Today I speak with Paulina Ioannidou, a former MMA athlete, PhD student in Cologne, Germany, owner of a physio facility, and mom. She educates on female athletes, as well as cultural differences of pregnant and postpartum athletes. She last competed in 2019 and then got pregnant with her son, who is now 3. Her own search for information about activity during pregnancy lead her to research how different cultures handle athletic pregnancies.
Paulina shares about pregnancy and postpartum in Germany and what it’s like to get physiotherapy.
We talk about:
-being a professional MMA athlete
-lack of information about exercise and pregnancy
-postpartum information in Germany
-setting realistic expectations
-returning to activity
6:01 searching for information on active pregnancies
10:19 social media backlash
15:58 pregnancy care in Germany
22:15 getting women care earlier
26:45 how patients find Paulina
29:05 expectations versus reality
34:15 biggest challenges for postpartum moms
40:01 returning to activity postpartum
46:10 talking about possible scenarios
48:00 rapid fire questions
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