Pregnancy and Postpartum PT

Pregnancy and Postpartum PT

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Blair Evanosky of Pregnancy and Postpartum PT is an amazing PCES graduate and member of our Inner Circle. She is the mother of two kids and has been a physical therapist for 12 years. It has been inspiring to watch Blair expand her career and open her own practice located in Westford, Massachusetts. I am just going to leave you with an excerpt from Blair’s interview because it is so awesome and speaks for itself!

“I expected to learn how to progress exercises through the PCES course, but I never imagined how it would re-energize me and give me better strategies for treatment on things I thought I was an expert at. I did not expect that because of the PCES course I would become a business owner.

The PCES program changed my whole trajectory. Personally, I was discharged from PT still wondering how to get back to higher level exercises, and I vowed not to do that to my clients. Under the traditional insurance-based model of physical therapy care, this is hard to do. So (with a lot of help from Sarah’s Inner Circle mentoring) I opened my own clinic, Pregnancy and Postpartum PT, where I work directly for my clients. I took the PCES course in the spring of 2018 and went on to open my business in the fall of 2019. I help women return to running, CrossFit, Jujitsu and chase their kids.

It sounds so cheesy to say a course was life changing -- but for me, it truly was. I have never taken a better CEU course and I expect I never will. I’ve tried to narrow down to a key piece I learned from Dr. Sarah and the PCES course, and I just can’t narrow it down, it’s so much! With every client I see, I use some part of the PCES course; pressure management, movement breakdown, exercise progressions, posture and exercise cueing. It has seriously been such a game changer for me.”

Read her full PCES Hero interview here: https://www.coreexercisesolutions.com/pces-hero-blair-evanosky/

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Are you a PCES Graduate who has an amazing story of how the course has impacted your clients and yourself? If you would like to be featured as a PCESHero, please send us an email at [email protected]. We would love to hear what the course has done in your life!
I am having so much fun interviewing some AMAZING women's health and wellness professionals - locally and around the world!

My first guest is Blair Evanosky, PT, DPT, PCES of Pregnancy and Postpartum PT right near by in Westwood, MA!

If you've ever worried that you'll never feel right again because you've been diagnosed with Pelvic Organ Prolapse (or POP) this ones a must listen!

Fair warning... Blair is AWESOME, but I am in the kindergarten stage of interviewing and editing. I promise these videos can ONLY get better! And they're really meant for a listen while you're out walking or puttering around the house.

xox
Angela
Yesterday I went for my 6 week OB follow up after having Gio and was “cleared to start exercising”. While the clearance to start lifting weights again makes me excited, I know what this really means...

I have a long road to recovery and it might take 9-12+ months before I’m 100% and back to where I was pre-baby. I have the luxury of knowing this because I’m a physical therapist and because I know some amazing pelvic floor therapists (Pregnancy and Postpartum PT,Create Your Core).

Unfortunately, not everyone realizes the long road to recovery. Not everyone knows that even though 6 weeks ago they were at the gym lifting heavyish weights right before they had their baby that they shouldn’t just return to lifting those weights.

Whether you had a va**nal birth or c section, your body and your pelvic floor were stressed. Stressed from birth and from carrying a baby for 9 months. Any form of exercise should be guided and gradual and I can’t wait to start physical therapy this week!

@camillelbaz posted this workout on Monday and I needed to try it with my little man! 5 Round’s of 20 squats, lunges, hip hinges, and hip bridges.
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Thank you to all who came out in the freezing cold last night for an amazing SOLD OUT workshop featuring Dr. Blair Evanosky, Orthopedic and Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist! We are so grateful to have someone like her to teach us how to deal with such common issues that tend to go untreated for so long! Stay tuned for more upcoming workshops with her in the near future! #pelvicfloor #womenshealth #newmom #postpartumisforever #fitmom Pregnancy and Postpartum PT
I hear this from so many athletes (runners & crossfitters). Leaking while jumping is NOT normal. Interested in learning more? See Pregnancy and Postpartum PT page for questions or more information!

Helping women through the Pregnancy and Postpartum phases of life. Dr. Blair Evanosky is a physical therapist specializing in pregnancy and postpartum treatment.

Operating as usual

10/01/2021

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I often hear information encouraging women to continue to exercise through their pregnancy but what if you haven’t been exercising?

Exercising during pregnancy has many wonderful effects. The CDC recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise (defined as raising the heart rate but continuing the ability to talk) has been shown to:

▫️Reduce back aches
▫️Reduce constipation
▫️Reduced risk of or help treat gestational diabetes
▫️Reduce risk of preeclampsia
▫️Help you sleep better
▫️Improved mood

As if that’s not enough benefit there are also some promising studies to show the benefits to the baby if mom is exercising while the baby is in utero:

▫️Increased brain activity at birth
▫️Lower rate of diabetes
▫️Lower BMI in adulthood

You CAN and SHOULD start an exercise program during pregnancy. Walking is a great place to start. Did you know walking just a bit faster than your usual pace counts as moderate intensity exercise?

