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76: Revolutionising Pessaries: The Future of Pelvic Organ Prolapse Treatment Revealed - Find Out When You Can Try It, an update from REIA Health
May 23 2023
76: Revolutionising Pessaries: The Future of Pelvic Organ Prolapse Treatment Revealed - Find Out When You Can Try It, an update from REIA Health
DESCRIPTION If you're seeking help living with pelvic organ prolapse to manage your symptoms, look no further than this episode. Join us for this follow-up conversation with Kaitlin Maier from REIA Health.  Listen to episode #22 with Kaitlyn for the first interview before this update: https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-eu8rn-113304b (The Promotion with Madame Flavour Tea is no longer available, sorry).  Sign up for the REIA newsletter for the latest updates on the FDA approval and when you will be able to try this new pessary for you.  Let us know what you think of this update. Leave your comments below or DM via Instagram @bravemumma.  This episode is for you if you want to know more about: pelvic organ prolapse pessaries for prolapseprolapse symptoms medical trials advocating for better women's pelvic health Links For You: 1. Special Guest: Kaitlyn from REIA Health. Sign up for their newsletter: https://www.reiahealth.com/ 2. Podbean: Use code Bravemum30 for the first 30 days of podcast hosting for free.  3. Prolapse Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/tipsandtricksforwomenlivingwithpop   Books: The Day My Vagina Broke Tips & Tricks for Living with Prolapse: https://bravemumma-tipsandtricks.mailerpage.io/   Connect & Contact Us: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bravemumma/ Bravemumma website: https://www.bravemumma.com/   CREDITS Host - Stephanie Thompson Podcast logo artist: Khrystyna Lukashchuk Brand Designer: Brodie-Rose Original Soundtrack: Steven Robinson
75: Unlock Your Optimum Pelvic Health - Discover the Surprising Benefits of Pilates for Women’s Health with the Founder of the Pilates Project
May 16 2023
75: Unlock Your Optimum Pelvic Health - Discover the Surprising Benefits of Pilates for Women’s Health with the Founder of the Pilates Project
DESCRIPTION If you're seeking effective ways to enhance your pelvic health and reduce your prolapse symptoms, look no further than Pilates. Join us in this enlightening interview with Maghan from The Pilates Project as we delve into the unexpected advantages of Pilates for women facing pelvic organ prolapse. Discover how Pilates can not only bolster your pelvic health but also unlock your overall fitness potential. This podcast conversation will equip you with valuable insights to kickstart your Pilates journey with ZERO equipment and witness the transformative benefits firsthand. From mental well-being to exercise, fitness, and managing POP symptoms, we leave no stone unturned. If you're eager to embark on a path toward improved pelvic health, listen to this interview with Maghan. This episode is for you if you want to know more about: pelvic organ prolapse Pilates for prolapsemovement as your medicinehow to create a new exercise routine that sticksprolapse symptoms and exercisehow to do Pilates at home with ZERO equipment advocating for better women's pelvic health Links For You: 1. 50% off your first month of Pilates Project: http://studio.pilatesproject.com/checkout?code=bravemumma&plan=monthly 2. Podbean: Use code Bravemum30 for the first 30 days of podcast hosting for free.  3. Prolapse Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/tipsandtricksforwomenlivingwithpop   Books: The Day My Vagina Broke Tips & Tricks for Living with Prolapse: https://bravemumma-tipsandtricks.mailerpage.io/   Connect & Contact Us: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bravemumma/ Bravemumma website: https://www.bravemumma.com/   CREDITS Host - Stephanie Thompson Podcast logo artist: Khrystyna Lukashchuk Brand Designer: Brodie-Rose Original Soundtrack: Steven Robinson
74:A Better Way to Support Your Pelvic Health: Lauren Flemming’s Journey with Prolapse and Hem Support Wear
May 9 2023
74:A Better Way to Support Your Pelvic Health: Lauren Flemming’s Journey with Prolapse and Hem Support Wear
DESCRIPTION In this episode, we continue the conversation around support garments for women living with pelvic organ prolapse. Our special guest Lauren Flemming is a mumma of two little 'kiddos' and after her personal struggles with prolapse decided to design her own support garment after being unsatisfied with what was available on the market.  Lauren shares how she's designed the first support garment that is also your underwear, eliminating the need for multiple layers. Lauren is passionate about helping other women living with prolapse symptoms and will be ready to share her design this coming June/July.  Sign up for the Hem Support Ware newsletter to be the first to know when they have launched.  Newsletter 10% off sign up: https://hemsupportwear.com/ This episode is for you if you want to know more about: pelvic organ prolapse support garments for prolapse pelvic floor physiotherapy for prolapse prolapse education prolapse and thrushadvocating for better women's pelvic health NB: The sound for this episode has been produced to the best quality possible. We do apologize for the slight eco and thought this conversation was too valuable not to share.  