16 episodes

Pregnant and overwhelmed with information and how to apply it to yourself? Looking to have an empowered birth experience? New mom and disappointed by the lack of guidance to help you recover? Wanting to learn about how to nurture the only body you will ever have? This podcast is FOR you! I'm a mom of two, an entrepreneur and a physical therapist. As a mom I have experienced the lack of support during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. This is what lead me to further my education and develop a special interest in helping women. In this podcast I am going to talk to a wide range of health care practitioners who work specifically with women to bring you evidence based information that you can put into practice immediately. I am excited to see the changes we can bring.

The Pelvic Floor Project Melissa Dessaulles from Mommy Berries

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Pregnant and overwhelmed with information and how to apply it to yourself? Looking to have an empowered birth experience? New mom and disappointed by the lack of guidance to help you recover? Wanting to learn about how to nurture the only body you will ever have? This podcast is FOR you! I'm a mom of two, an entrepreneur and a physical therapist. As a mom I have experienced the lack of support during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. This is what lead me to further my education and develop a special interest in helping women. In this podcast I am going to talk to a wide range of health care practitioners who work specifically with women to bring you evidence based information that you can put into practice immediately. I am excited to see the changes we can bring.

    Overactive bladder with a urologist

    Overactive bladder with a urologist

    In this episode, I sit down with urologist Dr. Jennifer Locke to discuss:
    the relationship between the brain, bladder and pelvic floorwhat the research suggests as the first line of defence for treating overactive bladderhow medications may/may not helpwhen is surgery warrantedthe role of your family doctor, urologist and physiotherapist in treatmentDr. Jennifer Locke is a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada certified Urologist with subspecialty training in reconstructive urology (female urology, male urology, neurogenic bladder, overactive bladder, urinary incontinence, urethral stricture disease).
    Dr. Locke grew up in Tsawwassen, British Columbia and attended the University of British Columbia for her undergraduate degree in chemistry. She then completed a PhD in experimental medicine at the University of British Columbia followed by her MD training at the University of Toronto. She completed her residency training in urology at the University of British Columbia followed by her fellowship training in reconstructive urology at the University of Toronto.
    Her current clinical practice is based out of Kelowna and consists of a mixture of general urology and reconstructive urology. Operating out of the Kelowna General Hospital she serves the greater Okanagan region and beyond.


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    my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: https://mommyberries.com
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    • 31 min
    Supporting your body the first 6 weeks after c-section

    Supporting your body the first 6 weeks after c-section

    In this episode, I sit down with fellow pelvic health physiotherapist and new mom Kjersti Malinski shortly after her 2nd c-section. 
    The advice women are given after c-section is usually, “Don’t lift more than your baby and don’t drive”. 
    Our goal for this episode is to help fill it the gaps in information and guidance. 
    Here is what we discuss:
    What Kjersti learned from her first c-section and what she did differently the 2nd timeOur #1 suggestion for the early days and weeksTips and tricks to help you move more comfortablySupport bands/belly bands How and when to start scar massageWhere to start with exerciseWhen can you start core/pelvic floor exerciseDo you actually need to wait 6 weeks to do any activity?Silicone bandages for scar healingKjersti Malinski is pelvic health physiotherapist passionate about helping people from a whole body, whole person integrated approach. She completed her Bachelor’s of Human Kinetics and Masters of PT at UBC and has since completed post grad training in a multitude of pelvic Health topics. Currently on maternity leave with her second child, Kjersti loves spending time with family and doing anything outside.
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    Kjersti works at both:
    https://wavephysio.ca/
    https://www.karephysio.com/ 


    I’m here to help you achieve the pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience you imagine. 
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    • 41 min
    CrossFit and weightlifting during pregnancy and postpartum

    CrossFit and weightlifting during pregnancy and postpartum

    In this episode I sit down with Brittany Klingmann, fellow physiotherapist, CrossFit athlete and level 1 coach, weightlifter and mom. 
    We discuss:
    Brittany’s top 3 suggestions for pregnancy
    Learn what to listen and watch forBreathe through exerciseExpect gradual deconditioningBrittany’s top 3 suggestions for postpartum
    Consider how we rehab from other injuriesWatch for breath holdingHave a plan for gradual reconditioning Brittany Klingmann is an orthopaedic and pelvic health physiotherapist. She is a mom of 2 who brough both babies into the world via c-section birth. It was her own journey’s return to Crossfit and weightlifting that fuelled her passion for helping others feel supported and empowered while returning to their desired activity. 
    Contact Brittany to book an online 1:1 session or group session bklingmann@gmail.com

    Online program to support your body through pregnancy, birth and the first 6 weeks postpartum:
    Complete Program
    Pregnancy Program
    Postpartum Program

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    Thanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:
    my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: https://mommyberries.com
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    • 46 min
    Postpartum recovery with elite marathon runner Malindi Elmore

