Today I speak with Anna Downs, a specialist Pregnancy & Postpartum Movement Coach, Educator, Author and International Public Speaker. Her journey into this work began as a British Army Officer and an athlete with two tough pregnancies and deliveries, during which everything she knew about her body, health and fitness was challenged leaving her in the dark with how to manage to issues such as pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence and Diastasis Recti. Her career taught her how to ignore pain signals, a valuable skill in the military but not really conducive to effective self-care. This led her on a path of education, self-discovery and ultimately, to supporting other parents-to-be in their informed and empowered journey into parenthood. She now lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand with her husband and two children.
Anna shares how her transition into parenthood lead her to discover her vocation. Her goal is to support people to feel empowered and able to be advocate for themselves. She strongly believes that education is key and that no subject should be off limits.
We talk about:
-experience in the British military
-damage during delivery
-mental shifts needed for pregnancy
-data and opinions about activity in pregnancy
-realistic motherhood movement patterns
-differences in pregnancies
-journey of self-healing
-advice for first-time moms
2:21 entering the military
8:30 her birth experience
12:01 navigating pregnancy as a military officer
17:35 advice from physicians going into birth
20:03 going from home birth to hospital
23:35 first weeks postpartum and second pregnancy
26:53 trying to heal leakage, diastasis recti, and prolapse
34:01 recovery from second birth
37:35 deciding to help others
40:46 things to share in early pregnancy
43:43 life in Thailand
51:35 advice for moms
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