COMMUNITY & RESOURCES FOR NEW & EXPECTING MAMAS!
Guest Post by Om Mama Collective Member, Kelsey Cannon, of Elizabeth Rodgers PT
When it comes to perinatal bowel dysfunction, mum’s the word…or, at least it was. Women are either shy to mention their bowel habits or they’ve been told ‘Oh, that’s just normal. It’s a part of the process!” We’ve come too far enough in the field of women’s health to accept that answer. We can be proactive, even if certain issues are ‘part of the process’. As a pelvic health physical therapist, I am here to tell you that you don’t need to suffer in silence. Bowel functioning is an important part of quality of life and overall health, and it can be the driver to low back pain, pelvic girdle pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, fatigue, and many other things. While it is beyond the scope of this blog to do a deep dive into the pathophysiology of how constipation begins in prenatal women and continues into postpartum, I want to share the simple things that CAN be done whether you are in your prenatal phases or your postpartum months.
See! That wasn’t so bad. Talking about constipation and bowel habits can be uncomfortable to some, but it brings me great joy as a pelvic health physio to help prenatal women and postpartum mothers comfortably resume a normal, natural, and universal bodily function!
-Kelsea Cannon, PT, DPT, PRPC
Elizabeth Rogers Pilates & Physical Therapy, PLLC