What’s holding you back from reaching your health goals? With my Core Rehab Program, I have been able to meet and work with a lot of women to work to restore their bodies through movement, mindset + wellness. This is where I met Amanda and why I wanted her to talk to you! She, like most women, struggled to find time to make herself a priority. Once she made the conscious decision to shift her mindset, establish her "why" and rearrange her life so she could make herself a priority, she started feeling better about herself as a person which rolled over into other aspects of her life. Stop holding yourself back from reaching your health goals + push play.
Amanda Fagan is a practicing physician in Las Vegas who focuses on adult medicine. Her clientele ranges from 18 years of age on up, with many being postpartum women in various degrees.
During her residency, Amanda went through fertility treatments and became pregnant with twin boys. She has always been focused on fitness and continued to workout throughout her pregnancy. After Amanda delivered her twins, she didn't do anything those first 8 weeks postpartum. As she approached 8 weeks postpartum, Amanda knew that she needed to shift her mindset and make herself a priority. Even though she was working 70-80 hours a week, adjusting to being a new mom and wife, Amanda began evaluating what was important to her and realized that she needed to take care of herself in order to take care of her family. As hard as it was, Amanda made herself a priority and began taking 15-20 minutes each morning to herself. She began Core Rehab and slowly worked her way through the program. Even though she was discouraged at the beginning, she showed up each day and did her assignment. Soon enough, Amanda began seeing results!
ESTABLISHING YOUR "WHY"
There is nothing easy about postpartum. Juggling being a new mom, wife and your profession is no easy task, but it can become easier if you establish what's important to you. For Amanda, that was taking care of herself so she could better take care of her family. Once she established her "why" she went through her day and established her non-negotiable items. This doesn't go without sacrifice. Amanda and her husband used to watch tv shows or would scroll through social media for 30 minutes a night before bed. She knew in order to make time for herself, those items needed to go. We all have certain items in our day that can be cut out to make room for self-care. By making yourself a priority, you feel better about yourself and there is no better feeling than that!
LISTENING TO YOUR BODY + BEING PATIENT
When Amanda saw her OB at 8 weeks postpartum, he gave her the name of a plastic surgeon because her diastasis recti was the worst he'd ever seen and told her that the only way to fix it was through surgery. Even though those words played again and again in her head, she still showed up every morning and did her Core Rehab assignments. When Amanda started Phase 4, she didn't feel right in her core so she went back and revisited Phase 3. When she got to Phase 4 a second time, she noticed she didn't have any abdominal pain that she'd been struggling through up to this point. She tested her diastasis recti and found that it had closed to only a 2-finger gap! She was beyond thrilled because she knew the program was working and was healing her body the way it needed to be healed - from the inside out.
MORE THAN JUST "GETTING YOUR BODY BACK"
Amanda's clients range from newly postpartum to 10-20 years postpartum in her practice. When they talk about diastasis, pelvic organ prolapse or urinary incontinence, she oftentimes has to remind them that taking action now to help correct and reverse these symptoms + conditions goes beyond just how they look. It's how they feel about themselves which in most cases, affects all aspects of their lives.
Mental health is such a big issue, especially in today's society. How you feel about yourself can trigger anxiety and/or depression. By putting yourself first and making yourself a priority, you can change your outlook on life and feel better as an overall person.
EDUCATION + PREVENTION
While Amanda was pregnant, she continued her high-intensity workouts for as long as she could. She noticed that during certain exercise she would have that "coning of the belly" but didn't understand what it meant or what her body was telling her. She didn't realize until much later that these exercises she was doing during pregnancy were actually exacerbating her diastasis recti.
Throughout her medical training, Amanda was only taught about the pelvic floor, but overall women's health was not discussed. Because this topic is not widely talked about, many women feel like surgery is their only option because that is the only suggestion their medical professional has given them. Amanda did her own research and found Core Rehab which helped her heal her body without surgery.
If you know of someone who is postpartum, tell them about my Core Rehab Program and encourage them to do their own research to find options available in their areas. The more we can help educate and empower women, the more we can work to prevent diastasis recti, incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and more.
MENTIONED IN EPISODE
The material contained within is provided for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician before beginning a new regiment or purchasing any product(s).
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