Reach out if you need help getting started.

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As usual this is not medical advice, it’s Facebook. Always consult a medical professional before starting any exercise program, especially if you experiencing any complications with your pregnancy as there are some conditions where exercise is contraindicated.

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I often hear information encouraging women to continue to exercise through their pregnancy but what if you haven’t been exercising?

Exercising during pregnancy has many wonderful effects. The CDC recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise (defined as raising the heart rate but continuing the ability to talk) has been shown to:

▫️Reduce back aches
▫️Reduce constipation
▫️Reduced risk of or help treat gestational diabetes
▫️Reduce risk of preeclampsia
▫️Help you sleep better
▫️Improved mood

As if that’s not enough benefit there are also some promising studies to show the benefits to the baby if mom is exercising while the baby is in utero:

▫️Increased brain activity at birth
▫️Lower rate of diabetes
▫️Lower BMI in adulthood

You CAN and SHOULD start an exercise program during pregnancy. Walking is a great place to start. Did you know walking just a bit faster than your usual pace counts as moderate intensity exercise?

Reach out if you need help getting started.

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As usual this is not medical advice, it’s Facebook. Always consult a medical professional before starting any exercise program, especially if you experiencing any complications with your pregnancy as there are some conditions where exercise is contraindicated.

09/29/2021

Virtually every single one of my clients comes into my office saying some form of, “How come nobody told me _____?”

Well, finally someone is ready to tell you, and that “someone” is @MamasThrival!

Join Lisa Colella, Founder of Mama’s Thrival, for a Virtual Workshop covering several candid truths about what you’ll experience in the pregnancy and postpartum journey and how to best equip yourself to navigate all the changes and transitions.

The session will be held on September 30th, live on Zoom from 11:30-12:30pm.

Email [email protected] to sign-up and receive the Zoom link. (Don’t worry, a recording of the session will be emailed out afterwards if you can’t attend live.)

Here’s to knowing the truth, speaking the truth, and equipping ourselves to navigate all the truths (even the hard and bloody ones!)

Virtually every single one of my clients comes into my office saying some form of, “How come nobody told me _____?”

Well, finally someone is ready to tell you, and that “someone” is @MamasThrival!

Join Lisa Colella, Founder of Mama’s Thrival, for a Virtual Workshop covering several candid truths about what you’ll experience in the pregnancy and postpartum journey and how to best equip yourself to navigate all the changes and transitions.

The session will be held on September 30th, live on Zoom from 11:30-12:30pm.

Email [email protected] to sign-up and receive the Zoom link. (Don’t worry, a recording of the session will be emailed out afterwards if you can’t attend live.)

Here’s to knowing the truth, speaking the truth, and equipping ourselves to navigate all the truths (even the hard and bloody ones!)

09/20/2021

Babywearing 101

I am seeing way more people interested in safe baby wearing. This is awesome! But every post, video and picture I see is all about the baby! What about the person wearing the baby?

Baby wearing is a great way to strengthen the connection with baby, carry the baby hands free to accomplish other tasks and keep baby upright. Incorrect baby position may have negative consequences like increasing their risk for developmental hip dysplasia. I am thrilled to see people spreading awareness for safe baby wearing for the child. What I am not thrilled about is the lack of resources to make baby wearing safer for caregiver.

Baby wearing CAN (not always) put lots of pressure down on your healing pelvic floor, out on your healing abdominal wall or onto your over worked back. If babywearing is going wonderfully for you that’s great, if it’s not try these adjustments and see if it helps.

*As always this is not medical advice-it’s Facebook*

1. Make sure you are cleared by your medical provider to baby wear, especially if you've had a c-section.

2. If there is a hip strap wear it low on your hips and have it snug.

3. If there is a midback strap wear it snug enough to not allow your shoulders to pull forward.

4. Try not to tuck your bottom under you to hold the weight of the baby on your abdomen.

5. Try not to press your abdomen out towards the baby to support the baby with your abdomen.

6. Try not to lean backwards to 'balance out' the weight.

7. Most important, listen to your body! If you have more pelvic floor symptoms (leaking, pelvic pain/pressure, feeling of something falling out or bulging from the va**na) during or after baby wearing and you've tried all the other tips stop wearing until you get help from a medical professional.

