Postpartum Strong from the Inside Out

What I Wish I Had Known About My Body Before Giving Birth

by Jane Broadbent

Below is a guest post from Jane Broadbent about her postpartum experience and how physical therapist, Dr. Cora Huitt helped her recover from common symptoms women have after giving birth.

I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Cora while photographing your beautiful family, I told her I had a newborn and she was able to give me so many tips to help my body recover, I was very blessed to meet her when I did.  Below is a video explaining what being postpartum strong means.  Enjoy!

Standing in my kitchen, I could feel it coming but could do nothing to stop it. My

muscles were not responding. It was two in the morning, I had not slept in days, my

newborn was sobbing, and all I could do was stand there as urine streamed down

my leg, puddling at my feet. Leaving my pee-soaked clothes in a heap, I held my new

son and we sobbed together. I felt like a failure. Not only did I not know how to

soothe this sweet new life, I could not even control my own body.

I had been prepared for my body to change during pregnancy. It was my second

child, so I felt like I knew what I was doing. Unfortunately, despite running races

and feeling strong on the outside, I had no idea how weak my body really was.

While being pregnant, I suddenly lost the ability to hold my urine. The more my

child grew, the more I peed. However, I was convinced once I gave birth it would

“clear up”. Only it didn’t. Between my pads and my son’s diapers I don’t know who

was getting changed more. I couldn’t run, I couldn’t play with my four year old, I

couldn’t go anywhere without knowing where the bathroom was.

I was desperate for someone to fix me! I needed my body back and my family

needed me back. Thankfully, I learned about a physical therapy I never knew

existed. Women’s health physical therapy, or pelvic floor physical therapy,

specializes in treating pelvic floor issues ranging from prolapsed organs, pelvic pain

incontinence, and postpartum care. I found my way into an exam room at Women’s

Health Physical Therapy. My therapist was Dr. Cora Huitt, a women’s health

specialist. With her help and guidance, I learned that birth can injure your pelvic

floor muscles the same way a fall can injure your neck muscles. The difference

is you don’t see your pelvic floor muscles so you need to be able to recognize

the symptoms. Incontinence is a symptom of weakened or damaged pelvic floor


I had felt like I had lost control and was worried I’d be dealing with these problems

the rest of my life. The worst part was my issues were preventing me from being

the mother and wife I wanted to be. But, with therapy I healed. I got my life back.

I hope more women learn about the power of women’s health physical therapy

because there is hope for recovery. Relief is possible after rehabilitation. As

mothers, we learn the importance of being strong. From my women’s health

physical therapist I learned how to be make my postpartum body strong from

the inside out. If you have just had a baby, I urge you to schedule a postpartum

evaluation with a women’s health physical therapist in your area to make sure your

body is postpartum strong.