May 26, 2021

EP71- Ladies, Let's Learn About Your Pelvic Floor & Pregnancy with Kate Roddy & Kim Vopni

EP71- Ladies, Let's Learn About Your Pelvic Floor & Pregnancy with Kate Roddy & Kim Vopni

Today, Kate Roddy and Kim Vopni join us in a fantastic discussion full of insights and takeaways regarding women's pelvic floors. In this episode, they talk about what women need to understand about their pelvis, the different exercises that prepare women for birth, how to remove the stigma around genital self-care, and the appropriate mindset and perspective women need to take when planning pregnancy. For women, a mother to her labor is the same as an athlete to a game.


Join us and take charge of your pelvic floor in this episode of the Mamas in Training Podcast with Kate Roddy and Kim Vopni.


Pelvic Floor Talk

Many women stay in confusion, or worse, know nothing about their pelvic floors whenever it's brought up. When it’s the subject, it's commonly mistaken as something its not. Some think it's another term for the vagina. Others believe it’s only the uterus. It is ALL of it and why is it important to learn about the pelvic floor? Pelvic floors are so important in our day to day and especially in pregnancy and birth. The more a woman knows about its function, the more prepared she becomes when needed in action during labor and recovery. Being knowledgeable about your body helps you become an active participant in your process of giving birth and not just someone who lays down and waits for instructions.

The pelvis protects the various abdominal organs found around its upper region and supports the spinal column. It is a butterfly-shaped bone in appearance. Why it is commonly referred to as a basin-like structure makes a lot of sense, as it supports a number of pelvic sexual and neurological organs like a bowl. The layer below all of that is what we call the pelvic floor. It stabilizes the pelvis bone and supports the pelvic organs. Some of them are also sphincteric, meaning squeezing and closing at will that helps women control their vaginal and rectal parts.

Listen to more pelvic talk, an introduction to our pelvic floor as well as what to expect at a pelvic physio exam with Kim and Kate in this episode of the Mamas in Training Podcast!


About Kim Vopni:

Kim holds a BA in Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Health and Fitness. She is a Restorative Exercise Specialist™, a Certified Personal Trainer, a Certified Pre/Post Natal Fitness Consultant, a Certified Fitness For Fertility Specialist, a Certified Pilates Instructor, and a Hypopressive Method trainer.  

Kim was the Canadian importer/distributor for the EPI-NO product for 14 years until Dec 2018. She offers DIY pelvic floor fitness programs and one on one coaching programs for pregnant and non-pregnant women. Kim helps women find their Kegel Mojo™ (even if they have never had kids) and helps pregnant women maintain their core function and Prepare To Push™. 


About Kate Roddy:

Kate has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Physiotherapy Studies from the University of Queensland. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program at McMaster University, Level 1 and 2 in Functional Movement Screens (FMS) and Selective Functional Movement Assessments (SFMA) and Level I-III for her pelvic physiotherapy certification.

She has also completed a Real-Time Ultrasound Assessment and Treatment of Lumbopelvic Disorders internship. For the past 13 years, Kate has worked primarily in sports medicine specializing in post-surgical care for orthopedic conditions. 

Kate's passion for the body and exercise led her to become a Lagree Method Instructor. Known as pilates on steroids, this intense form of group exercise challenges the body and the mind. She teaches weekly classes at the Studio Lagree Queen East location and takes 2-3 classes a week to keep up with the younger staff.


Outline of the episode:

  • [04:50] More information for women planning pregnancy needs to be out there. 
  • [10:33] What you need to know about the pelvic floor.
  • [14:23] On urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.
  • [18:54] What to expect from an appointment with your Physio. 
  • [26:01] Kegel's Exercise and the many misconceptions surrounding it.
  • [33:01] How women can prepare for pregnancy and giving birth.
  • [35:53] What is the point of doing Perineal Massage?
  • [39:06] Look at pregnancy from the viewpoint of fitness and physical training.
  • [43:22] The significance of the 4th Trimester.
  • [44:33] Five-step protocol for women after giving birth.
  • [49:22] Will a Caesarian Section affect the pelvic area?


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