Links For You: Special Guest - Lauren Flemming: https://hemsupportwear.com/ 1. Hem Support Wear IG: https://www.instagram.com/hemsupportwear/ 2. Podbean: Use code Bravemum30 for the first 30 days of podcast hosting for free.  3. Prolapse Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/tipsandtricksforwomenlivingwithpop   Books: The Day My Vagina Broke - https://www.amazon.com.au/Day-My-Vagi... Tips & Tricks for Living with Prolapse: https://bravemumma-tipsandtricks.mail...   Connect & Contact Us: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bravemumma/ Bravemumma website: https://www.bravemumma.com/   CREDITS Host - Stephanie Thompson Podcast logo artist: Khrystyna Lukashchuk Brand Designer: Brodie-Rose Original Soundtrack: Steven Robinson
73: Navigating Your Caesarean Birth: Expert Advice for an Empowered Birth Experience with Midwife and C-section Whisperer Leonie Rastas
May 1 2023
73: Navigating Your Caesarean Birth: Expert Advice for an Empowered Birth Experience with Midwife and C-section Whisperer Leonie Rastas
DESCRIPTION In this episode, we continue the conversation around Caesarean Awareness Month with our special guest Leonie Rastas, also known as the C-section whisperer. With her background in midwifery and having six children of her own born via C-section, Leonie is an expert in all things related to C-section birth and recovery. Leonie shares her experience and expertise on topics such as birth trauma, advocating for yourself during a C-section birth, recovering from a C-section, VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section), and more. She also talks about the importance of continuing the conversation around Caesarean awareness beyond this awareness month. This episode is for you if you want to know more about: Caesarean birthRecovery from a C-section birthBirth traumaAdvocating for yourself during a C-section birthVBAC (vaginal birth after C-section)Continuing the conversation around Caesarean awareness Links For You: Special Guest:  Leonie Rastas https://www.caesarcare.com/  We're also excited to share The Empowered Motherhood App is supporting our Bravemumma Community by providing 10% off the lifetime of your membership when you use the code BRAVE10. *This needs to be purchased via their website (not the app).  1. The Empowered Motherhood Program: https://www.empoweredmother.com.au/ 2. Podbean: Use code Bravemum30 for the first 30 days of podcast hosting for free. 3. Instagram: @bravemumma   Credits: Host: Stephanie Thompson Podcast logo artist: Khrystyna Lukashchuk Brand Designer: Brodie-Rose Original Soundtrack: Steven Robinson
72: Is Building a Strong Booty the Secret to a Better Functioning Pelvic Floor and Prolapse Management? A Conversation with Hayley Wildsmith
Apr 25 2023
72: Is Building a Strong Booty the Secret to a Better Functioning Pelvic Floor and Prolapse Management? A Conversation with Hayley Wildsmith
DESCRIPTION In this week's episode of our podcast, we switch things up a little and bring back Season 1 guest, Hayley Wildsmith from Auckland Hypopressives. She shares her recent experience with pelvic organ prolapse surgery and talks about her latest creation, The Booty Kit, which focuses on glute strength to improve overall health and support core and pelvic floor function. Hayley shares a unique and helpful analogy called the 'jellyfish' technique for better pelvic floor control. This episode is perfect for those who want to learn more about pelvic organ prolapse management, strengthening glutes for proper function, deep core strength, breathing mechanics for the pelvic floor and respiratory system, structural support for the pelvic floor, collagen, body self-love, and more. If you are interested in seeing what is in the Booty Kit, head over to our Youtube Channel to watch the video.  This episode is for you if you want to know more about:  pelvic organ prolapse how to manage prolapse symptoms strengthening your glutes for function  deep core strength respiratory system and pelvic breathing mechanics structural support for your pelvic floor strong deep core, transverse abdominis collagen  pelvic floor stress and trauma cellulite and aesthetics body self-love The Booty Kit'Mum bum' Clenching with prolapse function first - aesthetics are a by-product Levator-ani avulsions Weakening muscles and atrophy if you stop moving to function Emssella Chair EMS - Electronic Muscle Stimulation Pilates for pelvic organ prolapse Kegels Hypertonic pelvic floor Pessaries Online programs for prolapse Jelly Fish analogy - how to regulate your pelvic floorThe banana roll Special Guest: Hayley https://alwaysbootyful.com/ As a special gift to our Bravemumma community, Hayley offers a discount code, "PODCAST," for $50 off Slim Waist Packages, Gym Deluxe Packages, and Online Training Programs.  Stay tuned for updates from my experience with using the Booty Kit in the coming weeks.  Links For You: We're also excited to share The Empowered Motherhood App is supporting our Bravemumma Community by providing 10% off the lifetime of your membership when you use the code BRAVE10.  *This needs to be purchased via their website (not the app).  1. The Empowered Motherhood Program: https://www.empoweredmother.com.au/ 2. Podbean: Use code Bravemum30 for the first 30 days of podcast hosting for free. 3. Instagram: @bravemumma Credits: Host: Stephanie Thompson Podcast logo artist: Khrystyna Lukashchuk Brand Designer: Brodie-Rose Original Soundtrack: Steven Robinson
