In our line of work we talk to a lot of mamas. Two of the most common concerns are lack of lubrication (especially for those who are breastfeeding), and changes in pelvic floor strength that affect bladder control and sexual satisfaction. Postpartum incontinence and painful sex aren't things that get talked about a lot, so sadly a lot of women feel alone. To make matters worse, the default solution is usually to "do more Kegels", but as Kim Vopni talks about in our podcast today, that can sometimes make things worse.
In this week's podcast, we discuss:
- Why Kim thinks we should say goodbye to ab crunches
- Changing the story around childbirth and its impact on women’s bodies (to one that’s more empowering!)
- Why Kim is passionate about the Epi-NO (and the product’s surprising roots in African midwifery)
- Statistics about how many women suffer from pelvic organ prolapse (and more importantly, how it can be treated)
- Tools for ensuring you’re addressing the real root cause of pelvic floor issues (otherwise you could be wasting a lot of time and money!)
Kim Vopni – The Fitness Doula – is the owner of Pelvienne Wellness Inc and co-founder of Bellies Inc offering innovative products and services to pregnant women for a better birth and recovery. She began her fitness career in 1996 leading classes and clients in both one on one and group sessions and in 2004 after the birth of her first son, her business was also born. Kim is a mom of 2 boys, a Certified Personal Trainer and a Certified Pre/Post Natal Fitness Consultant and a trained postpartum doula. She combines the support aspect of a doula with the principles of fitness to help her pregnant clients ‘Prepare To Push’ while postpartum she helps her clients optimize healing and regain their core confidence for motherhood. You can find her on-line at www.pelviennewellness.com and www.belliesinc.com on facebook @PelvienneWellness and @BelliesInc and on twitter @FitnessDoula and @BelliesInc. Kim is also be a contributing writer for the Globe and Mail's online Health section.
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Kim & Amy Sedgwick love to discuss sex, periods, and all the other things we’re not supposed to talk about. The co-founders of Red Tent Sisters and ecosex.ca, they’ve been featured in every major Canadian news outlet and have become a trusted resource for women seeking natural (effective!) birth control, a more joyful sex life, and an empowered journey to motherhood.