Today I speak with Margo Kwiatkowski, an orthopedic and pelvic health physical therapist in Southern California. She has made it her life’s mission to provide valuable, evidence based, and accessible information about pelvic organ prolapse in postpartum people. Margo was diagnosed with pelvic organ prolapse after the birth of her first child in the summer of 2021. She knew all the statistics about pelvic organ prolapse and did “all the right things” but was still taken aback by the diagnosis. Margo was the most shocked by how deeply this diagnosis affected her physical AND mental health. She quickly realized there was a need for more education and exposure about pelvic organ prolapse and created her Instagram with the hopes of normalizing changes postpartum. Her goal is to help dispel fears about prolapse and help people get back to what they love.
We talk about:
-learning about pelvic floor therapy
-expectations going into pregnancy
-not being heard postpartum
-empowering but not scaring
-speaking with a mental health professional
-common but not normal
-reducing symptoms to restore nervous system
2:56 learning about pelvic health
5:40 pregnancy as a PT
10:10 discovering she had prolapse
15:00 validating patients’ feelings
20:30 ah-ha moments from pelvic health
34:25 “Are my organs going to go back?”
40:49 dealing with perimenopause
43:30 rapid fire questions
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