71: Healing from Cesarean Birth and Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Expert Tips from SRC Support Garment Founder, Sinead O’Donovan
Apr 18 2023
71: Healing from Cesarean Birth and Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Expert Tips from SRC Support Garment Founder, Sinead O’Donovan
Description:  In this episode, Steph and her guest, Sinead talk about the difficulties and hardships that women who have had cesarean section births can go through, as well as how to recover from them, and the risk factors that can lead to pelvic organ prolapse. Sinead discusses her own struggles with pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy and how those struggles inspired her to develop the SRC support garments. These garments are intended to give support to women who are experiencing pelvic organ prolapse. Introduction  [00:00:00 - 00:11:03] Sinead discussed her experience with pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy and how it led to the development of the SRC support garments. Sinead experienced pelvic girdle pain during her second and third pregnancies, including ongoing pain and difficulty with day-to-day activities. After experiencing pelvic girdle pain during her cesarean section birth, she made the decision to develop supportive garments for women.   The Pregnancy Product [00:11:03 - 00:20:48]  Women who are having pelvic girdle pain, low back pain, vulva varices, and swelling or varicose veins of the leg are the target audience for Sinead's recommendation of the pregnancy product. It can be worn either under or over the bump, depending on your preference.   SRC Recuperation Including the technical design of the garment, shorts for postpartum recovery, and perineal wounds for pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence are being developed.   Inspiration From Adversity  [00:20:48 - 00:34:06]  Sinead outlines the procedures for returning and exchanging SRC support garments, as well as the warranty that includes a full refund of the purchase price. Steph and Sinead talk about the necessity of having the correct size for the SRC support garments and how they should feel supportive without being restrictive. Steph and Sinead also explain the importance of getting the correct fit. Steph comments on Sinead's path in developing the SRC support garments and turning her personal experience into a good solution for women's pelvic health. Sinead was inspired to create these garments by her own struggles with pelvic pain.   If any of this is resonating with you right now and you have been through this path, you can reach out below. Links For You: 1. Get more support with your prolapse via the Empowered Motherhood Program App. Receive 10% off the lifetime of your membership: Use the code BRAVE10 2. Podbean: Use code Bravemum30 for the first 30 days of podcast hosting for free.    Special Guest: Sinead O'Donovan: https://srchealth.com/   Books: The Day My Vagina Broke - https://www.amazon.com.au/Day-My-Vagi... Tips & Tricks for Living with Prolapse: https://bravemumma-tipsandtricks.mail...   Connect & Contact Us: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bravemumma/ Bravemumma website: https://www.bravemumma.com/   CREDITS Host - Stephanie Thompson Podcast logo artist: Khrystyna Lukashchuk Brand Designer: Brodie-Rose Original Soundtrack: Steven Robinson
70: A Holistic Approach to Managing Your Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Breath-work and Nutrition with Benedicte Siva from Rock with Your POP
Apr 11 2023
70: A Holistic Approach to Managing Your Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Breath-work and Nutrition with Benedicte Siva from Rock with Your POP
Description:  In the episode, we discuss the importance of taking a holistic approach to one's health and being mindful of language when discussing pelvic organ prolapse. Introduction (00:00:00 - 00:02:06) In today’s episode, Steph and Benedict discuss Benedict's journey as a Health Coach and mum living with pelvic organ prolapse and how she has used holistic approaches, including breath work and nutrition, to manage her symptoms. Benedict's journey with prolapse and holistic approaches [00:02:50 - 00:05:25]  Benedict shares her initial attempts to resolve prolapse, including being told she needed surgery and her decision to take a holistic approach. She also discussed the importance of using healing language rather than language that implies brokenness or the need for fixing. Diet and symptoms [00:06:48 - 00:12:36] Benedict talks about her journey towards nourishing herself with healthy food and being