One woman’s mission to end the stigma around leaks and lumps after childbirth. Honest chat about incontinence, prolapse and pelvic pain. Not a trampoline in sight. Hosted by Helen Ledwick.
Bonus Episode: Rachel Horne
You thought it was all over. It is now! Helen rounds off the series with Rachel Horne, News Presenter for The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Virgin Radio. Rachel gives an honest and moving account of traumatic birth, facing up to her urinary incontinence, marathon training...and screaming in the woods.
'Having incontinence issues because you've had children is part of the story, but you've got to get to the next chapter where you fix it!'
Rachel's instagram: @rachelhornerainbow
Helen catches up with her 'Pop Club' - three friends with pelvic organ prolapse who keep each other smiling. There's talk of difficult births, pelvic pain, surgery and pessaries...and bonding over broken vaginas at a local coffee shop.
Find more: www.whymumsdontjump.com
Helen meets the freelance writer, Sarah Haselwood, who's lived with pelvic pain since the birth of her first son 7 years ago. Sarah talks about her traumatic birth, her long journey to diagnose a tight pelvic floor and the jaw-dropping treatment which gave her back her life.
Sarah is @corporatetokids on Instagram and @CorporatetoKids on Twitter
Sarah's website is: https://corporatetokids.com/
Find more: www.whymumsdontjump.com
How do you find a new path to fitness when prolapse or incontinence is holding you back? How do you get past The Fear and learn to move again? How do you break a sweat without losing your insides? Helen meets Emma Brockwell, a specialist women's health physio, co-writer of the first guidelines for postnatal women returning to running and co-founder of the pelvic health campaign, Pelvic Roar.
'You need to move. You can move. You possibly just need a bit of guidance as to how to start.'
Emma Brockwell, Physiomum website is www.physiomum.co.uk
Emma's instagram: @physiomumuk
Other links from episode 6:
You can find Emma's Returning to Running Postnatal guidelines here: https://mailchi.mp/38feb9423b2d/returning-to-running-postnatal-guideline
Pelvic Roar website: www.pelvicroar.org
PopUp (Hayley Shevener) website: www.popuplifting.com
Squeezy App website: www.squeezyapp.com
Holistic Core Restore website: www.holisticcorerestore.com
Elaine Miller (aka Gusset Grippers) is @gusset_grippers on Instagram
Helen meets the London author, Luce Brett, who became incontinent after the birth of her first son. Luce talks about dealing with the the shock and embarrassment of urinary incontinence and prolapse at the age of 30. She shares her journey through physio and surgery, her thoughts on turning the stigma on its head...and measuring wee in a takeaway cup.
'Stigma can't bear it, if you name it'.
Luce's book 'PMSL: Or How I Literally Pissed Myself Laughing and Survived the Last Taboo to Tell the Tale' is available on Amazon to pre-order and released on June 25, 2020.
Half of women over 50 have pelvic organ prolapse (https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/patients/patient-information-leaflets/gynaecology/pi-pelvic-organ-prolapse.pdf)
One in three women over the age of 25 have symptoms of prolapse or incontinence (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18310371/)
The Head Game
What are the mental health implications of pelvic floor dysfunction? How do you get your head around the emotional impact of conditions like prolapse, incontinence or pelvic pain and find a new happy? Helen meets Dr Rebecca Moore, a perinatal psychiatrist and co-founder of the campaign Make Birth Better.
'We don't give women the time and space to talk about these injuries, which I think is crazy.'
Dr Rebecca Moore Website: www.doctorrebeccamoore.com
Make Birth Better: www.makebirthbetter.org
The Masic Foundation: www.masic.org.uk