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Dr. Samantha Spencer

Dr. Samantha Spencer, PT, DPT, is a Medical Advisor with Aeroflow Breastpumps. Dr. Spencer is a physical therapist who specializes in pelvic and perinatal care in the Asheville, NC, area where she offers in-home physical therapy to prenatal & postpartum individuals. She also developed the Strong Beyond Birth 28-Day Course to guide and support moms as they return to exercise, and offers virtual consultations to women everywhere.

Preparing for Your First Postpartum Poo

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After birth, going to the bathroom can be scary. We are here to support you and help you prepare for what to expect. From pain and constipation to everything in between, here’s our guide to help you survive that first postpartum poop.

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Caring For Your Postpartum Body

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This blog will cover the common postpartum recovery stages and potential complications that can arise. We’ll share best practices for caring for yourself during each stage, and you’ll learn when it’s important to reach out to your doctor.

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Ultimate Guide to C-Section Aftercare

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The postpartum care and healing process varies from mom to mom, but C-sections tend to be a bit more complicated. Read our blog to learn more about cesarean birth, including our top tips for C-section recovery.

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Postpartum Compression Vs. Postpartum Shapewear

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Pregnant bodies shift and adapt to accommodate the precious little ones they are growing, and you’ll likely notice changes in how you stand, walk, and get around throughout the day. Learn about the postpartum compression and pregnancy support garments that can help you with your postpartum body. 

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Exercises for Diastasis Recti Relief

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Given that persistent DRA is often blamed for postpartum concerns like low back pain, pelvic floor issues, and lingering frustrations with post-pregnancy body image, it’s no wonder that it has become one of the hottest topics in the postpartum-rehab world. Can we prevent it? Why does it resolve in some people and not in others? Can we restore core function after birth even if we have stubborn DRA? What core exercises or ab exercises can heal diastasis recti?

Let’s take a look at what we know about DRA, and what we can do to address it.

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Safe Sleeping Positions for Babies

There’s an entire industry centered around infant sleep. You can purchase hundreds of different products that offer the promise of more, better, safer sleep. Bassinets, travel cribs, robotic rockers, mini-cribs, and convertible cribs. Noise machines, blackout curtains, crib warmers, and sleep sacks. Books, courses, and endless advice. When you’re a sleep deprived new parent, you might try anything to help your baby sleep longer so that you can also get some rest.

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Prepare to Meet Your Postpartum Pelvic Floor

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Childbirth is physically traumatic, even under the best circumstances. Talk to any mom you know, and you’ll find that going through postpartum recovery for the first time can come as a major shock. What if we knew more about what possibilities to expect and where to turn for support in our recovery? Would that knowledge make the whole experience less stressful and traumatic? 

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Top 12 Most Common Pregnancy Questions Answered

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From the earliest weeks of pregnancy, lots of questions arise on what can feel like a daily basis. Take a break from Google and enjoy some much-deserved rest as we covered the twelve most frequently-asked pregnancy questions.

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Can I Exercise with Preeclampsia?

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Exercise is one of the most effective tools we have to keep our bodies healthy throughout our lifetimes, and this is especially true during pregnancy. If you have high blood pressure, chronic hypertension, or a family history of preeclampsia, you may be wondering if exercise during pregnancy is safe for you. Research has shown that regular physical activity before and during pregnancy can help keep blood pressure concerns in check & reduce the risk of developing serious conditions.

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Eight Myths and Facts About the Pelvic Floor

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Most of us don’t know enough about the pelvic floor to decipher what pieces of advice & information are true, versus those that are not. Because this group of muscles is responsible for supporting our pelvic organs, stabilizing the pelvis & core, and is essential to our everyday lives, we pulled together the top myths heard by a Pelvic Floor Therapist and carefully debunked each one.

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