mindful of what she eats. The importance of gut health and how it affects physical and emotional symptoms. Breath-work [00:12:36 - 00:25:19] Benedict shares her journey with breath work and how it helped her manage stress and become a health coach. She also emphasized the importance of being in a relaxed state to heal and regenerate cells and how she started implementing five minutes of breathing a day and how it helped her become more resilient to stress. The importance of breathwork and relaxation [00:25:19 - 00:40:57] This explains how breathing from the top of the chest sends a message to the brain that we are stressed, and the importance of deep breathing for relaxation. Benedict demonstrates a breathwork technique called the physiological sigh, which has been scientifically proven to bring instant relaxation. Let us know how this technique worked for you. Send a DM via Instagram @bravemumma.  Links For You: 1. Get more support with your prolapse via the Empowered Motherhood Program App. Receive 10% off the lifetime of your membership: Use the code BRAVE10 2. Podbean: Use code Bravemum30 for the first 30 days of podcast hosting for free.    Special Guest: Benedicte Siva: https://www.instagram.com/rockwithyourpop/   Books: The Day My Vagina Broke - https://www.amazon.com.au/Day-My-Vagi... Tips & Tricks for Living with Prolapse: https://bravemumma-tipsandtricks.mail...   Connect & Contact Us: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bravemumma/ Bravemumma website: https://www.bravemumma.com/   CREDITS Host - Stephanie Thompson Podcast logo artist: Khrystyna Lukashchuk Brand Designer: Brodie-Rose Original Soundtrack: Steven Robinson
69: Mind-Body Connection and Healing, with Trauma-Informed Care in Women’s Pelvic Health with Dr. Sarah Woodward.
Apr 4 2023
69: Mind-Body Connection and Healing, with Trauma-Informed Care in Women’s Pelvic Health with Dr. Sarah Woodward.
Description: Welcome to this week's conversations with to Dr. Sarah Woodward, a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist, who works to break the taboo surrounding pelvic organ prolapse by providing women with the community and resources they need to overcome their condition and regain control of their lives. Introduction (00:00:00 - 00:01:49) In this episode, we'll talk about Dr. Sarah's physiotherapy practice and how she helps women who have pelvic organ prolapse by healing more than just their physical symptoms.    Others may disregard their experience (00:01:49 - 00:04:00) Dr. Sarah discovered after many years in practice that patients are aware of their own internal states. A lot of people don't believe them when they say their experience doesn't line up with the truth about their bodies.   The stigma and taboo of pelvic organ prolapse (00:04:00 - 00:10:28) Pelvic organ prolapse carries with it a heavy social stigma. Women are stereotypically portrayed in popular media as being overly sensitive and prone to hysteria. They can't be trusted with the truth about their bodies, including knowledge concerning prolapse and the location of other anatomical features.   The obstacles to obtaining the necessary assistance and support (00:10:28 - 00:18:37) Exposing the taboo of pelvic organ prolapse and the necessity of normalizing it in order to seek help and feel better are two steps in overcoming the stigma associated with the condition. Depending on where you are in the world and how you plan to gain access to a pelvic health physical therapist, your first step should be to discover one. These professionals can instruct you on how to properly use your muscles. Discussing holistic treatment and financial and emotional support (00:18:37 - 00:26:57) An examination of the significance of holistic care as well as the requirement for proper financial and emotional support for women who suffer from pelvic organ prolapse. It is really beneficial to become involved in a community, and there are a great many things from which you can benefit. This is due to the fact that you possess many resources that you are able to share with others, which in turn can help people become involved.   Prolapse makes no distinctions (00:26:57 - 00:31:58) Your issues with your pelvic floor shouldn't be kept so close to your chest. It is imperative that we begin sharing our experiences with one another in order to provide mutual support and feel as though we are not alone. In this Bravemumma community, you never need to feel alone.  If you are loving this podcast leave your review. Here's a short clip on 'how-to': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzDB6Wl21D0 LINKS FOR YOU Get more support with your prolapse via the Empowered Motherhood Program App.Receive 10% off the lifetime of your membership with The Empowered Mothers Program: Use the code BRAVE10Special Guest: Dr. Sarah Woodward: https://luminousphysio.com/Contact Bravemumma via email: stephanie@bravemumma.comGet the first 30 days of podcast hosting for free from Podbean: Use Your Special code Bravemum30  CREDITS Host - Stephanie Thompson Podcast logo artist: Khrystyna Lukashchuk Brand Designer: Brodie-Rose Original Soundtrack: Steven Robinson.
