Pelvic Health: Regaining Your Soft Power

She is The Vagina Coach, the founder of Pelvienne Wellness Inc., and Kegels & Cocktails. Kim Vopni strives to normalize discussions about vaginas, Kegels, and menopause. Her journey to help other women came as a result of her first pregnancy.

Kim Vopni is a certified personal trainer who specializes in pelvic floor therapy. She helps women regain their soft power.

Her mother had postpartum bladder incontinence that required surgery plus chronic back pain. This had Kim search for a way to make her own childbirth easier.

The pelvic floor is a layer of muscles that supports and stabilizes the body. These muscles are responsible for sexual response, continents, managing the openings of the vagina and anus, and supports the body’s internal organs: bladder, uterus, and rectum. During pregnancy, these muscles adapt to accommodate a baby’s growth and change structurally with extreme stretching that can lead to tearing. Postpartum recovery is important.

“We all of a sudden have this belly…a place of shame. We have to hide it and not look pregnant as fast as possible. There’s a disconnect there. We’re not honoring that postpartum recovery in many cultures around the world. There’s a huge emphasis placed on the first 40 days, especially. It’s my belief that we can intervene with pelvic floor-initiated movement, restorative exercise in those first few weeks.”

Rest, rehydration, and proper nourishment are also essential to recovery. Vopni recommends a visit to a pelvic floor physiotherapist about six to eight weeks postpartum.

Prolapse, where the organs shift out of their proper anatomical position, and incontinence can be side effects of childbirth, but anyone can be afflicted.

“It can happen to young fit high-level athletes…dancers, even yoga and Pilates, sometimes horseback riders. You do not have to ever have been pregnant at any point in your life to experience pelvic floor challenges like pain, incontinence, and organ prolapse.”

The bottom line with pelvic health is to arm yourself with knowledge. Daily pelvic floor exercise can be coordinated into whole body movement. Vopni advises women see a pelvic health therapist at least every six months to help manage prenatal, postnatal, menopause, and general pelvic health.

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