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Author: Melissa Dessaulles from Mommy Berries

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Pregnant and overwhelmed with information and how to apply it to yourself? Looking to have an empowered birth experience? New mom and disappointed by the lack of guidance to help you recover? Wanting to learn about how to nurture the only body you will ever have? This podcast is FOR you! I'm a mom of two, an entrepreneur and a physical therapist. As a mom I have experienced the lack of support during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. This is what lead me to further my education and develop a special interest in helping women. In this podcast I am going to talk to a wide range of health care practitioners who work specifically with women to bring you evidence based information that you can put into practice immediately. I am excited to see the changes we can bring.
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In this episode, I sit down with fellow pelvic health physiotherapist and new mom Kjersti Malinski shortly after her 2nd c-section. The advice women are given after c-section is usually, “Don’t lift more than your baby and don’t drive”. Our goal for this episode is to help fill it the gaps in information and guidance. Here is what we discuss:What Kjersti learned from her first c-section and what she did differently the 2nd timeOur #1 suggestion for the early days and weeksTips and tricks to help you move more comfortablySupport bands/belly bands How and when to start scar massageWhere to start with exerciseWhen can you start core/pelvic floor exerciseDo you actually need to wait 6 weeks to do any activity?Silicone bandages for scar healingKjersti Malinski is pelvic health physiotherapist passionate about helping people from a whole body, whole person integrated approach. She completed her Bachelor’s of Human Kinetics and Masters of PT at UBC and has since completed post grad training in a multitude of pelvic Health topics. Currently on maternity leave with her second child, Kjersti loves spending time with family and doing anything outside.InstagramKjersti works at both:https://wavephysio.ca/https://www.karephysio.com/ I’m here to help you achieve the pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience you imagine. https://mommyberries.comFollow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTube
In this episode I sit down with Brittany Klingmann, fellow physiotherapist, CrossFit athlete and level 1 coach, weightlifter and mom. We discuss:Brittany’s top 3 suggestions for pregnancyLearn what to listen and watch forBreathe through exerciseExpect gradual deconditioningBrittany’s top 3 suggestions for postpartumConsider how we rehab from other injuriesWatch for breath holdingHave a plan for gradual reconditioning Brittany Klingmann is an orthopaedic and pelvic health physiotherapist. She is a mom of 2 who brough both babies into the world via c-section birth. It was her own journey’s return to Crossfit and weightlifting that fuelled her passion for helping others feel supported and empowered while returning to their desired activity. Contact Brittany to book an online 1:1 session or group session bklingmann@gmail.comOnline program to support your body through pregnancy, birth and the first 6 weeks postpartum:Complete ProgramPregnancy ProgramPostpartum ProgramInstagramYoung Kempt Physiotherapy in Halifax Thanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: https://mommyberries.comFollow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTube
In this episode, Malindi and I discuss:The difficulties she had finding postpartum guidance after her first birth in 2017The symptoms she struggled with after her first was bornWhat she learned and how she applied this to her 2nd postpartum recoveryHow she has built up to marathon and qualifying for the 2021 Olympics as a mom of 2.Her advice for new moms who want to return to high level activityMalindi Elmore is an 8 time Canadian Champion in track and field, cross country running and road racing.  After a long career representing Canada at the Olympic Games, Pan American Games, Commonwealth Games and World Championships in the 1500m race, Malindi retired from competitive sport to pursue other career and family goals.  After her first son was born in 2014, Malindi re-invented herself as a triathlete, and competed professionally for 3 years in long course triathlon, which included multiple podium performances and a sub 9 hour ironman.  She retired again from sport when she was pregnant with her 2nd son, however, within a few months of his birth she decided to try a marathon.  The marathon was so much fun that she was hooked on running again, and in only her second ever marathon, set a Canadian Marathon Record of 2:24 which qualified her for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics which will be held later this summer. At 41 years old, Malindi juggles a busy life as an athlete, coach and mom to two boys who are now 2 and 6 years old.  Here is where you can find my online program Malindi worked through after her 2nd birth:https://mommyberries.comYou can follow Malindi’s story and progress on IG @malindielmorewebsiteThanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: https://mommyberries.comFollow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTube
