Orthopedic Surgeon Arla Spencer Joins Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic

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Like Nowhere Else: Ashlee’s Story Video Transcript

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Ashlee 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 woman. I am mom. I like to be outdoors. I love running outside.

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She is running on a road.

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I found out I was pregnant in December 2020. As labor and delivery began, we felt as ready as possible. I entered at 38 weeks and four days. So I had almost the whole term to prepare. And the one thing that I felt like I didn’t really anticipate or plan for was some of the physical recovery or postpartum physicality.

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She places her baby in a park swing.

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I felt like I would be able to have this baby and be active again right away, feeling good and looking like myself. And I was really unprepared for not feeling like myself afterwards. I had a lot of tears that I didn’t expect. And then, during the pregnancy, I took about 50 kilos and I had a significant diastasis, therefore an abdominal separation. And so my core, which I had always worked on, and I felt pretty strong before the pregnancy, after having Vivian, I really had no core strength, and I was surprised by that, and I 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 walked in on my six week visit. She recommended that I start pelvic floor therapy, physiotherapy. And so that’s something that I pursued. And through that process, I also started having conversations and realized that there was a lot of…I mean I’m not the only one who had a baby. There are a lot of people who have had babies and are going through the same things, but it’s not talked about, or people feel, because it’s quite personal, that they don’t want to share, Be open about the struggles they’re having, whether it’s painful sex, bladder control issues, back pain, or weakness related to not being strong at the core. 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 these things, or were dealing with them. And so just being able to be open about it and having conversations, I felt like that was really helpful. When I 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 got comfortable with who I am now, and I really found a lot of things that I had before, and I even found new things that I didn’t have before that are positive.

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She holds her baby and kisses him 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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