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#28: How to Push Without Tearing, A Mindful Approach to Pelvic Floor Wellness - with Dr. Jennifer Vohra

On this episode of the Mindful Womb Podcast, we are joined by Dr. Jennifer Vohra, a certified doctor of physical therapy with advanced training and certification in pelvic floor rehabilitation and obstetric physical therapy. We talk all about tips and tricks to push in a way that helps to avoid tearing during childbirth.

In this episode, we dive into the following:

  • The benefits of pelvic floor therapy

  • How to relax your pelvic floor in preparation for birth

  • Calm and intuitive pushing techniques

  • The connection between mindfulness and pelvic floor health

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Embarking on the journey of pregnancy and motherhood brings a myriad of emotions, challenges, and transformations. Amidst the whirlwind, one aspect often neglected is pelvic floor health. In this blog post, I delve into the intricacies of pelvic floor therapy, drawing from the expertise shared by Jennifer Vohra, a seasoned pelvic floor therapist and the founder of Bloom Pelvic Health and Wellness.

In a recent episode of "The Mindful Womb" podcast, I had the pleasure of conversing with Dr. Jennifer Vohra. Her wealth of knowledge and commitment to holistic well-being left an indelible mark on me. Jennifer's insights illuminated the connection between mindful practices, intentional breathing, and the symbiotic relationship between mental and physical well-being during the transformative phases of pregnancy.

Choosing a Pelvic Floor Therapist:

As someone venturing into the realm of pelvic floor therapy, Jennifer shared invaluable advice on selecting the right therapist. Credentials, expertise in women's health, and experience in handling pregnancy and postpartum cases topped her list. The emphasis on a personalized approach, comfort with internal exams, and the creation of a supportive environment resonated deeply, guiding my considerations in seeking a therapist.

Debunking Pelvic Floor Health Myths:

Jennifer fearlessly dismantled prevalent myths surrounding pelvic floor health, urging women to challenge the normalization of issues such as incontinence. Her words served as a reminder that while common, these issues are not an inherent part of motherhood. Through her insights, I gained a new perspective on addressing and overcoming challenges, including the often-taboo topic of painful intercourse post-pregnancy.

The Holistic Approach to Pelvic Floor Therapy:

Contrary to popular belief, Jennifer emphasized that pelvic floor therapy extends beyond internal work. The sessions encompass a diverse range of exercises, including breathing techniques, strength training, and personalized routines tailored to individual needs. Her approach, acknowledging the importance of comfort, is particularly reassuring for those with a history of trauma.

Self-Care as a Pillar of Pelvic Floor Health:

Self-care emerged as a cornerstone of our conversation. Amidst the chaos of pregnancy and caring for a newborn, Jennifer stressed the significance of dedicating even a brief 10-15 minutes daily to oneself. The concept of "toilet meditation" intrigued me – a unique practice fostering relaxation and a connection with pelvic floor muscles. It's a reminder that self-care, no matter how brief, contributes significantly to overall well-being.

The Art of Seeking Help and Building a Support System:

Jennifer acknowledged the cultural hesitations around asking for help, resonating deeply with me. Her encouragement to build a support system and accept assistance is a testament to the transformative power of shared responsibilities. The importance of sleep, often overlooked, stood out as a crucial element in maintaining mental well-being for both mothers and their families.

Exploring Resources for Pelvic Floor Health:

Jennifer recommended valuable resources for those eager to delve deeper into pelvic floor health. The American Pregnancy Association emerged as a go-to for comprehensive information on pregnancy and postpartum care. Local mom groups and pelvic health therapy sessions were highlighted as invaluable avenues for support and shared experiences.

As I reflect on this insightful conversation with Jennifer Vohra, it's evident that pelvic floor health is a crucial component of the maternal journey. Her expertise sheds light on the interconnectedness of mind and body, emphasizing the need for personalized care, mindfulness, and a robust support system. As I navigate the uncharted waters of motherhood, prioritizing pelvic floor health becomes a conscious and empowering choice.

Note: This blog post encapsulates my personal reflections on the insights shared by Jennifer Vohra in "The Mindful Womb Podcast”. For a more detailed understanding and personalized guidance, it is advisable to consult with a qualified pelvic floor therapist.


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