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Like Nowhere Else: video transcription of Ashlee’s story

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Ashley Rosvet. She and a man stroll down a sidewalk pushing a baby in a stroller and walking a dog on a leash.

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ASHLEE ROSTVET: I’m Ashlee Rostvet. And I am a wife. i am a mother. I like being outside. I like to run outside.

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She runs down a road.

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I found out I was pregnant in December 2020. As we went into labor and delivery, we felt as ready as we could be. I went in at 38 weeks and 4 days. So I had almost the entire semester to prepare. And the one thing I felt like I really didn’t expect or plan for was some of the physical recovery or the physical aspect of postpartum.

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She places her baby in a park swing.

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I felt like I would just be able to have this baby and get right back to being active, feeling good and being myself. And I really wasn’t prepared for how I wouldn’t feel like myself afterwards. I had quite a few tears that I didn’t expect. And then, during pregnancy, I gained about 50 pounds and had significant diastasis, so a separation of the abdomen. And so my core which I had always worked on and felt like I was pretty strong before pregnancy after I had Vivian I just really had no core strength and I was surprised by that and didn’t realize how much that much of it would affect daily life. Then bladder control. I had a lot of problems with incontinence and bladder control. I just didn’t feel like myself. And I went in during my six week visit. She advised me to start with pelvic floor physiotherapy. And so that was something I pursued. And through that process, I also started having conversations and realized there are a lot of — I mean, I’m not the only one who’s had a baby. There’s a lot of people who’ve had babies and are going through the same things, but they’re not talked about, or people feel like, because it’s quite personal, that they don’t want to share, want to be open about the struggles they’re having Whether it’s to painful intercourse, or bladder control problems, or back pain, or weakness related to not having core strength. And I also learned that the things I was going through were not something I was going through alone. Many other people had dealt with, or were dealing with, those things. And so just being able to be open about it and having conversations felt really helpful to me. When I first started my postpartum journey, I felt like I might never feel like myself again. And I’ll never be who I was before I had a baby. But I’ve gotten comfortable with who I am now, and really got back a lot of the things I had before, and even found some new things I didn’t have before that are positive.

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She holds her baby and kisses her on the cheek. Text, like nowhere else. The Essentia Health logo appears, consisting of three leaves in a circle. Text, Essentia Health.

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