There is an underlying belief that to address diastasis rectus abdominis, your options are physiotherapy OR surgery and that surgery is the easy way out. I sat down with my surgeon Dr. Arko Demianczuk in this episode to dispel this myth and help listeners understand how physiotherapy and surgery can compliment one another and help you better understand the surgery itself. Here are the topics we discussed:How Dr. D became recognized as a leading surgeon for diastasis recti repairHow working with physiotherapists has helped to modify his techniques to improve patient outcomesThe symptoms of diastasis recti that cause women to book a consult with a plastic surgeonThe difference between terms like:abdominoplastytummy tuckmini tummy tuckliposuctionmuscle repairrectus plicationWhy there are so many different surgical techniques amongst surgeons What YOU should look for in a surgeonWhat patients Dr. D would not operate onPatient satisfaction after surgery and how often it “goes wrong”Why this surgery is not covered by our medical systemDr. Demianczuk from Pacific Plastic Surgery is a cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgeon with over 20 year experience in Vancouver BC, Canada.  He has been appointed as Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia and is the Director of the UBC Resident Cosmetic Clinic. Dr. Demianczuk remains committed to the education of medical students and residents while maintaining a full clinical practice. websiteInstagram Thanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: https://mommyberries.comI offer online appointments to help you address diastasis during pregnancy as you recover postpartum and as you navigate surgery. Follow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTube
Pain is a common symptom that people experience. The most common that bring people in to see a pelvic health physio are:bladder painpelvic pain (SI joint, pubic symphysis, hip)tailbone painpain with intercoursepain associated with periodspain in the vagina, anus or vulvaIn this episode we talk about:What pain is and what it is trying to tell usWhy pain sometimes doesn’t go awayHow our brain and body gets increasingly sensitive to painThe role physiotherapists playOur goal of this episode is to help you understand that your pain is real.  It’s not all in your head…but it kind of is in your head… because it is all about your brain. Link to a video interview that Jill and I did on the topic of endometriosis.Part 1Part 2Link to video by Lorimer Mosely Jill Mueller has been a physiotherapist since 2001. Her interest in Pelvic Health Therapy stems from experiencing her own journey with endometriosis, and fertility challenges for 10 years.  Through learning more about the disease, implementing pain neuroscience and visceral therapy, she has taught herself how to escape her monthly cycle of pain.  Jill is passionate about sharing what she has learned with other Pelvic Physiotherapists and her clients.Work: Healthy Balance Physiotherapy & Wellness (on the border of Oakville & Burlington).www.hbpw.caFacebook & IG: @oakvillephysio Personal website: www.jillmueller.ca Facebook & IG: @jillmuellerpt @endotogetherThanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: https://mommyberries.comFollow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTube
In this episode I sit down with a client of mine named Elaine and her midwife, Vanessa. Elaine came to see me during her pregnancy with the goal to be proactive by knowing how to support her changing body during pregnancy, prepare for her birth and understand ways to recover successfully.I will never forget hearing her pride when telling me how she was able to apply everything she learned to her birth. Vanessa discusses how Elaine’s body awareness and mind/body connection helped her get through her long 2nd stage of labour without requiring interventions. Our goal for this episode is to:Bring awareness to how women can play an active roll in their birth experienceElaine Sauve is newly postpartum and a first time mom to her beautiful daughter Aislyn.  She is an osteopathic practitioner and loves working with moms & babies herself. Vanessa Samur is registered midwife at Malachite Midwives in Kelowna, BC Canada.  She is passionate about reproductive health and about providing respectful, evidence-based care that supports clients and families to make informed choices about their care. She lives on a farm with her partner and two boys, Levon and Auggie.Thanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: https://mommyberries.comFollow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTube
In this episode I sit down with Tamarah Nerreter, a fellow pelvic health physio and mom to 4, all born via c-section. Our goals were to help expecting moms understand:Cesearan birth isn’t “the easy way out”Cesearn birth is not “less of a birth”You have a right to choose your birthThere are several ways you can prepare physically and mentally for a c-section. Going into birth feeling prepared and with a plan in place for postpartum recovery can have great benefits. Some tips and tricks that you may not have heard aboutC-section Readiness and Recovery Webinar created by Tamarah and myself:C-section Readiness and Recovery WebinarTamarah Nerreter, a physiotherapist since 2007 has a multitude of certifications in the areas of women’s health, perinatal care, diastasis, pediatric incontinence, prolapse, pelvic pain and the list goes on. She believes in a holistic, whole body approach, empowering the individual through education, treatment and exercise. She practices at her own clinic, Bodynamics Physiotherapy in Vancouver/Delta BC Canada. You can find more from Tamarah here:Website: https://www.bodynamicspt.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/bodynamicspt/Thanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: https://mommyberries.comFollow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTube
