your diastasis recti - the ab separation that 100% of women have by 35 weeks of pregnancy - can improve on its own. But without any intervention (specialized exercises, taping, hands-on techniques to actively reduce the gap), where you're at 8 weeks postpartum is where you'll be at one year postpartum and beyond. Why does this matter? Significant [...]

You Pamper Your Baby A Lot – Now It’s Your Turn

2020-01-29T15:54:30-05:00January 29th, 2020|Categories: Postpartum, Self-Care|

You Pamper Your Baby A Lot - Now It's Your Turn Discuss and address sensitive topics in the privacy and comfort of your own home. Eliminate the stress of getting out the door to make an appointment on time. Schedule around nap time so you don’t need to get childcare. Take time to pump or feed baby if you need to. Home visit treatment plans WORK because they’re tailored to your specific [...]

1 in 3 Women has Bowel, Bladder or Sexual Issues After Delivery

2020-01-29T15:46:43-05:00January 29th, 2020|Categories: Bowel, Incontinence, Pain, Postpartum, Self-Care|

1 in 3 women has bowel bladder or sexual issues after delivery 1 in 3 new moms report bowel and bladder issues after giving birth, and about half of all new moms have pelvic pain in the months after they’ve delivered. These problems don’t just go away on their own, and many women just suffer in silence, assuming this is “the new normal.” It doesn't have to be. Your body can heal... [...]

April 2018

Grateful for Jersey Mom Support Groups 💗

2018-05-28T16:41:19-05:00April 30th, 2018|Categories: Postpartum, Self-Care|Tags: |

Taken by Michelle Goitia, April 2018 • JC Bump • New Mom Support Group I've spent April visiting several of the mom support groups & gatherings in Hoboken and in Jersey City, speaking to women about pelvic physical therapy - what it is, why it's important, and what to expect when you work with a pelvic PT. The insightful questions and honest, open discussion has been both inspiring and exciting -- especially [...]

November 2017

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Helps After Childbirth!

2017-12-05T07:48:57-05:00November 4th, 2017|Categories: Incontinence, Pain, Postpartum|

A study in a European ob-gyn journal: it found women who get EARLY postpartum physical therapy (as soon as the first month after delivery) when they sustained 3rd or 4th degree tears (into their anal sphincter regions) recover better and faster in resolving incontinence (which includes unexpectedly passing gas!) than those who wait until after the six week follow up to start. SO DON’T WAIT. Don’t let your MD dismiss your pain or your concerns. [...]

October 2017

After Childbirth, Diastasis Recti Abdominis (DRA) Will Only Close Partially On Its Own

2018-04-29T16:47:05-05:00October 30th, 2017|Categories: Postpartum, Pregnancy|Tags: |

A 2008 study (Coldron et al) looked at diastasis recti abdominis (DRA), the separation of your ab muscles that can occur with pregnancy and with obesity (see photo, right side). The study found that in the first eight weeks after delivery, the distance will decrease markedly -- but without any other intervention, like physical therapy or (the right!) exercise training, there was no more closure in the gap after the first year postpartum. It's [...]