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Like Nowhere Else: Video Transcript of Ashlee’s Story

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Ashlee Rostvet. She and a man are strolling 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 am a mother. I love being outside. I love running outside.

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She is jogging down a street.

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I found out in December 2020 that I was pregnant. 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 whole semester to prepare. And the one thing that I really didn’t expect or plan for was the physical recovery or the physical aspect of the postpartum period.

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She puts her baby in a park swing.

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I felt like I could have this baby and be active again and feel good and like myself right away. And I really wasn’t prepared for the fact that I wasn’t going to feel like myself afterwards. I had quite a tear flow that I wasn’t expecting. And then during the pregnancy I gained about 50 pounds and I had significant diastasis. And so was my core which I had always been working on and felt pretty strong before pregnancy, after having Vivian I just didn’t have any core strength and I was baffled by it and didn’t know how much, what much in everyday life would affect. Then bladder control. I had many problems with incontinence and bladder control. I just didn’t feel like myself. And I went in on my six week visit. She recommended that I start with pelvic floor and physical therapy. And that was something I pursued. And through that process I also started having conversations and realizing that there are many – I mean, I’m not the only one who had a baby. There’s a lot of people who’ve had babies and are going through the same things, but it’s not talked about or people feel because it’s quite personal, they don’t want to share, be open about the struggles they’re having . They have to do with whether it is painful intercourse, bladder control issues, back pain, or weakness related to a not strong core. And I also learned that the things I was going through weren’t something I was going through alone. Many other people had dealt with these things or were dealing with them. I felt like being able to just be open about it and have conversations was really helpful. As I began 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 been comfortable with who I am now and regained many of the things 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 nowhere else. The Essentia Health logo appears, consisting of three leaves in a circle. Text, Essentia Health.

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