Here is a sneak peak of what we discuss in this episode:What is Hypnobirthing?Do I lose control of myself?Can I use Hypnobirthing in a hospital setting?What role does my partner play?How do I learn the techniques?Our goal for this episode is to:Help you feel informed about your options for birth preparation.Stephanie Mundle is a certified Hypnobirthing® childbirth educator, a registered professional counsellor, a birth doula and a mom of three. Her core belief is “ your body, your baby, your birth” She believes each birthing individual and their family deserve the opportunity to be heard, to be presented with evidence based information and to ultimately have the pregnancy and birth experience they desire. Links to contact Stephanie:email:  wovenbirthservices@gmail.com Website: www.wovenbirthservices.caThanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: https://mommyberries.comFollow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTube
Awareness of perineal massage is on the rise. In this episode, I sit down with Meghan MacKenzie, a registered midwife from Community Midwives in Kelowna BC to discuss:What the research says about perineal massageThe goals of perineal massageHow I teach perineal massage (as a physiotherapist)The benefits of learning more about your perineumWays that your care provider can help you relax your perineum during birthThe benefits of perineal massage postpartumOur goal for this episode is to:Help you feel informed about your options for birth preparation.Meghan is a Registered Midwife with Community Midwives Kelowna and has been working with women and families in the Okanagan area for the past 5 years.  She loves supporting women and families through their pregnancy and birth journeys and feels very fortunate to have the opportunity to work alongside some amazing inter-professional colleagues here in Kelowna.How to contact Meghan:Website: www.communitymidwiveskelowna.comInstagram: @communitymidwiveskelowna Facebook: Community Midwives Kelowna Thanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: https://mommyberries.comFollow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTube
Here is a sneak peak of the topics we covered in this episode:Each person’s decision to have tummy tuck surgery is their own. We are sharing our own story and decision making processThe mix of emotions and stigma surrounding the abdominoplasty AKA “tummy tuck”Choosing the right surgeon for you is very importantPreparation before Recovery timelineOur goal for this episode is to:Discuss our personal experience from the eyes of a personal trainer (Lisa) and myself (physiotherapist).Lisa Ryan is a CrossFit Level 2 Trainer and a Pregnancy and Postpartum Athleticism Coach. She works with clients that are pregnant, postpartum, experiencing chronic pain, and/or recovering from abdominal surgeries. Find Lisa’s free downloadable resources here:Tummy Tuck RecoveryFirst 3 steps to navigating surgery and what questions to ask hereWebsite: www.lisa-ryan.comInstagram: @lisa.marie.ryanThanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: https://mommyberries.comFollow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTube
Diastasis dumbed down

Diastasis dumbed down

2021-04-0555:10

Here is a sneak peak of the questions we answer in this episode:What is diastasis rectus abdominis?Who does it affect?Why does the space between the abdominal muscles increase during pregnancy?What happens to that stretch after baby is born?Where should women start with postpartum recovery to address diastasis?What is the goal of ‘diastasis recovery’?Does the gap matter as much as we think it does?When is physical therapy NOT enough to address diastasis?Our goal for this episode is to:Help you better understand diastasis, know how to address it and most importantly, feel less nervous. Munira is a Pre- and Post-Natal Physiotherapist situated in Canada with a passion for helping those with diastasis rectus abdominis. After years of frustration in landing inconsistent results with her clients, she began to challenge the conventional method to managing DRA. She realized that part of the inconsistent results came down to how DRA was being conceptualized. With several tweaks to her approach, she started practicing with a different set of principles and this translated into improved outcomes. She is now passionately committed to transferring this knowledge to both professionals and patients so they can finally make sense of the steps to take when navigating this condition.How to contact Munira:Free Guide can be found here: https://www.munirahudanipt.com/Couse For Professionals: https://bit.ly/3pSymoA IG: https://www.instagram.com/munirahudanipt/YouTube- The Diastasis Rectus Abdominis Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYPrSNWcjFNP3EpukjWQZ6wThanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery with considerations for diastasis: https://mommyberries.comFollow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTube
