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Balan c e d Body Pelvic Organ Prolapse

and pelvic pain.

In addition to incontinence, a weakened pelvic floor could result in pelvic organ prolapse. Three percent of women experience some sort of pelvic organ prolapse whether it be bladder, uterine, rectal, or a combination of the three. In some cases, women can avoid surgery for this with rehabilitative work. Recently, the FDA ordered that the pelvic mesh be removed from the market due to injuries it caused.

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Split Abdominal Wall Muscles Diastasis Recti is a separation in the linea alba of the Rectus Abdominus, most commonly referred to as the “6-pack abs.” This separation will often get dismissed as irreparable without surgery. However, with a properly trained Physical Therapist or Pilates instructor, an abdominal wall separation can be significantly reduced, if not entirely eliminated. An abdominal wall separation leaves the abdominals weak and can result in back, neck, and hip pain.

C-Section Complications Almost 32% of mothers deliver a baby via c-section, a major abdominal surgery, then leave the hospital 4-5 days later without a referral for physical therapy or information about how to rehabilitate after. When not properly rehabilitated, a woman may experience back, neck, and hip pain, scar tissue adhesions,


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Overall Wellbeing Becoming a mother for the first time is a huge transition that women aren’t always prepared for. It’s a shift in identity. Experiencing grief in this transition is normal but it doesn’t mean a woman shouldn’t find support to help her through this process. Donna Helete, Regenerative Grief Coach explains that grief doesn’t just happen during times of loss; it can happen in transitions - even in the happy, celebratory times. With the body and hormones shifting in a woman’s body in preparation for delivery and post-delivery, women often claim they don’t feel like themselves anymore. While some have shared this with their doctors, it’s often dismissed as “normal,” and “part of the territory.” While it’s common, finding support through a therapist or coach will help your recovery period and overall well being in the long run.

How to get the support you need OB/GYNs have very little training in their education about rehabilitation after surgery and birth. The best way to rehabilitate is to get a referral for

a physical therapist or a pilates instructor who specializes in post-baby recovery. Remember that it’s never too late to do this, even if your baby is now 20+ years old. Your physical therapist or pilates instructor will know how to properly assess your body and rehabilitative needs. More than likely, whether you had a vaginal delivery or a c-section, you will need deep core, pelvic floor, and hip strengthening. As a highly intuitive Pilates Educator, Natalie Garay, otherwise known as The Pilates Mama, is the owner of {ther • happy}. For more information, connect with her at or hello@

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Living Lavishly  

Living Lavishly Vol. 9 showcases the local resources, talent and expertise we have here in the Central Coast of California.

Living Lavishly  

Living Lavishly Vol. 9 showcases the local resources, talent and expertise we have here in the Central Coast of California.