Podcast 101: Pelvic Floor Rehab after C-section | Dr. Dawn Andalon

My guest on this episode on “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Dr. Dawn Andalon, a physical therapist, educator, author, and co-founder of Level4 Physio-Wellness-Performance. She is known as a leading spine and women’s health specialist in the San Diego area.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. how soon is “too soon” to start moving, walking, exercising after a c-section
  2. the difference in rehabilitating the pelvic floor after a planned c-section vs. a c-section after laboring and pushing
  3. what the 5 steps are for restoring your core and pelvic floor in postpartum

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About Dr. Dawn Andalon:

Dr. Dawn Andalon is a physical therapist, educator, author, and co-founder of Level4 Physio-Wellness-Performance. She is known as a leading spine and women’s health specialist in the San Diego area.

Prior to living in southern CA she worked at Nike Headquarters in Portland, OR as a physical therapist and consultant. She has always enjoyed fitness and working with the athletic population as a former dancer and gymnast. Dawn has also completed certification through Polestar Pilates in 2006 which she has implemented with elite and Olympic athletes, surfers, golf pros, and the weekend warrior to enhance their chosen sport. After having 2 kids she saw a need for more highly skilled programs for women who are struggling with common body struggles after having a baby so she went on to seek more training in Pelvic floor rehab and the female athlete through Herman & Wallace Institute.

As a spine specialist with a Manual Therapy Certification from University of St. Augustine and Pilates background she has helped men and women of all ages stay active and feel their best. This combined with her passion to educate pregnant and postpartum women, she is now reaching a larger audience with her postnatal rehab coaching series, helping to bridge the gap from labor/delivery back to an active lifestyle.  Dawn lives in Carlsbad with her husband, Oscar (also her business partner and a PT) and her 2 young daughters.

About the Author

Dr. Jay Warren has been a prenatal and pediatric chiropractor for 17 years. He is also the Wellness Care Coordinator at the CAP Wellness Center in San Diego, CA where 90% of his practice is pregnant or postpartum women and babies under one year old. Dr. Jay is a proud member of the ICPA and APPPAH (the Association or Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health) and the host of the podcast “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” in iTunes. His online program, “Connecting with Baby” guides pregnant women through processes to strengthen maternal bonding for a happier pregnancy, gentler birth and easier post-partum experience. Dr. Jay is also the proud father of his 3 year old son, Niko who keeps him very busy (and happy) outside of the office.