If you’ve been listening to the podcast for a while you know that anytime I can talk about the pelvic floor, it puts a smile on my face. Today’s conversation does exactly that. We’re talking about pelvic organ prolapse and the role the pelvic floor plays in supporting those organs or maybe not supporting those organs so well.
To have this conversation, I welcomed Jeanice Mitchell to Yoga| Birth| Babies. She’s a physical therapist with advanced training and certifications in women’s health, biofeedback, and pelvic health and founder of the popular instagram @mypelvicfloormuscles and nonprofit myPFM.
Jeanice has the best enthusiasm for this topic! She goes over so much information about what pelvic organ prolapse is and makes it so understandable. You’re going to be shocked to find out how prevalent pelvic organ prolapse is. We talk about the symptoms, go over how to check for it, how to talk to your care provider about it, what rehab and the healing process are like, as well as things that might worsen prolapse.
I am extremely excited for you to listen to this conversation! If you have any sort of pelvic organ prolapse, there are things you can do to heal. If you’re concerned about your pelvic floor and your pelvic organs that can create more stress (which isn’t good for your pelvic floor) and can greatly affect your quality of life. Learning how to heal prolapse can vastly improve the quality of your life and we want that for you.
In this episode you will learn:
- Learn about Jeanice and how she ended up focusing on pelvic health.
- What is pelvic organ prolapse is.
- how prevalent pelvic organ prolapse is.
- The different types and grades.
- The symptoms.
- How to check if you have it.
- What to do if you suspect you have it, next steps.
- What the rehab and healing process is like.
- Things that can worsen prolapse.
- How breastfeeding affects the healing process of prolapse.
- At what point, someone might consider a pessary or surgery.
- One final tip/piece of advice Jeanice has for new or expectant parents.
- Where you can find Jeanice’s work.
Jeanice Mitchell is a physical therapist with advanced training and certifications in women’s health, biofeedback, and pelvic health. She began specializing in this area of physical therapy after the birth of her son in 1999. She has seen the profound impact of pelvic floor PT on her own life as well as with countless patients over the years.
She started myPFM.com (a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization) in 2018 with the goal of improving global pelvic health awareness and access to resources. The mission of myPFM is “Pelvic Health for All. Everyone. Everywhere. Every Language.” You can find fun, engaging pelvic health content and resources on her website, Instagram and YouTube channels.
Connect with Jeanice:
Instagram @mypelvicfloormuscles: https://www.instagram.com/reel/CYwR3XEqOHk/?utm_medium=copy_link
YouTube mypelvicfloormuscles: https://youtube.com/c/myPelvicFloorMuscles
perineal tear prevention clinical care standards: https://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/publications-and-resources/resource-library/third-and-fourth-degree-perineal-tears-clinical-care-standard
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