67: Is Having Another Baby Possible After being diagnosed with Pelvic Organ Prolapse? with Lyz Evans and Kimmy Smith
Mar 21 2023
67: Is Having Another Baby Possible After being diagnosed with Pelvic Organ Prolapse? with Lyz Evans and Kimmy Smith
NB: If you're not looking to have another baby, be sure to listen around 9 minutes in when Lyz shares something so valuable for everyone in this pelvic health space.   DESCRIPTION Welcome to this week's episode of our podcast, where we are talking about having another baby after you've been with pelvic organ prolapse.  We have the pleasure of speaking with two amazing women, Kimmy Smith and Lyz Evans, who together created the Empowered Motherhood Program. This is a program like no other. It was created over a period of two years when both Kimmy and Lyz were pregnant so they truly are on this journey with you. While we explore this topic of second pregnancy with prolapse, we also take a deep dive into what it's truly like living with prolapse. Lyz, a specialist women's health physiotherapist asks a question to women that I'd never heard before. Kimmy adds so much value to this conversation as an exercise specialist and also a mum of three who has lived experience with prolapse. I encourage you to share this episode with the women you feel could feel supported during their next pregnancy with prolapse. Be sure to check out the link below to the Empowered Motherhood program, where you can learn more about their work and connect with them personally. And if you haven't already, head over to our YouTube channel and hit the subscribe button to watch this very episode.  Links: NEW ~ YouTube channel to watch The Lowdown with Bravemumma The Empowered Motherhood Program: https://www.empoweredmother.com.au/ Podbean: Use code Bravemum30 for the first 30 days of podcast hosting for free. Instagram: @bravemumma Credits: Host: Stephanie Thompson Podcast logo artist: Khrystyna Lukashchuk Brand Designer: Brodie-Rose Original Soundtrack: Steven Robinson.
66:  Healing Beyond the ’Fixes’: A Conversation with Dr. Bri and Kim Vopni on Pelvic Organ Prolapse and How To Maximise Your Wellbeing Journey
Mar 14 2023
66: Healing Beyond the ’Fixes’: A Conversation with Dr. Bri and Kim Vopni on Pelvic Organ Prolapse and How To Maximise Your Wellbeing Journey
DESCRIPTION Welcome to this week's episode of our podcast, where we are honored to bring you a conversation that is truly impactful. We have the pleasure of speaking with two remarkable women, Dr. Bri and Kim Vopni, who combined have spent over 30 years working with women living with prolapse. Their own experiences living with prolapse have made them the perfect guests for this conversation about healing. As we explore this topic of healing, we dive into the essential difference between fixing prolapse and healing, which we touched upon in our previous episode. Both Dr. Bri and Kim provide invaluable insights and practical advice on how to begin your healing journey from prolapse. They offer outside-the-box and easy-to-follow steps that can help you take the first steps toward recovery when you're ready to explore this aspect of your journey. We also delve into the importance of keeping an open mind and creating a safe space for yourself to discover your true and authentic self by being part of a healing retreat. Kim and Bri share their expertise on just some of the possible positive things to come from allowing ourselves to be immersed in a retreat and discuss the potential for transformative experiences and those ‘aha’ moments that can be truly life-changing. This conversation is filled with so much wisdom and practical advice that we are confident it will make a positive impact on anyone struggling with prolapse or interested in finding their authentic self. Don't forget to check out the links to both Dr. Bri and Kim Vopni in the show notes, where you can learn more about their work and connect with them personally. And if you haven't already, head over to our YouTube channel and hit the subscribe button to watch our latest episodes. Links: NEW ~ YouTube channel to watch this episode Kim Vopni: The Vagina Coach Dr. Bri: Vibrant Pelvic Health Podbean: Use code Bravemum30 for the first 30 days of podcast hosting for free. Instagram: @bravemumma Credits: Host: Stephanie Thompson Podcast logo artist: Khrystyna Lukashchuk Brand Designer: Brodie-Rose Original Soundtrack: Steven Robinson.