This episode is for all you pregnant moms who are experiencing low back pain, pelvic pain and SI joint pain. If you search google for answers, you will find terms like:Pubic symphysis dysfunctionSI joint instabilityPelvic floor laxityThe problem with these terms is that they sound scary and make it expecting moms feel nervous to exercise or even move. My guest this episode is Anna Marie Gierach, a perinatal chiropractor at Alta Vie in Kelowna BC.Our goal for this episode is to help you:better understand why it is common for pregnant and postpartum women to have these aches and painstake away the fearcreate a plan that works for youAnna Marie Gierach is a Kelowna mamma and kiddo chiropractor with a focus in pre-conception, pregnancy, post-natal and pediatric care of infants and young kiddos. Clinically, she blends her intuitive capacity to connect with people, chiropractic techniques, soft tissue therapies, and movement-based rehab to help families through these life transitions and stages.Here are some of my pregnancy support belts and bands:Mom-Ez support belt for pregnancy (I recommend this for moms feeling SI joint pain, pubic symphysis pain)Angel Care support band ( I recommend this one when pain isn’t as much the issue, but you have the feeling of needing support for your heavy belly)Links to contact Anna Marie:Alta Vie’s website: https://altaviehealth.com/To book with Anna Marie: https://altaviehealth.janeapp.com/#/staff_member/11Follow Alta Vie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/altaviehealth/?hl=enThanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: https://mommyberries.comFollow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTube
Pelvic floor physical therapy is not such a secret any more but there is still mystery around why it may be beneficial during pregnancy. In this episode, I sat down with a fellow pelvic health physical therapist, Corinne Wade from Kare Physiotherapy to discuss the many benefits to starting before baby comes:Pain - “ I am experiencing symptoms that affect my day to day movements or exercise”Proactive - “I want to support my body during pregnancy, prepare for birth and have a postpartum recovery plan”Previous experience - “I did this once before and I want to improve my experience this time”Our goal for this episode is to give you a taste of how we can support you and then leave it up to you to decide if this sounds like it would be the right fit for you. Corinne Wade is a registered physiotherapist with 25 years' experience in pelvic floor physiotherapy.  She has worked in both the USA and Canada.  She is the proud owner of her own Pelvic Health clinic in Kelowna, BC called Kare Physiotherapy,   She treats conditions such as urinary/fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain and sexual health issues for all genders.  Corinne is passionate about mythbusting and breaking the taboos around topics such as poo, pee and sex!How to find Corinne:Kare Physiotherapy, in Kelowna, BCFollow Corinne InstagramThanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: https://mommyberries.comFollow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTube
When asked what they know about their pelvic floor, most clients would say “umm I don’t know… kegels?” I wanted to kick off this podcast the same way I start with most of my clients. I put a call out in my instagram community for 2 women who had never seen a pelvic health physical therapist and who felt clueless about their pelvic floor. Join them in this episode to see how much you can gain from some simple verbal instructions. Thank you to my guests: Sarah from Regina Saskatchewan who is expecting her first baby and curious to know how the pelvic floor relates to birth  and Lauren from Kelowna British Columbia who is 4 months postpartum and wanting to return to exercise, but feeling she cannot trust her body. Key Points:A bit about meWhy is the pelvic floor so mysterious?Introduce Sarah and Lauren who both feel clueless about their pelvic floorWalk through exercise to help you understand where your pelvic floor and how to feel a proper kegel and relaxationWhy is this relevant?What’s next?Thanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: https://mommyberries.comFollow me on:InstagramFacebookYouTube
Pregnant and overwhelmed with information and how to apply it to yourself?  Looking to have an empowered birth experience?  New mom and disappointed by the lack of guidance to help you recover?  Wanting to learn about how to nurture the only body you will ever have?  This podcast is FOR you!  I'm a mom of two, an entrepreneur and a physical therapist.  As a mom I have experienced the lack of support during pregnancy, birth and postpartum.  This is what lead me to further my education and develop a special interest in helping women.  In this podcast I am going to talk to a wide range of health care practitioners who work specifically with women to bring you evidence based information that you can put into practice immediately.  I am excited to see the changes we can bring.  
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