Babywearing 101

I am seeing way more people interested in safe baby wearing. This is awesome! But every post, video and picture I see is all about the baby! What about the person wearing the baby?

Baby wearing is a great way to strengthen the connection with baby, carry the baby hands free to accomplish other tasks and keep baby upright. Incorrect baby position may have negative consequences like increasing their risk for developmental hip dysplasia. I am thrilled to see people spreading awareness for safe baby wearing for the child. What I am not thrilled about is the lack of resources to make baby wearing safer for caregiver.

Baby wearing CAN (not always) put lots of pressure down on your healing pelvic floor, out on your healing abdominal wall or onto your over worked back. If babywearing is going wonderfully for you that’s great, if it’s not try these adjustments and see if it helps.

*As always this is not medical advice-it’s Facebook*

1. Make sure you are cleared by your medical provider to baby wear, especially if you've had a c-section.

2. If there is a hip strap wear it low on your hips and have it snug.

3. If there is a midback strap wear it snug enough to not allow your shoulders to pull forward.

4. Try not to tuck your bottom under you to hold the weight of the baby on your abdomen.

5. Try not to press your abdomen out towards the baby to support the baby with your abdomen.

6. Try not to lean backwards to 'balance out' the weight.

7. Most important, listen to your body! If you have more pelvic floor symptoms (leaking, pelvic pain/pressure, feeling of something falling out or bulging from the va**na) during or after baby wearing and you've tried all the other tips stop wearing until you get help from a medical professional.

09/17/2021

You CANNOT prevent diastasis during pregnancy. You can stress it less, but if you make it to full term you will have a diastasis. It’s an amazing ability that your body uses to make room in your body for your growing baby. While it is not something to be feared, it can help in decision making for which exercises and activities may be right for you.

Stretching of the linea alba during pregnancy is normal and expected. Sometimes with tissue loading we will see doming/coning.

As the belly expands the tissue in between your re**us muscles (six pack muscles) needs to stretch to allow your belly to expand.

You can see in this picture, especially from the side where the middle of the abdomen is bulging out.

When I see this in a pregnant client we try different breathing strategies or adjust form/positioning some to see if we can change the amount of bulging that is happening.

For this client a few weeks ago a different breathing strategy worked.
This week (28weeks pregnant) it didn’t.

For her the risk of possibly stretching her linea alba extra isn’t worth it.

Instead of hanging knee lifts she moved to a table height front plank with marches and shoulder taps, where no doming or coning is happening.

See doming/coning during exercise? Not sure if you should modify? DM us for help.

You CANNOT prevent diastasis during pregnancy. You can stress it less, but if you make it to full term you will have a diastasis. It’s an amazing ability that your body uses to make room in your body for your growing baby. While it is not something to be feared, it can help in decision making for which exercises and activities may be right for you.

Stretching of the linea alba during pregnancy is normal and expected. Sometimes with tissue loading we will see doming/coning.

As the belly expands the tissue in between your re**us muscles (six pack muscles) needs to stretch to allow your belly to expand.

You can see in this picture, especially from the side where the middle of the abdomen is bulging out.

When I see this in a pregnant client we try different breathing strategies or adjust form/positioning some to see if we can change the amount of bulging that is happening.

For this client a few weeks ago a different breathing strategy worked.
This week (28weeks pregnant) it didn’t.

For her the risk of possibly stretching her linea alba extra isn’t worth it.

Instead of hanging knee lifts she moved to a table height front plank with marches and shoulder taps, where no doming or coning is happening.

See doming/coning during exercise? Not sure if you should modify? DM us for help.

09/09/2021

There is no perfect way to sit.

Try a variety of positions rather than always sitting the same way.

How do they feel?

We utilize the side sitting variation to help stretch hips a lot.

There is no perfect way to sit.

Try a variety of positions rather than always sitting the same way.

How do they feel?

We utilize the side sitting variation to help stretch hips a lot.

09/03/2021

Small group mentoring series now being offered at Pregnancy and Postpartum PT.

Reach out with questions or to sign up.

Email [email protected]
Text
(978)496-9184

Small group mentoring series now being offered at Pregnancy and Postpartum PT.

Reach out with questions or to sign up.

Email [email protected]
Text
(978)496-9184

08/10/2021

WELCOME JESSIE!!!

Jessie is an absolutely amazing pelvic floor occupational therapist who joined our team the beginning of this summer. She has been treating clients in our Westford, MA clinic and is traveling for home visits.

Jessie delivers compassionate and individualized holistic care for her patients and brings a warm, positive energy to the clinic.

We are so lucky to have her on our team.

WELCOME JESSIE!!!

Jessie is an absolutely amazing pelvic floor occupational therapist who joined our team the beginning of this summer. She has been treating clients in our Westford, MA clinic and is traveling for home visits.

