Podcast Episode #209

Elective caesarean, pro dancer, being pelvic floor trauma informed [Birth story with Millie]

In our latest podcast episode, we hear from Millie, a professional dancer, choreographer, and new mum to her daughter Rory about her elective caesarean birth story. Millie’s experience of managing her demanding job while preparing for motherhood is something many can relate to. Her story offers a peek into the world of juggling professional dreams and the adventure of becoming a mum.

Choosing an Elective Caesarean

A key part of Millie’s journey was her decision to have an elective caesarean. This wasn’t a choice made lightly; it came after much thought and discussions with her doctors. By sharing her elective caesarean birth story, Millie sheds light on making informed decisions about birth, underlining the importance of doing what’s right for you and your body.

Getting Back to Dance After Birth

After Rory’s arrival, Millie talks about her path to recovery, highlighting how crucial it is to stay hydrated and take things one step at a time. Her gradual return to dancing wasn’t just about physical recovery but also reconnecting with her passion. Millie’s story is truly inspiring, showing that with time and patience, it’s entirely possible to embrace new roles without losing sight of your passions.

Millie’s key insights during her recovery process include:

  • Take Recovery Slowly: Millie emphasised the importance of allowing her body to heal, especially after a caesarean section.
  • Stay Hydrated: She highlighted staying hydrated as crucial, particularly for breastfeeding mums.
  • Listen to Your Body: Millie listened to her body’s signals as she gradually returned to physical activity.
  • Gradual Return to Activity: Starting with light exercises, Millie gradually increased the intensity based on her comfort and well-being.
  • Reconnecting with Passion: For Millie, getting back to dancing was not just physical recovery but also mental well-being by reconnecting with her passion.
  • Patience is Key: She noted that recovery might take time and stressed the importance of being patient with oneself during the process.
  • Seek Professional Guidance: Millie sought advice from healthcare providers or physiotherapists to ensure her return to dance was safe and suited to her stage of recovery.

A Bit of Encouragement

Millie’s story, centring around the choice of an elective caesarean and balancing motherhood with personal interests, perfectly captures the essence of what we’re all about. In sharing these experiences, we celebrate the different paths of motherhood and the strength each woman carries through her journey.

Whether you’re facing pregnancy, childbirth, or navigating the early days of motherhood, remember the power lies in making informed choices and looking after both your physical and mental well-being. Let’s walk this path together with confidence and resilience.

** This podcast has general information only. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health or medical condition. 

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