By Julia Di Paolo
You might remember that I wrote about my ideal patient in a recent post entitled "5 Reasons to See a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist." I was talking about working with one particular client, who I was able to see prenatally and postpartum. I love it when I can work with a woman in prengnacy and teach her the exercises she needs before baby arrives to insure a healthy labour, and a pregnancy and delivery that best protects her body. I love seeing this client again postpartum, meeting her little one, and helping her to restore proper functioning in her pelvic floor muscles so that she doesn’t have to live life feeling uncomfortable, peeing herself, undergoing drastic and scary surgery, limiting her life because of what her body can or can’t do, not feeling good about her body and shape because of “mummy tummy” or just otherwise having to compromise on her best self because she has entered the best part of life, motherhood.
This ideal client sent me a wonderful letter recently (she is 6 months postpartum). While reading it I thought, this is why I love being a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist. I wanted to share this letter with you.
I wanted to thank you for being my pre and post-natal physiotherapist. Exercise/staying fit was always a big part of my life and I was so worried how all that would change once I had a baby. I was just so worried about how my body would react and recover given all the horror stories that you hear about. Anyway, I played in my first basketball game on Monday and I felt so good, just like my old self again. It was such a wonderful feeling!
It was really hard for me to trust in this process but luckily, you kept me motivated and you kept assuring me that everything will work out. I cannot thank you enough. You have made a positive impact on my life and I am so grateful."
Thank you to all of the women who have let me in to the most personal and private aspect of their lives, at their must vulnerable, and allowed me to be a part of their pregnancy and postpartum experience. THIS is why I love what I do.
This blog is cross-posted on Bellies Inc.