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Comfort After Birth is Possible With Postpartum Leggings

In this interview at The Bump, writer Megan Cahn went looking for "13 Best Postpartum Leggings to Support Recovery and Comfort", and she reached out to me about the benefits that postpartum leggings can present after birth. Here is an overview of the topic, with a link to the full article below.

Heather Jeffcoat, DPT

Bringing a new life into the world is a transformative chapter where a woman's body undergoes profound changes.

Maternity leggings provide comfort to one's growing bump, but postpartum leggings? They're like a full-body hug, providing the indispensable support and comfort your body craves as it gracefully heals.

In a recent interview with The Bump, I emphasized that:

"Pregnancy, a time when your blood volume can surge by as much as 50 percent, requires a bit of time to recalibrate postpartum.

Postpartum leggings, the unsung heroes for recovery, come to the rescue. They enhance lower limb circulation, alleviate the strain on your groin and pelvis, ease discomfort from c-section or vaginal delivery, help to support pesky lower back pain, and tenderly cradle your perineal and abdominal areas. As I pointed out,

"Postpartum brings with it a surge in progesterone, leading to swelling in your extremities. Postpartum leggings? They're the soothing balm, addressing both the swelling and the associated discomfort.

Now, you might be wondering: "What sets maternity leggings apart from their postpartum counterparts?" It's beautifully simple. Maternity leggings are designed to embrace the unique changes that come with pregnancy. In contrast, postpartum leggings are the supportive cocoon that welcomes and nurtures the changes that follow the miracle of childbirth.

The Bump's Top Picks: 

OVERALL BEST POSTPARTUM LEGGINGS

Kindred Bravely Louisa Maternity & Postpartum Support Leggings at Kindred Bravely, $90

BEST POSTPARTUM COMPRESSION LEGGINGS

Belly Bandit Mother Tucker Postpartum Compression Leggings at Belly Bandit, $79.95

BEST C-SECTION LEGGINGS

SRC Recovery Post Partum Leggings at SRC Health, $199

BEST POSTPARTUM LEGGINGS WITH POCKETS

Quince Ultra-Form Performance Maternity & Postpartum Leggings at Quince, $29.90

BEST POSTPARTUM HIGH-WAISTED LEGGINGS

Seraphine Postpartum Shaping Leggings at Seraphine, $55

BEST POSTPARTUM BREATHABLE LEGGINGS

Love & Fit SoftLuxe Stay Put Leggings at Love & Fit, $89

BEST POSTPARTUM PLUS SIZE LEGGINGS

Storq Signature Leggings at Storq, $74

BEST COMBO MATERNITY/POSTPARTUM LEGGINGS

Hatch The Ultra Soft Before, During & After Legging at Hatch Collection , 

BEST POSTPARTUM EVERYDAY LEGGINGS

BLANQI Everyday Highwaist Postpartum + Nursing Support Leggings at Walmart, $59.97

BEST POSTPARTUM SEAMLESS LEGGINGS

Preggo Leggings Snapback Postpartum Leggings at Nordstrom, From $50

Reach out to us here if you would like to schedule an appointment, or you can access the full article at The Bump here.

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Femina PT (née Fusion Wellness & Physical Therapy) has honestly changed my life. Before receiving treatment at Femina, I was going doctor to doctor to try and find the answer to my pelvic pain. It has taken me YEARS to find someone that can help fix this. It wasn't until my gynecologist recommended your clinic that I finally felt relief. My pelvic pain is almost gone, and granted I still have a lot more to work on with Laureen (my PT), my original problem is nearly cured. I am so grateful to her.

What is even better is she gave me practical exercises to do at home that were not tedious and provided instant (and lasting) relief. Although I mainly work with Laureen, my interaction with the owner (Heather) has been great. She is very generous, kind, and committed to her business.

It hurts to know there are women out there suffering who will never know or have the opportunity to work with women like Laureen and Heather because this issue is hardly talked about and this field is so rare. I hope more doctors and physical therapists see the value in this work and can relieve more woman of their pain.