    Postpartum recovery with elite marathon runner Malindi Elmore

    In this episode, Malindi and I discuss:
    The difficulties she had finding postpartum guidance after her first birth in 2017The symptoms she struggled with after her first was bornWhat she learned and how she applied this to her 2nd postpartum recoveryHow she has built up to marathon and qualifying for the 2021 Olympics as a mom of 2.Her advice for new moms who want to return to high level activityMalindi Elmore is an 8 time Canadian Champion in track and field, cross country running and road racing.  After a long career representing Canada at the Olympic Games, Pan American Games, Commonwealth Games and World Championships in the 1500m race, Malindi retired from competitive sport to pursue other career and family goals.  After her first son was born in 2014, Malindi re-invented herself as a triathlete, and competed professionally for 3 years in long course triathlon, which included multiple podium performances and a sub 9 hour ironman.  She retired again from sport when she was pregnant with her 2nd son, however, within a few months of his birth she decided to try a marathon.  The marathon was so much fun that she was hooked on running again, and in only her second ever marathon, set a Canadian Marathon Record of 2:24 which qualified her for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics which will be held later this summer. At 41 years old, Malindi juggles a busy life as an athlete, coach and mom to two boys who are now 2 and 6 years old.  
    Here is where you can find my online program Malindi worked through after her 2nd birth:
    https://mommyberries.com
    You can follow Malindi’s story and progress on IG @malindielmore
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    Thanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:
    my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: https://mommyberries.com
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    • 36 min
    Diastasis recti repair with a plastic surgeon

    Diastasis recti repair with a plastic surgeon

    There is an underlying belief that to address diastasis rectus abdominis, your options are physiotherapy OR surgery and that surgery is the easy way out. 
    I sat down with my surgeon in this episode to dispel this myth and help listeners understand how physiotherapy and surgery can compliment one another and help you better understand the surgery itself. 
    Here are the topics we discussed:
    How Dr. D became recognized as a leading surgeon for diastasis recti repairHow working with physiotherapists has helped to modify his techniques to improve patient outcomesThe symptoms of diastasis recti that cause women to book a consult with a plastic surgeonThe difference between terms like:abdominoplastytummy tuckmini tummy tuckliposuctionmuscle repairrectus plicationWhy there are so many different surgical techniques amongst surgeons What YOU should look for in a surgeonWhat patients Dr. D would not operate onPatient satisfaction after surgery and how often it “goes wrong”Why this surgery is not covered by our medical systemDr. Demianczuk from Pacific Plastic Surgery is a cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgeon with over 20 year experience in Vancouver BC, Canada.  He has been appointed as Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia and is the Director of the UBC Resident Cosmetic Clinic. Dr. Demianczuk remains committed to the education of medical students and residents while maintaining a full clinical practice. 
    website: https://www.vancouverplasticsurgery.ca/meet-the-surgeon/
    IG: https://www.instagram.com/vancouverplasticsurgery/?hl=en


    Thanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:
    my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: https://mommyberries.com
    I offer online appointments to help you address diastasis during pregnancy as you recover postpartum and as you navigate surgery. 
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    • 49 min
    Why the pain in your vagina, or elsewhere in your pelvis, won’t go away

    Why the pain in your vagina, or elsewhere in your pelvis, won’t go away

    Pain is a common symptom that people experience. The most common that bring people in to see a pelvic health physio are:
    bladder painpelvic pain (SI joint, pubic symphysis, hip)tailbone painpain with intercoursepain associated with periodspain in the vagina, anus or vulvaIn this episode we talk about:
    What pain is and what it is trying to tell usWhy pain sometimes doesn’t go awayHow our brain and body gets increasingly sensitive to painThe role physiotherapists playOur goal of this episode is to help you understand that your pain is real.  It’s not all in your head…but it kind of is in your head… because it is all about your brain. 
    Link to a video interview that Jill and I did on the topic of endometriosis.
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    Part 2
    Link to video by Lorimer Mosely 

    Jill Mueller has been a physiotherapist since 2001. Her interest in Pelvic Health Therapy stems from experiencing her own journey with endometriosis, and fertility challenges for 10 years.  Through learning more about the disease, implementing pain neuroscience and visceral therapy, she has taught herself how to escape her monthly cycle of pain.  Jill is passionate about sharing what she has learned with other Pelvic Physiotherapists and her clients.
    Work: 
    Healthy Balance Physiotherapy & Wellness (on the border of Oakville & Burlington).
    www.hbpw.ca
    Facebook & IG: @oakvillephysio 
    Personal website: 
    www.jillmueller.ca 
    Facebook & IG: @jillmuellerpt @endotogether
    Thanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:
    my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: https://mommyberries.com
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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EricaF14 ,

Great Listen!

A new podcast discovery! Right away the first episode was great. Such a great introduction to the pelvic floor. I honestly felt so relaxed and connected listening from afar. Can’t wait for more episodes.

AddieLe ,

Must Listen

Melissa shares important info on the pelvic floor in easy to digest segments. Highly recommend for anyone pregnant, postpartum (even if it’s been 30 years), thinking about maybe someday having a baby, or anyone experiencing any sort of pelvic floor disfunction that would like to arm themselves with info!

urology nurse practitioner ,

Great podcast!

This was an excellent introduction to the pelvic floor, what muscles are involved and why it matters so much to women. It was surprisingly helpful guidance for an audio-only format—- you’d think we need a visual while learning this, but no, the audio was quite effective.
I’m so excited to hear the next podcast.

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