Birth Stories: Oliver’s Arrival

On February 5th, 2009 Oliver was born. Various versions of this story have appeared on the web and in books since 2009, and it’s finally come home to roost in Polkadotsi, with it’s mother. My labour started in the wee hours of the morning (1am) when I could no longer ignore the fact I was having more than just niggles in…

We Need To Talk About Prolapse

We need to talk about prolapse! Sometimes the weakening of our pelvic floor during and after pregnancy  is enough to cause a prolapse, which is when the internal organs fall through the connective tissue of your pelvic floor. This can be a bladder prolapse, a rectal prolapse, a uterine prolapse, or an intestinal prolapse. Prolapse can also be caused by…

Are Squats Safe in Pregnancy?

Squats are a fantastic and relatively safe exercise for pregnant women. We get asked all the time, are squats safe in pregnancy? At Polkadotsi we train pregnant women to be strong, stable, and have the best birth they can. An active birth has many benefits, and being able to stay mobile can help with pain management, blood flow to the…

Why Do I Still Look Pregnant: Do You Have Diastastis Recti?

Diastastis Recti (DRAMs): It’s the reason that so many of us still look pregnant, even when we gave birth 6 or more months ago. Diastasis recti is when the muscles of your rectus abdominus (your six pack muscles) separate down the midline. This is SUPER common during pregnancy, with over half of all women experiencing DRAMs during their third trimester…

Exercising During Pregnancy Part 1: Getting Started

I love training pregnant women. The benefits of exercise during pregnancy are just so frigging fantastic, it’s a joy to work with women to help them feel strong, stable, and powerful as they head towards one of the most amazing days of their life. One o f the big reasons I love working with pregnant women is that it  forces…

We Need To Talk About Sex During Pregnancy

Sex in the first trimester Is It Safe? As a sexologist I’m very often asked about the safety of having sex during pregnancy – well here’s the good news – doing the nasty when you’ve got a bun in the oven is not only hot, it’s perfectly safe.  If you feel well and sexy – it’s a jolly good idea…

Kick It With The Kegels: Better Orgasms With A Toned Up Pelvic Floor

So you’ve been scratching your head for months now, wondering just what the @#7*! is this ‘core’ that your hot, bouncy Pilates instructor has been enthusing about …so buckle up kids and let’s find out a little bit more about the pelvic floor! Your pelvic floor (PF) is the group of muscles that supports your spine, bladder and bowel and,…

Does Sex Hurt? When You Should Consult A Doctor

Fire In Your Loins Hopefully when we talk about the fire in our loins we are referring to the heat of our sexual fervour. But for some the flames of desire are being dampened by a burning that has nothing to do with smouldering passions. The fire in your loins can become something very different to the heat of sexual…

Enjoying Your Sexuality While Breastfeeding

Your relationship with your breasts while breastfeeding is likely to have radically changed; previously there just for your entertainment and to make your clothes fit. Well, now they are working girls with a new agenda. A breastfeeding mother may experience all or some of the following: leaking, pain, feeling over exposed and touched out, have an overflowing bra before a…

How to Activate your Pelvic Floor Properly

A Guide to Effective Kegels Do you know how to activate your pelvic floor? So we all know that we need to do our pelvic floor exercises to keep ourselves from having little accidents, enjoying a better sex life, and generally promoting good health in the old lady garden (sorry not sorry) but SO many of us do it wrong….