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Welcome to The Postpartum Revolution! This podcast was born because, as a pelvic health physical therapist, I’ve heard and seen the ways our system has failed postpartum people in America. Newly postpartum people have repeated the same questions to me, with fear in their eyes and fatigue written all over their bodies, and I’ve grown tired of soothing them with the reassurance that it’s “all a part of the process, it’s normal to feel like this”. I began to wonder - what the hell kind of “normal process” is this, that produces tired and scared mothers? While not everyone has a negative experience with childbirth and postpartum, many people do. A lot of factors influence our postpartum experience: understanding how your body recovers, how much community and financial support you have, and how well our society helps to support a new family. My goal is to provide education about the postpartum recovery process, so you can set yourself up for a successful return to the things that bring you joy. I also want to bring awareness to the larger, systemic challenges that pregnant and postpartum people face, so that collectively we can start to turn the tide of our culture, and our children won't be trapped in an unhealthy and unsupported birth and postpartum culture. We have lost our power in the birth and postpartum world, and our loss is directly linked to other people's gain. It's time to take back the power over our bodies, our births, and our postpartum health. We are the change we have been waiting for. Let's go.

The Postpartum Revolution Annie Hopkins, PT, RYT

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 21 Ratings

Welcome to The Postpartum Revolution! This podcast was born because, as a pelvic health physical therapist, I’ve heard and seen the ways our system has failed postpartum people in America. Newly postpartum people have repeated the same questions to me, with fear in their eyes and fatigue written all over their bodies, and I’ve grown tired of soothing them with the reassurance that it’s “all a part of the process, it’s normal to feel like this”. I began to wonder - what the hell kind of “normal process” is this, that produces tired and scared mothers? While not everyone has a negative experience with childbirth and postpartum, many people do. A lot of factors influence our postpartum experience: understanding how your body recovers, how much community and financial support you have, and how well our society helps to support a new family. My goal is to provide education about the postpartum recovery process, so you can set yourself up for a successful return to the things that bring you joy. I also want to bring awareness to the larger, systemic challenges that pregnant and postpartum people face, so that collectively we can start to turn the tide of our culture, and our children won't be trapped in an unhealthy and unsupported birth and postpartum culture. We have lost our power in the birth and postpartum world, and our loss is directly linked to other people's gain. It's time to take back the power over our bodies, our births, and our postpartum health. We are the change we have been waiting for. Let's go.

    Motherhood: The Ultimate Journey of Self-Discovery, Part 1 - Finding Your Own Path with Rose Schieck

    Motherhood: The Ultimate Journey of Self-Discovery, Part 1 - Finding Your Own Path with Rose Schieck

    Rose Schieck did all the right things to prepare for her pregnancy, but what she didn’t prepare for was motherhood and postpartum. Sleep deprivation, anxiety, and depression came full force once she jumped back into work 2 months after becoming a new mom.
    After a year of self-doubt, guilt, and way too little sleep, Rose decided she needed to do something for herself. She became a registered yoga teacher through the Yoga Alliance. 
    With a new yogic lens, Rose was able to reevaluate her life priorities and begin walking the path of self-discovery. 
    She continued her education by training to become an Energy Medicine Yoga Level one teacher and Reiki I & II Master. 
    With new knowledge and a new appreciation for herself, she was able to prepare herself better for her second birth. 
    Rose shares tips from her experience on how you too, can enjoy motherhood and start your own journey towards self-discovery. 


    This is part one of the episode as we dive deeper into how to find yourself during motherhood. 

    Connect with Rose
    https://www.mamastewell.com/
    Instagram: @mamastewell
    Facebook: Mamaste Well

    Join Rose's upcoming workshop

    Rose's blogs related to today's episode:
    Your Energy Matters, Mama
    Self Talk


    Follow me, your host, Annie on Instagram, and join the Postpartum Revolution on Facebook!

    Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Want to be a guest on the show? Email me at thepostpartumrevolutionpodcast@gmail.com
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    • 42 min
    Rest or Recovery? Choosing the Right Postpartum Exercise Routine with Lindsay McCoy of One Strong Mama

    Rest or Recovery? Choosing the Right Postpartum Exercise Routine with Lindsay McCoy of One Strong Mama

    The first 3 months after childbirth are a tricky time (understatement of the year, I know). You want to feel fit and strong again, but are also immensely tired. Your body is sore, squishy, stinky, sweaty... you feel anything but sexy. You hear conflicting advice - should I rest? Exercise more? What's the best, fastest, safest way to feel at home in my body again? Who can I trust to guide me?

    Enter Lindsay McCoy.

