When I think of childbirth, I think of hospitals and epidurals and doctors and beds and IVs. Hospital births are the most popular option in the United States, according to What to Expect, and they are recommended for high-risk pregnancies. My pregnancy will be high-risk for complications and c-section, so…

I started following @TheDownThereDoc on Instagram after she was recommended to me by a friend. The woman behind the account, Marcy Crouch, is a board-certified women’s health physical therapist dedicated to helping women prepare for pregnancy, childbirth and healthy postpartum. Recently, Marcy did an Instagram Live chat with Alyson of…

My pretty little head

In my first appointment, C assigned the book Why Pelvic Pain Hurts: Neuroscience education for patients with pelvic pain. It’s a very short book that explains where pain comes from, why we might experience it, why it’s not going away and what we could do about it. …

It’s hard to take a not-awkward picture with your vibrator.

In writing my recent post about kegels, I was reminded of the movie Hysteria (2011). This shocking movie shows the invention of the vibrator by Dr. Mortimer J. Granville in Victorian-era England. According to the film (and similar retellings of the tale in plays and television shows), a male doctor…

A deep breath of fresh air

As mentioned earlier, the first step in PFT is breathing. According to my breathing therapist, A, having good breathing technique should benefit me in two ways: first, proper breathing should lengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Second, a focus on breathing should help me calm the fuck down. …

In my first appointment, C asked, “so what do you know about pelvic floor therapy?” I responded that I think it is more than just kegels, but also kind of kegels. She laughed and told me I was correct, adding that Mr. Kegel’s discovery is only part of the work.

In a very quick turn of events, I actually had my first PFT appointment yesterday. 3 really great things happened:

  1. My physical therapist cursed way more than I had expected
  2. She said I have the strongest glutes she’s seen all year
  3. Driving home, I passed a mechanic shop with a…

I’m going to have a baby! Someday! I always knew I wanted to be a mom, but between medical complications, concerns about population growth, working in the foster care system, and a whole lot of trauma, I was intent on adopting for years. Then last year I went to my…

Riley B

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