65: The Power of Healing: Embracing a New Mindset for Accepting Living with Pelvic Organ Prolapse.
Mar 7 2023
65: The Power of Healing: Embracing a New Mindset for Accepting Living with Pelvic Organ Prolapse.
Introduction (00:00:00 - 00:01:38) Welcome to this episode where we discuss the possibility of healing prolapse naturally. I invite you to approach this conversation with an open mind. I want to share my thoughts and experiences, and I hope you find them helpful.  Storytime (00:01:38 - 00:03:52) I want to start by sharing a personal story about a mindset shift that occurred during a family vacation. I didn't expect it to happen, but I observed that my prolapse symptoms were less evident when I was on vacation. This experience left me feeling unsure about the power of the mind and raised more questions than answers. Healing vs. Fixing (00:03:52 - 00:06:15) During this episode, I want to explain the difference between fixing and healing prolapse. Fixing prolapse involves reversing the symptoms and returning to the way things were before prolapse. In contrast, healing prolapse involves accepting the situation, understanding it, and feeling okay despite the physical symptoms. I encourage you to adopt a healing mindset and embrace the journey. The Healing Spectrum (00:06:15 - 00:08:05) Now, let's talk about the healing spectrum and how it relates to prolapse. At one end of the spectrum, fixing prolapse involves surgery or using a pessary. At the other end of the spectrum, healing prolapse involves accepting the situation and working with it. It's important to note that everyone's journey is different, and it's essential to find what works best for you. Next week on the show we will be continuing this healing conversation by speaking with two experts in this POP space.  Links: Instagram: @bravemumma All promotional codes and support: https://linktr.ee/bravemumma Podbean: Use code Bravemum30 for the first 30 days of podcast hosting for free. Credits: Host: Stephanie Thompson Podcast logo artist: Khrystyna Lukashchuk Brand Designer: Brodie-Rose Original Soundtrack: Steven Robinson.
64: Revealing the Surprising Results of My Birth Control Pill Experiment for Pelvic Organ Prolapse Symptoms & The unexpected twist
Feb 28 2023
64: Revealing the Surprising Results of My Birth Control Pill Experiment for Pelvic Organ Prolapse Symptoms & The unexpected twist
Description:  This episode has a surprising plot twist that I think everyone in the Bravemumma community can relate to, regardless of their interest in birth control pills. This episode is about empowerment, self-discovery, and healing. So if you're looking for inspiration and support in your own journey, you won't want to miss it. Introduction (00:00:00 - 00:00:28) In today’s episode, we’ll discuss how I tried to alleviate the symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse with my doctor's help and I’m going to share what I did, how I did it, and the results. Tracking the Symptoms of Prolapse With Doctor’s Help (00:00:28 - 00:02:43)  Mentally tracking the symptoms of prolapse is tricky. We think we know our POP symptoms can be felt more significantly just before and after your period. The thought was prolapse symptoms could possibly go away if I didn't have a period. After sharing my observations and speculations with my GP, we discussed being on the contraceptive pill long-term without having a period (and therefore no symptoms).  A Matter of Trial and Error (00:02:43 - 00:04:48) My doctor advised me to take a certain type of birth control tablet from October to December. I had my period multiple times in November and December, with the same symptoms as a normal period (only more). I decided not to take the pill to stop my period after experiencing worse breakthrough bleeds and symptoms. Mindset Shift and Prolapse: A Plot Twist (00:04:48 - 00:06:57) Going on a family vacation and expecting to do a lot of walking, I observed one thing: prolapse symptoms were less evident when I was on vacation. At first, I thought it was because I wasn't doing all of the chores like I would at home.  This led to thinking a lot about our mindset and left me with more questions than answers. Questions we are going to further explore on this show. I see myself as a strong-minded person and this experience left me feeling very unsure about the power of the mind - in a good way.  If any of this is resonating with you right now and would like to discuss your own healing journey, you can reach out via Instagram.    LINKS FOR YOU Contact Bravemumma via Instagram: @bravemummaGet the first 30 days of podcast hosting for free from Podbean: Use Your Special code Bravemum30  CREDITS Host - Stephanie Thompson Podcast logo artist - Khrystyna lukashchuk Brand Designer - Brodie-Rose Original Soundtrack - Steven Robinson
63: How to Protect Your Pelvic Floor: Understanding the links between Prolapse and Alcohol Consumption.