    Lindsay is a busy mom of 4, dog owner, wife, birth doula, personal trainer, and co-founder of One Strong Mama, an online pre and post-natal exercise program.
    Lindsay has a classic story of having her first child only to realize there is so much wrong with the way women are prepared and set up for the birth of a child. 
    She knew that the system was broken and she knew that she needed to change that.
    By her second child, she was able to prepare herself better for a much better experience. 
    Lindsay understood that it wasn’t realistic for a postpartum mom to go back to running 5+ miles a day, or back to CrossFit training just 6 weeks after birth. 
    Between not knowing whether to rest or to exercise, our system sets us up for failure. Thus, Lindsay and her co-founder Lauren Ohayon created One Strong Mama.
    OSM is a very educational-based program that helps pre and postnatal women start small movements that will gradually lead them to their fitness goals, all in due time. 
    She focuses on avoiding fear-based language and setting up the foundation of knowledge, so every woman can make the choice that fits their body and lifestyle needs. 
     
    Follow Lindsay to get her best tips and advice at:
    IG @onestrongmamaprenatal
    FB Group: One Strong Mama Community
    To find her online pre & postnatal program go to her website at www.onestrongmama.com
    Lindsay and Lauren also hav a podcast: One Strong Mama Podcast
    And, don’t forget to join the Revolution and follow me, Annie, your host on:
    IG @fullbloomwellness603
    FB Group: The Postpartum Revolution
    Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Want to be a guest on the show? Email me at thepostpartumrevolutionpodcast@gmail.com
    Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/thepostpartumrevolution)

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Ready To Change Your Life? How Little Shifts Can Spark Big Changes For Your Pelivc Health with Lauren Ohayon of Restore Your Core

    Ready To Change Your Life? How Little Shifts Can Spark Big Changes For Your Pelivc Health with Lauren Ohayon of Restore Your Core

    Friends, it’s January which means there’s still time to change your mindset for 2021. Who am I kidding, anytime is a great time to make positive changes but why not start now?


    Today’s episode dives deep into the mindset of starting small sparks with just one little action to transition into the journey of healing your pelvic health. Healing the physical body is just the beginning, the emotional body cannot be ignored any longer. 


    This episode features Lauren Ohayon, who is an internationally recognized Yoga + Pilates teacher specializing in core and pelvic floor issues, and has been teaching for the past two decades.
    She creates online exercise programs that are challenging, unique, safe, sustainable and life-changing.
    In addition to Yoga and Pilates Lauren is also certified as a Restorative Exercise Specialist™, in Neurokinetic Therapy® and in Anatomy in Motion.


    Although Lauren started her journey as a yoga and pilates teacher she soon honed into the pregnancy and postpartum world once her own motherhood journey began. She realized the knowledge gap in the pelvic health world and was motivated to create a program to help women across the board. 


    Thus her own program was born. Restore Your Core is a step-by-step program for women to heal their core and the pelvic floor, and has helped thousands of people feel strong and confident in their bodies again.


    Follow Lauren on Instagram, or YouTube 
    You can join her 24K member Facebook group here
    Or find her website at www.restoreyourcore.com


    As always, join the revolution on Facebook and help us spread the Postpartum Revolution message! 

    Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Want to be a guest on the show? Email Annie at thepostpartumrevolutionpodcast@gmail.com
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    • 42 min
    We'll be right back, after these important messages (see you in 2021!)...

    We'll be right back, after these important messages (see you in 2021!)...

    It's December, which means we're heading into the season of colder temps and less daylight, and it's a time I feel called to hibernate and store up some energy for these long winter months. I've already put up lights, candles, and a tree to create a cozy den for myself! It's something I've done for years, as an antidote to the bustling Holiday Season, where everyone is busy, over extended, and staying up late. That frantic energy during the darkest month of the year just doesn't sit well with me - it doesn't feel good to be out of sync with the seasons.  

    Ancient medicines like Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine describe Winter as a season of cool, wet, slow, feminine and quiet energies. So, to feel balanced and healthy we should lean in to the qualities of warm, dry, coziness and use the slow, quiet, feminine qualities  to rest, reflect, hold space, hibernate, and withdraw some of your outwardly focused energy and redirect it inward.

    That's what I'll be doing this December - slowing down, resting, reflecting, deepening connection to my community... and building season 2 of The Postpartum Revolution!

    I'd love to stay in touch over the break, so please follow me on Instagram @fullbloomwellness603 - you can join me in a daily 5 min morning meditation (or just cheer me on and hold me accountable to my own practice!). I would love to hear about what rituals and daily nourishing practices you're implementing in your life, and how you are creating more space for you during the hectic holidays. (let's start a Relaxation Revolution!) 

    And, let me know what you want to hear more of in season 2! I love talking to change makers and learning more about how we can rise up together as a community and change postpartum culture for the better. 

