by Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins
Episode #57: Preparing Physically for Birth & Postpartum Healing with Brooke Cates from The Bloom Method
We talk a lot on the podcast about preparing for your birth, and usually that revolves around preparing mentally. We're diving into another aspect of birth preparation today though, and we're focusing on how you can prepare both physically and mentally for your birth and for the postpartum healing process.
Brooke Cates is the founder of the Bloom Method, which empowers expecting and postnatal moms with smart, safe and effective education and workouts. The method works to prepare mothers for birth, prevent and heal injury-based Diastasis Recti and common pelvic floor injuries, and help moms re-strengthen themselves postpartum.
Brooke and I talk about her experience working with expecting moms and how she helps people prepare physically for labor. We also talk about why diaphragmatic breathing is such a powerful tool for labor and beyond.
We then chat about the postpartum period and why it's so important to give yourself time to heal before leaping right back into the workouts you enjoyed before pregnancy. Brooke also shares who the Bloom Method is a good fit for and how her own pregnancy affected her work.
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Pregnancy, diastasis, diaphragmatic breathing, perineal tear, birth, birth preparation, physical therapy, the Bloom Method, exercising while pregnant