Feb 20 2023
63: How to Protect Your Pelvic Floor: Understanding the links between Prolapse and Alcohol Consumption.
Description  Introduction (00:00 - 00:48) In this episode, we explore how alcohol consumption affects prolapse symptoms and how quitting alcohol can make a positive difference. I share my personal experience of dealing with a prolapse diagnosis and how alcohol became my way of coping.  The Negative Impact of Alcohol on Prolapse Symptoms (00:48 - 03:17) While alcohol helped to cope with prolapse symptoms in the short term, it had a negative impact on symptoms the next day. Initially, a glass of wine with dinner, but it gradually turned into a bottle or two. Alcohol affected my bowel and bladder movements, leading to constipation and difficulty emptying my bowel completely. Quitting Alcohol: Positive Changes (03:17 - 06:02) The decision to quit alcohol entirely in early January 2022 wasn't easy. Since quitting, I've noticed several positive changes, including a reduction in prolapse symptoms.  The Connection Between Alcohol and Prolapse Symptoms (06:02 - 08:05) When drinking alcohol lowers inhibitions, it can lead to overeating sugary and processed junk food. This, in turn, leads to dehydration, which can cause constipation and exacerbate prolapse symptoms. By quitting alcohol, I've been able to break this cycle and take better care of my entire body. If you have any questions about anything discussed in today's episode you can reach out via email or Instagram below.  LINKS FOR YOU Books mentioned: 'This Naked Mind' by Annie Grace and 'Less Wine, More Time' by Mim Jenkinson.  Contact Bravemumma via email: stephanie@bravemumma.comModibodi 15% off sleep set: Your special code link and use BRAVE2023 at the checkout. T&C's - with a minimum spend of $100, excluding sale items, bundle packs, PUMA, gift cards and Maxi.CREDITS Host - Stephanie Thompson Executive Producer & Editor - Dave Stokes Podcast logo artist - Khrystyna lukashchuk Brand Designer - Brodie-Rose Original Soundtrack - Steven Robinson
62: Revamp Your Self-Care: A Sneak Peek into Season 3 of The Low Down with Bravemamma for Living with Pelvic Organ Prolapse.
Feb 20 2023
62: Revamp Your Self-Care: A Sneak Peek into Season 3 of The Low Down with Bravemamma for Living with Pelvic Organ Prolapse.