Jessie delivers compassionate and individualized holistic care for her patients and brings a warm, positive energy to the clinic.

We are so lucky to have her on our team.

08/06/2021

August is breastfeeding awareness month.

I spent almost 3 years breastfeeding children. I fed one baby while pregnant with another. I have pumped more bottles of milk than I care to remember. I did all the middle of the night wake ups for my babies. I disliked the pumping way more than the middle of the night feedings.

I had clogged ducts, cracked ni***es and stains on all my clothes from leaky over supply. I was not sad when my breastfeeding journey ended. It worked for my family. It worked for my job. It was free (-ish, bras, bags and ni**le cream are expensive!). I always had the right amount and it was already the perfect temperature. I didn't have to go downstairs to get it in the middle of the night. I never forgot the milk and always had enough to stay out longer.

This is not everyone's story, this is my story. Props to any mom who breastfeeds, it is a lot of work! It is normal, you should be able to do it anywhere without the fear of ridicule. We MUST normalize breastfeeding.

BUT... I firmly believe that FED IS BEST. I simply can not get behind the breast is best movement. We all do things differently, for many different reasons and that is what is so lovely about this world. So I'm channeling my inner Kady Heron to break this best mom crown into pieces and throw one piece to you exclusively breast feeding mom. And a piece for you bottle feeding mom. I know I would have forgotten the bottle a million times. And a piece for you pumping mom- you're the real MVP in my book. You spent time pumping just to spend time feeding. Where do you find the time? And some for everyone in between! Feed those babies however works best for you and your family.

August is breastfeeding awareness month.

I spent almost 3 years breastfeeding children. I fed one baby while pregnant with another. I have pumped more bottles of milk than I care to remember. I did all the middle of the night wake ups for my babies. I disliked the pumping way more than the middle of the night feedings.

I had clogged ducts, cracked ni***es and stains on all my clothes from leaky over supply. I was not sad when my breastfeeding journey ended. It worked for my family. It worked for my job. It was free (-ish, bras, bags and ni**le cream are expensive!). I always had the right amount and it was already the perfect temperature. I didn't have to go downstairs to get it in the middle of the night. I never forgot the milk and always had enough to stay out longer.

This is not everyone's story, this is my story. Props to any mom who breastfeeds, it is a lot of work! It is normal, you should be able to do it anywhere without the fear of ridicule. We MUST normalize breastfeeding.

BUT... I firmly believe that FED IS BEST. I simply can not get behind the breast is best movement. We all do things differently, for many different reasons and that is what is so lovely about this world. So I'm channeling my inner Kady Heron to break this best mom crown into pieces and throw one piece to you exclusively breast feeding mom. And a piece for you bottle feeding mom. I know I would have forgotten the bottle a million times. And a piece for you pumping mom- you're the real MVP in my book. You spent time pumping just to spend time feeding. Where do you find the time? And some for everyone in between! Feed those babies however works best for you and your family.

06/24/2021

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Have you noticed more leaking, urge or frequency after having any of these?

Not ready to give up your coffee?

Me either!

Start by adding some water before and after to give your bladder a buffer. 💦

☕️

Have you noticed more leaking, urge or frequency after having any of these?

Not ready to give up your coffee?

Me either!

Start by adding some water before and after to give your bladder a buffer. 💦

06/08/2021

Bladder Health is so important and not often spoken about.

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As usual reach out with any questions or to book an appointment.

Email- [email protected]
Call/text (978)496-9184

Bladder Health is so important and not often spoken about.

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As usual reach out with any questions or to book an appointment.

Email- [email protected]
Call/text (978)496-9184

Photos from Pregnancy and Postpartum PT's post 06/05/2021

My daughter graduated from Pre-K

Her teachers said these beautiful things about her.

‘Stella taught me that you can do anything when holding your friend’s hand.’

‘And she taught me to be brave and share your ideas.’

(Check out my stories for the video)

Cue the ugly tears!

I seemed to be the only parent crying.

Anyone else cry at ALL the things?

06/03/2021

I hear this a lot from runners.

First, is it working?
If you’re still leaking the answer is no so please stop.

Would you squeeze your quad muscle the whole time you ran?
No, this is not how muscles work.

Please see a pelvic floor therapist.

Start working on a plan specifically designed for you.

*Hint it may not even include kegels*

I hear this a lot from runners.

First, is it working?
If you’re still leaking the answer is no so please stop.

Would you squeeze your quad muscle the whole time you ran?
No, this is not how muscles work.

Please see a pelvic floor therapist.

Start working on a plan specifically designed for you.

*Hint it may not even include kegels*

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