If you made it to this blog post, then you are considering investing in your pelvic health during pregnancy, labor & delivery or postpartum and I could not be more excited for you. Did you know that in countries around the world, such as France, it is standard of care (and covered by insurance) to work with a pelvic floor physical therapist after birth to recover and rebuild postpartum? Makes sense right?
Unfortunately that is not the case worldwide which is why I have developed pelvic health and fitness programs designed to help you connect with and improve your pelvic floor function whether you are preparing your pelvic floor for labor or recovering from birth. Not sure which program is right for you? I’m answering all of your questions in this post. Let’s dive in!
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YES! To be considered HSA/FSA eligible, the program must address a medical concern. It is recommended that you receive a letter of medical necessity (LMN) from your provider detailing your need. Most providers have these letters ready to go and will complete them for you no problem.
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Great question! The Movement Through Motherhood (MTM) app is a progressive web app meaning that is in an app built on a web platform but functions like an app. Click here to access the app and then simply follow the onscreen instructions to save the app to your home screen. This means that you cannot find it in the app store.
Nope, you will have access to these programs so long as this platform exists! This is something I feel strongly about because pregnancy can be a difficult journey for many and I do not want your investment in your pelvic floor health to be a burden.
Nope, it’s not too late at all! I designed the program to match whatever week of pregnancy that you are, so simply start right at your week of pregnancy. Feel free to take extra rest or decrease your number of sets initially while you build back your strength and stamina.
There are 4 workouts per week for my entire MTP program – an upper body day, a lower body day, a full body day and a pelvic floor & core day. There are also optional high intensity and low intensity cardio days based on how you are feeling and your availability throughout the week. I strongly encourage prioritizing your strength training days over your cardio days if your availability is limited.
To receive the most benefit from these programs, I highly recommend the below equipment in some shape or form. While you can perform the workouts with just your bodyweight, I do recommend investing in dumbbells and resistance bands to achieve progressive overload which is how you will see best results.
You can find my favorite home gym equipment here.
100% yes! The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends getting at least 150 minutes of exercise per week of pregnancy spread out over at least 3 separates days whether you have are used to working out or not. I recommend starting the movements without any additional dumbbells and then add dumbbells as you feel your strength improve.
While this entire course is designed to reduce pain, strengthen your full body and improve your pelvic floor mobility and function, it does not include specific birth prep. There is one birth ball mobility flow that you can incorporate in your 3rd trimester, but the Movement Through Labor & Delivery course was created by me and Certified Nurse Midwife, Skyler Jacobs, to provide you with a comprehensive, multi-provider approach to preparing your mind, body, pelvic floor and support person for birth.
The full course includes childbirth education starting with your prenatal appointments in your 3rd trimester all the way through the first few days of recovery in the hospital covering topics like cervical exams, inductions, pain medications, newborn assessments, etc. It also includes movement flows from weeks 36 through 41 to prepare your pelvis and full body for labor as well as breath work and movement for each stage of labor.
The mini course focuses only on pelvic floor prep, positions and breath work in labor, and pushing – all of which are included in the full course.
While you can begin the course anytime during pregnancy, we recommend starting the educational modules around 32 weeks of pregnancy and the movement flows no later than 36 weeks of pregnancy.
Yes! There are specific labor prep flows, such as the Miles Circuit, that we do not recommend performing prior to 37 weeks, but the other labor prep flows you can begin as early in pregnancy as desired. All of the information you need about which ones you should wait to perform are within the course.
The both the full and mini course contain information on VBAC considerations to prepare for labor. We also strongly encourage our VBAC mother’s to work with a pelvic floor physical therapist even just for one visit to address individual muscle and scar tissue mobility concerns.
No, this course is for all women desiring to deliver their child in an informed, educated and empowered manner. Our full course includes information on VBACs, optimal epidural timing, pushing with an epidural, unplanned c-sections, pain medication options, and more! Birth “plans” are really more of preferences that can go out the window when labor actually begins, which is why we want to prepare you for any possible outcome.
Yes! The first 6 weeks of this course are designed to help you gently reconnect with your pelvic floor, core and full body without using resistance. The subsequent 6 weeks introduce resistance movement in the form of 4 workouts per week addressing your upper body, lower body, full body and pelvic floor & core stability. If you are still healing and recovering postpartum, regardless of weeks/months/years that have passed, then you will still benefit from both the movement and education within this program.
If you have completed a rehab program or in-person rehab with a pelvic floor therapist and feel confident in your pelvic floor & core healing – then this course might not be as beneficial for you.
Yes! There is a 12 week vaginal delivery track and a 12 week cesarean delivery track because all birth deserves optimal postpartum healing. There are also additional educational modules specific for cesarean births such as scar massage, baby wearing, getting out of bed and scar healing timeline.
I designed the program to be safe to begin within the first 2 weeks of postpartum focusing on gentle mobility, breath work and learning how to engage your core again. That being said, you do not have to begin right at day 1 postpartum if you do not yet feel comfortable. The program will benefit you regardless of how far postpartum you are, but if you can begin the program within the first 6 weeks postpartum you will greatly benefit from rebuilding your body correctly rather than trying to make adjustments later on.
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