My social media feed is full of it. Moms lamenting peeing their pants and the belly that just hangs and won’t budge no matter how many crunches they do or how long they diet. Around Mother’s Day there are even cute little memes about “Call your mom, she wets herself because of you.”
Except a part of me doesn’t find it cute. I’m glad for awareness and openness for discussing this important aspect of women’s health. But I just can’t get behind making a serious medical issue into the punchline of a joke. Pelvic floor and core weakness are certainly common side affects for women who have been pregnant and/or given birth. But I would hesitate to call them normal and they certainly aren’t healthy.
When I got to hear Beth Learn from Fit2B Studio speak in person last year, she talked about how our bodies were made to birth babies, and also made to heal. But our lifestyles have changed, and most of our lives no longer contain the kinds of healthy movement that used to help women recover from pregnancy and child birth. While modern medicine has brought us many wonderful things in the area of OBGYN care, this has not been one of them. Talking about the ability to heal has nothing to do with shame at the symptoms, but rather to produce empowerment at the possibility for recovery.
This is why I love The Tummy Team. Kelly Dean’s own story provides inspiration. She talks about how her training as a physical therapist didn’t prepare her for the side effects of multiple pregnancies and deliveries. Her broken body left her feeling discouraged. Other than surgery she could find any practical solutions. But she searched until she found someone who offered real hope.
While Kelly agrees that hands on help is best, there are a limited number of trained core and pelvic rehabilitation specialists in the United States, and indeed the world. To that end she created online rehab programs through her office, The Tummy Team.
I completed the Core Foundations with The Tummy Team three years ago, and then the Prenatal program two years ago when I was pregnant with my third child. I found both programs to be educational, and encouraging as I went through my healing process. I’ve also done a Skype session with Kelly and found it hugely helpful in making sure I was learning proper alignment and a chance to ask any questions. While today I wouldn’t call my core entirely healed (the result of a difficult third pregnancy and delivery), I gained so many important tools through the course that I find myself returning to when my abs need a little bit of extra attention and support.
November 13-17 The Tummy Team will be offering 30% off many of their products and programs.
30% OFF Any Tummy Team Rehab Program!
(regularly $79 – $199)
There are several amazing programs to choose from now, including a specific pelvic floor rehab program and a pre-surgery prep program for those facing abdominal surgery like hernia repair or and a c-section preparation program combining the best of the prenatal program and the surgery prep program.
Don’t forget, you can buy now at the sale price and opt not to start until later using the Buy Now, Start Later feature.
30% OFF Abdominal Rehab Splints!
(regularly $35 – $45)
Abdominal splinting is an important part of the abdominal rehab process. It was one that I was reluctant to do, but I found hugely helpful, especially during and after my third pregnancy.
30% OFF Any Program Voucher!
(regularly $79 – $199)
If you want to gift one of these great programs to someone else, or just aren’t ready to start yet, but want to take advantage of the sale price, you can purchase a program voucher.
Use the promo code THANKFUL2017 at checkout to take get a great savings on fantastic program and start healing your body.
I have found these programs truly helpful and supportive in my journey towards strength and wholeness, and I hope you will too.
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