April 2018

Grateful for Jersey Mom Support Groups 💗

2018-05-28T16:41:19+00:00 April 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+00:00 November 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+00:00 October 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 [...]