Every Woman Should Know . . .

“After I had my second child, I really had a lot of pain in my pelvic floor . . . and I wouldn’t really know how to describe what I was feeling because it was new to me. I didn’t really have the same kind of pain the first time that I had my child. So, I remember that after I delivered him . . . if I would carry his baby seat . . . I began to feel a lot of pressure and pain in my bottom and it actually caused some tearing. Then I had to go to my doctor and they had to do stitching in the office.”

“BUT – nobody told me how to support my muscles when I lift something after I had a baby. And, for whatever reason, it didn’t happen the first time but now the second time . . . and here I am having to take care of a toddler and lift up the seat of my newborn. It created so much pain and problems for my muscles . . . that I actually tore, even without the trauma of birth.”

“Sex was always painful after that and I really had to seek help to get my muscles to relax and open. Nowadays, no one is telling patients or telling women how to support their muscles after they have a baby . . . how to get your body to be more supportive in your lifting and in your daily activities. No one told me that after you have a baby, you need to make sure you are supporting your muscles before you lift your newborn or when you are putting them in the crib.”


“I think everybody needs to have a program, where they know what tools they can use after they have a baby to strengthen their bodies, to strengthen their pelvic floors that have been through trauma, even if you have had a C-Section.”

“I believe that we really lack the knowledge, particularly in this country, to know how to do that automatically. We need providers to tell us. We need people, experts, to train us in this area. I think that if we don’t, we see more and more problems as women have children, as women try to re-coop . . . even a year or two or three or four down the line . . . the same recurrent problems . . . either Incontinence or rectal pain or something of that nature. We really do need education on how to strengthen our bodies from the INSIDE OUT.”

Published by Dr. Cora T Huitt

Cora T. Huitt, PT, DPT, BCB-PMD ~Thirty seven years of clinical practice, specializing in women's health for fifteen years. ~BS Degree in Allied Health Professions, Ohio State University, '72. ~Master of Arts in College Teaching (MACT) focus in Physical Therapy & Therapeutic Exercise, University of North Carolina, '76. ~ Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Alabama State University, 2010 ~Attended multiple courses offered in Women's Health Physical Therapy, including Pelvic 1, 2, 3 Course in Women's Health Section APTA. ~Member of VPTA and APTA, Women's Health Section. ~BCIA-PMDB Biofeedback- Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback. ~Certified Pilates instructor, ProHealth. ~Affiliate member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. ~Member of International Continence Society. ~Member of National Vulvodynia Association. ~Adjunct Clinical Faculty for student affiliation at multiple universities. ~Director of APTA Women's Health Residency since 2007, credentialed in 2008. (only other residency at Duke Unviersity)

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