Hello and welcome. I'm Yuka, a mama on the mend. I research, write, and share information about our postpartum bodies and lifestyle. Like it truly is. The good, the ugly, and the smelly. Pregnancy and childbirth are amazing feats of womanhood, but let's be real for a second. A lot happens to our bodies after growing that baby and ushering it out into the world. Our bodies need a whole lot of TLC.
Can we please talk about it? All of it?
Nothing is TMI here. Let's get into the nitty gritty realities of fecal incontinence, prolapse, itchy stitches, a heavy throbbing vagina, hair loss, overgrowth of vaginal skin (granulations), discharge, blood, other fluids, pelvic exams, and hormones, just to name a few.
This isn't another mom blog
Mama on the Mend isn't about parenting at all. It's not even about the baby (gasp!). This is a women's health and postpartum care website and resource for you. I'm just as fascinated as you are with knowing what actually happened to our bodies right after birth and beyond, and what we can do to mend our poor, awesome, tired, wilting, strong, and amazing bodies. I curate information from peer reviewed studies, researchers, health professionals, body workers, postpartum doulas, midwives, personal experience, and other mending moms like you. Read my story that inspired this website here.
C-section mamas, natural birthers, surrogates, anyone who has had a baby grow inside of her body, and those who care for these women...welcome!
Why this website?
Oh, how I struggled! Mama on the Mend is a very personal project. I was inspired by the countless "how come no one told me about this?" moments that left me feeling isolated, frustrated, and confused about my body after having a baby. I also love writing and doing research, which is why I'm still in grad school hoping to do those things for a living one day. Actually, I couldn't wait until graduation so I'm etching out this corner of the Internet to jump start work I'm passionate about, which is to write fascinating things about women's health, hopefully in useful ways for you.
A bit about me
I have a Bachelor’s in Physical Education and Health, a Master’s in Public Health, and I'm a nationally Certified Health Education Specialist.
When I’m not doing research, writing, or attempting my pelvic PT exercises, I can be found chasing after my EXTREMELY spirited little boy or day dreaming about flour-less molten chocolate cake.
If you’re dying to know more, here are five things you don’t know about me…
1. I used to be terrified of pigeons. When I was a child, they physically attacked me or died in front of me on several occasions. Now, I just hate pigeons. Like really really hate them. They’re aggressive flying rats!
2. I’m a middle child (the diplomat, the peacekeeper, sometimes the forgotten child).
3. I really love reading auto/biographies and memoirs about interesting women (including ones in comic form). Recent favorites are Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story, Yes Please!, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Fun Home, and Persepolis.
4. My absolute favorite T.V. show is The Office (U.S. version). I can watch this show over and over again.
5. If I could choose a superhero power, it would be telekinesis. Definitely telekinesis.
Yuka Polovina has a Bachelors in Physical Education and Health, a Masters in Public Health, and is a nationally Certified Health Education Specialist. Yuka's education doesn't drive her. It just gives her the tools to dig a little deeper into research on the postpartum existence, going beyond personal experiences. With this website, she hopes to keep motivated to be her best new postpartum self, offer useful information about caring for our bodies after birth, and provide good company for other mamas on the mend.
I'd love to hear from you! Send me your questions, comments, or suggestions for topics you think we should discuss.