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Like Nowhere Else: Ashlee’s Story Video Transcript

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Ashlee Rostvet. 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’m a wife. I’m a mom. I love to be outside. I love to run outside.

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She jogs down a road.

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I found out I was pregnant in December of 2020. Going into labor and delivery, we felt as ready as we could be. I went in at 38 weeks and four days. So I had almost the full term to prepare. And the one thing that I felt like I really didn’t anticipate, or plan for, was some of the physical recovery, or 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 go back to being active right away, and feeling good, and like myself. And I really wasn’t prepared for how not like myself I would feel afterwards. I had some quite a bit of tearing that I didn’t expect to have. And then, during pregnancy, I gained about 50 pounds and I had a significant diastasis, so abdominal separation. And so my core, which I had always worked on, and felt like it was pretty strong before pregnancy, after I had Vivian, I just really didn’t have core strength, and I was taken aback by that, and didn’t realize how much that would affect a lot of everyday life. Then bladder control. I had a lot of incontinence and bladder control issues. I just didn’t feel like myself. And I went in at my six week visit. She recommended that I start pelvic floor, physical therapy. And so that was something that I pursued. And through that process, I also started to have conversations and realize there are a lot of– I mean I’m not the only one who’s had a baby. There are lots of people who have had babies, and are going through these same things, but it’s not talked about, or people feel like, because it’s fairly personal, that they don’t want to share, be open about the struggles they’ re having with that, whether it’s painful intercourse, or bladder control issues, or back pain, or weakness related to the core not being strong. And I also learned that the things that I was going through, weren’t something that I was going through alone. Lots of other people had dealt with those things, or were dealing with those. And so just being able to be open about it and have conversations, I felt like it was really helpful. When I first started my postpartum journey, I felt like I was maybe, never going to feel like myself again. And I’ll never be who I was before I had a baby. But I have become comfortable with who I am now, and really regained a lot of the things that I had before, and even found new things that I didn’t have before that are positive.

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She holds her baby and kisses her on the cheek. Text, Like no where else. The Essentia Health logo appears, consisting of three leaves in a circle. Text, Essentia Health.

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