-- Julie T., 12/4/16 via Yelp!

Testimonial by R.H.

No one could tell me why I was having pain during sex--sharp pain, not just uncomfortable, pain. I was referred to Heather Jeffcoat after researching several different options. I had seen a specialist who told me physical therapy would not help and my only option was surgery. I really didn't want to go that route, so when we got a referral, I decided to try it--it can't hurt, I thought. I am so glad I did. She diagnosed the problem right away, which was a relief in itself.

To know why I was having pain eased my mind immensely. And to hear that she could fix it without surgery was another relief. She said she could fix the problem in 6 weeks. I think it was actually 4 for me. She was very methodical, and treated me as an intelligent human being capable of participating in my own recovery. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone. She did not try to prolong my session numbers, she worked hard to accommodate my schedule (and the fact that I had to bring a baby to sessions), and she was completely honest the entire time. It is so hard to find someone with these characteristics, much less a professional who is so good at what she does. She has my highest respect.

-- R.H.

Testimonial by A.B.

Before I was referred to Heather Jeffcoat I was living in a nightmare. I had been married to my husband for three years and I was suffering from Vaginismus. That all changed when I visited my OBGYN and she said she knew of someone with a great success rate. To be honest I was hesitant at first because my first doctor had already told me that all I needed to do was order dilators from the internet and I should overcome my problem. She was wrong because I had followed the book on how to use the dilators with absolutely no advancements in my condition. However, that all changed when I went in for my first visit and Heather took the time to explain my condition and how we were going to work together to overcome it.

I remember leaving her office with a glimmer of hope that I could live a normal life. As my sessions continued I began to see immediate results. With only four sessions and a strict dedication to my home programs I was cured of Vaginismus. In the beginning of this process I was made aware that my health insurance company might not cover the costs, which was disappointing but today I can say one hundred percent that it was the best money I ever spent. Now thanks to Heather I am finally enjoying my life to the fullest with my husband. Thank you Heather, I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate all that you have done for me. I will never forget it. Those who are suffering from these types of conditions don’t be afraid because she makes you feel so comfortable and the end result is worth it. Good luck to you all and I hope you experience the success I have.
-- A.B.

Testimonial by M.N., age 28

A personal journey and testimonial from one of my patients:

I was diagnosed with vaginismus 4 years ago. I never heard of such medical condition until after I got married. At first my husband and I didn't know what to do, we didn't know what the issues were or how to overcome it. Being born and raised in Armenia and being Christian I wasn't that open about talking to sex with others and so it wasn't easy to seek help. But eventually I went to an Ob-Gyn and luckily she knew about the medical condition (not many doctors know). She referred me to a physical therapist and I couldn't believe it and thought it's something I can handle myself. I ordered a kit from vaginismus.com and started practicing with dilators. There was some small progress but wasn't much helpful.

Read more: Testimonial by M.N., age 28

Testimonial by P.M.

I was hopeful but frankly skeptical when the doctor treating me for Interstitial Cystitis recommended that I go to Heather for physical therapy. Medication and diet helped control my IC symptoms, but I had never heard of physical therapy being used to treat IC. The education and treatment I received from Heather was a revelation. She explained that the pain I experienced with IC had helped create a cycle of muscle guarding which affected the entire pelvic area. I had no idea of the amount of tension being held there. No wonder my husband and I had not been able to have sexual intercourse for years!

Read more: Testimonial by P.M.

Testimonial by Jackie W.

I was in multiple car accidents a decade ago, and I have been to many physical therapists through the years without success. They found the root of my lower back pain problems and after nearly a decade of barely being able to walk I finally can again without pain. They are also the best pelvic floor pts and the only ones who found the connection between my pelvic floor and lower back problems. If you need help with physical pain, they are your answer.

-- Jackie W., 1/19/17 via Yelp!

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