Description Introduction (00:00-01:16) Join me, Steph Thompson, on a journey to learn about pelvic organ prolapse as we explore helpful information to support you, the listeners. Drawing from my personal experience with prolapse, I invite experts and guests to share their knowledge on the topic. Changes for Season 3 (01:17-01:58) Season 3 of The Low Down with Bravemumma brings changes, all focused on helping YOU prioritize self-care and self-improvement. Shorter episodes, ranging from 10 to 30 minutes, will make it easier for you to fit valuable information into your busy schedule. In addition to the podcast, you can also access helpful information through our monthly newsletter and YouTube channel. Guest speaker interviews will dive straight into valuable information without lengthy introductions, and show notes will provide additional background on the speakers. Thank You and Upcoming Event (01:59-03:15) I want to express my gratitude to all our listeners for their patience as we prepare for season 3. I'm excited to announce an upcoming event: the Reawakened Mom Summit. As a speaker alongside 27 others, we'll discuss self-care and self-love, loving parenting at any age, and women and moms in business. The summit is free, and you can register for access through the link below.  LINKS FOR YOU The Reawaekend Mom Summit: https://linktr.ee/bravemummaContact Bravemumma via email: stephanie@bravemumma.comCREDITS Host - Stephanie Thompson Executive Producer & Editor - Dave Stokes Podcast logo artist - Khrystyna lukashchuk Brand Designer - Brodie-Rose Original Soundtrack - Steven Robinson
59: Bonus: Why sexual health literacy is important living with pelvic organ prolapse and the practical ways you can get back to your ultimate sexual wellbeing, with Sexologist Chantelle Otten
Sep 25 2022
59: Bonus: Why sexual health literacy is important living with pelvic organ prolapse and the practical ways you can get back to your ultimate sexual wellbeing, with Sexologist Chantelle Otten
DESCRIPTION Today we are sharing a sneaky bonus episode for Season Two. Initially, this episode was only going to our private Tips & Tricks for Women Living with POP - Facebook group. Then after listening through after production, I was like, how can I not share this with everyone who tunes into this podcast? Because you might find some things in here that are really helpful for you as a parent in terms of how to start conversations about pelvic sexual health with your own children.  Our conversation with Psycho-Sexologist, Chantelle Otten is so important to anyone who is wanting to feel better about their sexual health, self-esteem, and communication. If you're like many of us, talking about this may not come easy. This is why having conversations like this on a podcast is the best way to have access to this information without anyone needing to know!  Please note: we are sharing a special announcement in this episode which means the introduction goes beyond our normal 3-4 minutes. If this is something that's not for you, simply skip to around 10 minutes in.  My favourite quote from this chat: "Just go gently, it's not something you have to rush into". This episode is for you if you want to know more about: pelvic floor dysfunction pelvic organ prolapse sexual health and wellbeing tips to helping your intimate life with yourself and/or your partnerhow to start the conversation about your sexual health with your partner when to start talking to your own children about their pelvic health and wellbeing LINKS FOR YOU Guest - Chantelle Otten - Sexologist Send a Direct Message to the team on Instagram for the letter script @bravemummaCREDITS Host - Stephanie Thompson Executive Producer & Editor - Dave Stokes Podcast logo artist - Khrystyna lukashchuk Brand Designer - Brodie-Rose Original Soundtrack - Steven Robinson
58: Three Top Tips to Finding Joy and Becoming the Mum you Desire by Reawakening Your True Inner Self, with podcast host Melissa Clampitt
Sep 20 2022
58: Three Top Tips to Finding Joy and Becoming the Mum you Desire by Reawakening Your True Inner Self, with podcast host Melissa Clampitt
DESCRIPTION Today we have invited Melissa to come and share her top tips for feeling the best you can as a mum (and human).  Melissa is the host of the Reawakened Mom podcast, which focuses on putting yourself back on that priority list as a mum because she wants to help us feel less alone. As a mum, there were so many things that Melissa shared that I too felt like, wow, I needed that nudge. I needed that reminder. So I hope by the end of this episode, you too get a little bit of a tap on the shoulder or a little jolt to help you feel lit up and good about yourself again, because we are so much more than just mums. We are brave mamas here!   My favourite quote from this chat: "Let's cut up the Supermum cape". This episode is not to be missed for all mumma's.  This episode is for you if you want to know more about: Becoming a step-mumNetwork MarketingFinding the balance between motherhood and working in paid employment Self-care Vs survival How to get out of the mum - overcommitEnjoying motherhood with all the tasksHow social media can confuse your own thoughtsSeasons of motherhoodIncontincence What is a 'She-hawk'Mummy timeoutFinding yourself again LINKS FOR YOU Guest - Melissa Clampitt from 'The Reawakened Mom Podcast'Continence Foundation of AustraliaSend a Direct Message to the team on Instagram @bravemummaListener feedback - Jackie Amsden - These Moms Write PodcastThis episode is coming to you thanks to our partners at the Continence Foundation. Call the National Continence Helpline on 1800 33 00 66 and speak to a Nurse Continence Specialist for free confidential advice, Monday to Friday 8am-8pm. CREDITS Host - Stephanie Thompson Executive Producer & Editor - Dave Stokes Podcast logo artist - Khrystyna lukashchuk Brand Designer - Brodie-Rose Original Soundtrack - Steven Robinson