Hi my name is Melissa but usually people call me Mel.
If you would have told me even a year ago that I would be on social media talking about vaginas and pooping, I would have laughed at you.
But here I am.
I have been a physiotherapist for over 12 years but found my way to the pelvic floor and all it’s wonder after I had my first baby over 5 years ago.
I felt broken postpartum, in pain AND very down about it. I had always been an active person therefore felt recovery should be no problem and I would get back to running, swimming, home workouts, hiking and cycling with no issues.
Even as a physio, I did not understand the effects pregnancy and delivery would have on my body. Not to mention the lack of guidance postpartum!! This was the hardest part because it made me feel alone.
I didn’t know whether to push harder with my exercise to get over the hump or to stop?
I didn’t get it.
For the record, we learn very little about pregnancy and postpartum and even less about the pelvic floor in our Physiotherapy education.
It wasn’t until I started seeking help from a pelvic health physio and did my own research that I started putting the pieces together.
I have since taken many postgraduate courses that help me understand this under-serviced group of women.
Now pregnant and postpartum women come to me for help and guidance.
Now I get it.
Not only do I know how you feel because I have felt it, I am listening and I am here to help.
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