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Incontinence during pregnancy and postpartum – Q&A with a Physical Therapist

I’m Dr. Sneha Gazi. I’m a physical therapist and owner of Sneha Physical Therapy, a NY-based in-home and telehealth practice. I’m the founder and Executive Director of Physical Therapy International Service Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that brings free PT to underserved communities globally. I am also the host and creator of “Fit As A Fiddle” – a health and wellness podcast featuring guest speakers from various fields and available in all major podcast platforms. Continue Reading Incontinence during pregnancy and postpartum – Q&A with a Physical Therapist

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Diastasis recti and postnatal recovery tips for the first 6 weeks and beyond

diastasis recti and postnatal recovery tips for the first 6 weeks and beyond Pregnancy and birth challenge the body in incredible ways. One condition that affects at least 60% of women during and after pregnancy is called abdominal wall separation, or diastasis recti. For over a decade, I have been working closely with women to help them navigate the physical… Continue Reading Diastasis recti and postnatal recovery tips for the first 6 weeks and beyond

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What is the difference between a postpartum doula and a baby nurse?

Preparing for a baby involves making many decisions, including whether a baby nurse, postpartum doula, or family members will support you after the baby’s birth. The postpartum period, often now called “the fourth trimester,” is a time historically when people in all cultures were cared for by close family and friends from the time of birth through the baby’s first 30-40 days. Continue Reading What is the difference between a postpartum doula and a baby nurse?

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When To Call A Pelvic Floor Therapist

“I pee every time I sneeze… is that normal?”
“Every since I had a baby, sex is so painful…does everyone experience that?”
“Every since I gave birth, I feel so much pressure down there… is that ok?”
“My baby is 6 months old; I’ve almost lost all the “baby” weight but I still look pregnant and my lower back is super sore… is that normal?”
“I am so constipated… should I be worried?” Continue Reading When To Call A Pelvic Floor Therapist

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Helpful Dental Tips for Pregnant Women & Nursing Mothers

helpful dental tips for pregnant women& nursing mothers DR. AMANDA TAVOULARIS (dentably.com) Dental health may not be on the forefront of your mind during your pregnancy or while you’re breastfeeding. However, it’s important that you take care of your teeth and gums during this time because up to 75% of women develop inflammation of gums, or gingivitis while they are… Continue Reading Helpful Dental Tips for Pregnant Women & Nursing Mothers

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9 tips for new dads

Becoming a father is one of the biggest transitions in life. It’s totally normal to sometimes feel a little overwhelmed while you learn how to best care for your brand-new little one. As you figure out your new family dynamic, it’s important to remember that your role is equally important as your partner’s. Take an active role from day one, and you’ll be able to support your partner and experience the many joys of new parenthood together. Continue Reading 9 tips for new dads

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Why can therapy help prevent perinatal depression

Did you read the latest news on preventing the most common complication of pregnancy and childbirth? Back up…do you know what the most common complication actually IS? Diabetes? Nope. Preeclampsia? Try again. Believe it or not, perinatal (loosely defined as the time from pregnancy to postpartum) depression and anxiety are actually the most common ailments that women face during this time. Between 11 and 17% of pregnant and new moms suffer from depression and/or anxiety. The good news is that perinatal depression and anxiety are treatable AND, as we now know, preventable. Continue Reading Why can therapy help prevent perinatal depression

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What’s A Postpartum Doula And Why Do I Need One?

Over the past thirteen years, I’ve gotten used to blank looks and confused reactions when I tell people that I’m a postpartum doula. After all, even with increasing attention to the importance of the postpartum period (both in terms of physical and mental health), the unconscionable health crisis in the black community around birth and the postpartum period, and articles like this one, most people still don’t know what a postpartum doula is. Continue Reading What’s A Postpartum Doula And Why Do I Need One?