    Thank you so much for all the love, support, engagement, and inspiration for my first season - it's been a wild ride and a lot of fun... a bright spot in this strange year. I can't wait to share season 2 with you! 

    KIT (that's "keep in touch" for anyone under 30 lol)
    thepostpartumrevolutionpodcast@gmail.com
    IG: @fullbloomwellness603
    FB: Full Bloom Wellness, LLC
    www.fullbloomwellness603.com


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    • 17 min
    Weights, Wands, Lube and More: Things You Might Find In A Pelvic PT’s Toolbox with Blair Evanosky, PT & Annie Hopkins, PT

    Weights, Wands, Lube and More: Things You Might Find In A Pelvic PT’s Toolbox with Blair Evanosky, PT & Annie Hopkins, PT

    Have you ever wondered what a Pelvic PT uses for treatment? Like, does everyone need a set of vaginal weights, or an insertable wand to release tight muscles? And electric stimulation for the pelvic floor... what the what?!

    In today’s episode, Blair and I talk about some common tools that you might find in a pelvic PT's toolbox, and who they might help and why.

    1:39 Lube, knowing the differences between the three types of lube and the pros and cons of each. Brands we love: Good Clean Love, Uber Lube, Desert Harvest. More lube options here.
    9:24 Arousal Nonconcordance, Wet = aroused, right? Not as often as we are led to believe, hormones play a huge part, especially for postpartum moms. 
    I highly recommend EVERYONE read the book: 
    Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski, Ph.D. 
    16:21 Vaginal Weights/Yoni Cones, Intimate Rose is a great brand

    22:49 Pelvic Wands, vibrating and regular

    31:56 Dilators

    37:25 the Ohnut, can help control depth of penetration during intercourse 
    39:16 Squatty Potty

    45:09 Splinting for Prolapse

    52:48 Pessaries 

    61:25 E-Stim & Biofeedback

    70:43 Bladder Pads vs Menstrual Pads, what's the difference
    *Disclaimer* neither Blair nor I are in any way sponsored by any of these companies/products. We are just providing, with our best knowledge, information that you should consider but not take as medical advice.
    We covered a lot of stuff here, but if we missed something you have questions about - reach out and ask! 

    Connect with Blair:
    www.pregnancyandpostpartumpt.com
    Instagram: @pregnancy_and_postpartum_pt
    Facebook: Pregnancy and Postpartum PT

    Connect with Annie:
    www.fullbloomwellness603.com
    Instagram: @fullbloomwellness603
    Facebook: Full Bloom Wellness

    Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Want to be on the show? Email me at thepostpartumrevolutionpodcast@gmail.com
    Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/thepostpartumrevolution)

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Preventing Injuries As A New Parent: Advice From The Founder Of The Powerful Parent Club with Jason Levine, DPT

    Preventing Injuries As A New Parent: Advice From The Founder Of The Powerful Parent Club with Jason Levine, DPT

    Alright, my Revolutionaries, grab your partner and give this episode a listen together. After you birth a child, you realize that your body needs to heal and get stronger to keep up with your kiddo, but what we don’t mention is that the non-birthing parent needs to get strong too!
    The typical “prepare for baby” talk involves car seats and changing diapers. But, were you ever asked, “Are you physically strong enough to carry a 20 lb kettlebell around all the dang time?” 
    Probably not… the physical demands of children are hard. And nobody warns soon-to-be parents of what their body is about to endure. 
    The lifting, the pulling and tugging, the jumping, and more, our body is in the frontline of injury. 
    You wouldn’t put your body through a marathon without training, so why is parenting treated any differently?
    Today, I chatted with Jason Levine, an orthopedic physical therapist and a father of two girls. PT to PT, we discussed the physical demands of children, how you can prevent these child-induced injuries by getting creative with your daily movement and finding the right care based on your individual needs. 
    Here are the links to Jason’s amazing resources. (Seriously, join his FB Group for inspiring ways to bring exercise into you and your child’s life!) 
    The Powerful Parent Club Facebook Group
    Website (Where you can find The Newish Parent Guide to Avoiding Unnecessary Pain): https://www.focused-physio.com

    Instagram: 
    @thepowerfulparentclub
    @focusedphysio

    Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Want to be on the show? Email me at thepostpartumrevolutionpodcast@gmail.com 
    Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/thepostpartumrevolution)

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Christa G. ,

Love this show!

Annie has the best guests, has great conversations and every episode is always filled with so much insight. I look forward to each new episode!

Invest in knowledge ,

Such a good listen

Annie is such a light! She is on an amazing mission to help share awareness of information we need. Spreading light to improve the birthing and postpartum experience. Highly recommend. So many gems of wisdom

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If you have a uterus—whether you’re postpartum or not—you have an ally here!

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