Hey mama! Looking for a safe space to land while you’re
navigating “all the things” on pregnancy and birth?
Like myself, I bet you have spent hours, going down rabbit holes trying to learn:
- How do I take care of my body after the changes of pregnancy?
- How do I best prepare my body for birth?
- How do I sleep, rest, or even think of exercising while caring a baby?
- What movements or exercises can I do that won’t hurt my belly or pelvic floor?
I see you and I have this covered for you mama.
My clients and I have done it all…
- Read “What To Expect When You Are Expecting,” and the mommy and pregnancy blogs
- Signed up for emails from Baby Center
- Lurked on social media…and more.
But what I know from my own experience with 5 kids and my clients is that mamas can LEARN to handle whatever is thrown at them. But first, they find confidence and power for each part of the process. This confidence helps them uncover unconditional joy and calm through the adventure of pregnancy to recovery.
What if you knew you could be confident in the uncertainty of motherhood by using skill and tools in your own power to bring a healthy pregnancy and birth for both you and your babe(s)?
This is where I come in! I have helped mamas and mamas-to-be discover that the process of being and becoming a mother does not have to be scary. This is why I team up with mothers so they have guidance, solutions, and support in the unknown adventures of motherhood and find joy and calmness in pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum recovery.
Common but not normal misconceptions surrounding
pregnancy and birth that mamas are told:
- “It is normal to have back pain (or pain anywhere)…it will go away once you have baby.”
- “You will always leak urine now that you are a mama.“
- “You have heaviness in your pelvic floor? Just wait till postpartum to address this as there is nothing you can do in pregnancy.”
- “Do not worry about your belly separating (diastasis recti).”
- “There is no need to do pelvic floor physical therapy until after baby.”
- “You can only birth on your back, especially if you choose an epidural.”
- “Tearing in birth happens and there is nothing you can do to change that.”
What results my clients have shared with me:
- “I no longer leak OR feel heaviness in my lady parts.”
- “I did not have any pain after 1-2 visits and I have exercises, and activities I can do in future pregnancies!”
- “I had the birth I wanted and felt so confident and I was able to birth the way I envisioned.”
- “I am no longer scared to give birth.”
- “I was able to return to run after baby without leaking.”
What conditions do I treat:
Pelvic Girdle Pain:
• Sacroiliac dysfunction (commonly confused with low back pain)
• Pubic symphysis dysfunction (pain or
instability at front of groin area).
Pelvic Health Concerns:
• Pain with sex or other pelvic pain concerns
• Heaviness in the pelvis
• Pelvic Organ Prolapse (when pelvic organs are
pushing in or out of the vaginal wall)
• Incontinence/Urgency (difficulty controlling the bowel/bladder)
• Tailbone pain
• Diastasis Recti
• Caesarean Section Care and Massage
• Hip pain
• Low back pain
• Numbness and tingling in arms or legs
• General aches and pains
• Headaches/neck pain
• Difficulty walking or moving
• Balance issues/feeling like you are falling
• Other concern not listed? Please contact me today
Assessment and Treatment:
Assessment and treatments are provided to address specific concerns you may have or have been found during your evaluation. Treatment will include some or all of the following:
• Posture analysis and support in standing and during movement
• Exercises, stretches, and actives with an individualized home program and or handout(s) provided to support you
• Education to support pain free movements OR positions of comfort you use throughout the day
• Gentle hands on therapy including myofascial release, massage, joint
mobilization, muscle stretching and more.
• Pelvic floor (PF) evaluation and treatment (optional). Here we can check how well you can move your PF, through a range of motion, for not only bladder, and bowel control, but also the ability to tune into the PF for birth.
• Address maintaining sports in pregnancy, such as running, lifting, CrossFit, barre, yoga, pilates, plyometrics/HIIT, through a full assessment of mechanics and programming of that specific sport.
• Instruction on when to increase or decrease exercise intensity.
Pregnancy Wellness and Birth Preparation visits:
Many of my clients wish to be prepared for pregnancy and birth. This allows them to avoid the above listed concerns and have a professional guide them through pregnancy and prepare them for birth.
This program is customized for each clients goals for their care. Additionally, birth preparation visits come with an ebook that covers many of the prep topics listed below. Many clients often extend their packages to include both pregnancy and postpartum recovery.
• Movement to help baby move earth side.
• Awareness of your body in preparation of baby engaging in birth.
• Total body strength to change positions and have endurance for the birth.
• Reduce discomfort in pregnancy such as back and pelvic girdle pain.
• Preparing the pelvic floor for birth through pelvic floor muscle massage, stretching, and other holistic approaches.
• Labor and delivery positions that protect the pelvic floor or that consider other orthopedic concerns (such as pubic bone pain).
• Comfort measures to reduce the feeling of the surge of the contractions.
• Breathing strategies to use throughout labor and delivery.
• Postpartum exercises provided that are gentle to begin immediately after baby and up to your 6-8 week physical therapy postpartum appointment
Ready to work together to have a healthy pregnancy and prepare for the birth you envision?
Schedule a one on one conversation to share your goals for care!
I have a gift for you Mama!
The gift is an awesome Mama stretches exercise guide
This guide will support you when caring for your babe(s)
“I participated in Dr. Rachael’s Core Defined class. Here I learned simple yet everyday functional activities I can do to promote healing and strength in my body. I currently am focusing on healing my diastasis recti from carrying and birthing three beautiful children. Dr. Rachael was able to give me a diastasis recti assessment and show me how I can assess and monitor my improvement. Dr. Rachael’s extensive knowledge from her physical therapy training and continuing education were evident in her class yet she was able to convey her knowledge in simple practical tips for me to use in everyday life. Her core defined class included both lecture and a hands-on approach by practicing the exercises and techniques with her personal guidance and expertise. Dr. Rachael has a very professional yet gentle approach to working with her participants. I left class knowing where I was at, my personal next step, and a desire to improve and learn more.”
“Her service has helped me inspire myself to become stronger and more engaged in my recovery. It makes me feel like getting my body back after baby is easily obtainable if I apply myself just a little more in my daily routine by adding awareness and a few easy practical exercises. I feel like I’ve lost some inches in my waist from this and that makes my feel very happy.” -Autumn