Meet dr. mae hughes, pelvic floor physical therapis

OUR BODIES ARE INTRICATELY DESIGNED TO GROW AND GIVE BIRTH TO BABIES. HOWEVER, THIS TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCE DOES NOT HAVE TO MEAN SACRIFICING OUR OWN BODIES. PELVIC FLOOR ISSUES DURING PREGNANCY AND POSTPARTUM ARE ENTIRELY TREATABLE, AND WITH THE RIGHT CARE, WOMEN CAN REGAIN THE STRENGTH AND CONTROL NEEDED TO ENGAGE IN ALL TYPES OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING RUNNING AND JUMPING.

UNFORTUNATELY, PELVIC FLOOR PHYSICAL THERAPY IS OFTEN OVERLOOKED IN STANDARD CARE IN THE UNITED STATES. OUR GUEST TODAY IS DETERMINED TO CHANGE THAT BY ADVOCATING FOR ITS INCLUSION, AS SHE WANTS WOMEN EVERYWHERE TO REDISCOVER THEIR STRENGTH AND REGAIN THEIR CONFIDENCE. EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY, SHE HOPES TO PREVENT WOMEN FROM LOSING THEIR STRENGTH IN THE FIRST PLACE.

WE HAVE THE PLEASURE OF HAVING DR. MAE HUGHES ON MEET BRIDGET. DR. HUGHES IS NOT ONLY A MOTHER AND WIFE BUT ALSO A PELVIC FLOOR PHYSICAL THERAPIST AND A DEDICATED FITNESS ENTHUSIAST. HER PASSION LIES IN EMPOWERING WOMEN TO FEEL STRONG AND PREPARED THROUGHOUT THEIR PREGNANCY JOURNEY AND ENSURING A HEALTHY POSTPARTUM EXPERIENCE.

MANY OF US BECAME FAMILIAR WITH DR. HUGHES THROUGH HER INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT, WHERE SHE SHARES HER WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICAL ADVICE. WHEN THE TIME CAME FOR ME TO EMBARK ON MY OWN PREGNANCY JOURNEY, I ENROLLED IN HER DAY-BY-DAY COURSE ON MOVEMENT THROUGH PREGNANCY. AS AN EDUCATOR AND HEALTHCARE PROVIDER MYSELF, I WAS CONTINUALLY IMPRESSED BY DR. HUGHES’ EXPERTISE, PRACTICALITY, AND THE BROAD APPLICABILITY OF HER WORK FOR WOMEN IN ALL STAGES OF PREGNANCY.

DR. HUGHES’ SUCCESS AND POPULARITY ARE WELL-DESERVED, AND IT IS AN HONOR TO HAVE HER JOIN US ON TODAY’S SHOW. HER STORY IS AN INSPIRATION, AND WE ARE EXCITED TO SHARE IT WITH YOU.

in this episode:

[02:08] DR. HUGHES’ CLASSES REALLY HELPED KEIISHA DURING HER PREGNANCY AND BIRTH.

[03:06] WHERE IS DR. HUGHES FROM, HER BACKGROUND, AND HOW SHE GOT STARTED?

[07:06] DID DR. HUGHES ALWAYS HAVE THE SENSE THAT SHE WANTED TO DO SOMETHING PHYSICAL IN HER CAREER?

[10:11] AT A YOUNG AGE, DID DR. HUGHES HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING THAT HORSEBACK RIDING COACHING HER SISTER WAS SOMETHING THERAPEUTIC?

[21:21] WHAT WAS DR. HUGHES’S EXPERIENCE OF HER MID-COLLEGE CRISIS??

[27:39] WAS IT EASY FOR DR. HUGHES TO SWITCH FROM VETERINARY MEDICINE TO HEALING HUMANS INSTEAD?

[30:10] DID DR. HUGHES GET TO GO INTO THOSE OTHER SUBSPECIALTIES TO FIGURE OUT WHAT SHE WANTED TO DO?

[37:39] DOES DR. HUGHES FEEL LIKE ONE OF THE PIONEERS IN THIS PHYSICAL THERAPY AREA?

[42:22] WHEN DR. HUGHES FOUND MENTORS FOR THIS LIMITED FIELD, DID SHE MEET THEM AFTER COLLEGE OR ORGANICALLY THROUGHOUT HER CAREER?

[46:03] HOW DID DR. HUGHES START TO BUILD HER SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE?

[50:29] HOW CAN A WOMAN SAFELY EXERCISE WITHOUT HURTING HERSELF WHILE PREGNANT?

[53:20] DR. HUGHES TELLS US ABOUT THE ETHOS BEHIND HER PELVIC FLOOR PHYSICAL THERAPY.

[54:46] WHEN DID DR. HUGHES START BUILDING HER COURSE AND WHAT DID THAT LOOK LIKE FOR HER?

[47:48] WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF ANNA’S FAVORITE PLACES TO TRAVEL AND HOW HAVE THEY INFLUENCED HER BUSINESS AND HER CURRENT SUCCESS?

[01:04:25] HOW DOES DR. HUGHES TAKE A STEP BACK AND JUST GIVE BACK TO HERSELF?

[01:06:17] WHAT MESSAGE DOES DR. HUGHES WANT TO IMPART TO HER AUDIENCE?

[01:10:26] THE FAST FIVE QUESTIONS

[01:15:13] WHAT IS ONE QUALITY THAT DR. HUGHES HAD AS A YOUNG WOMAN THAT SHE MIGHT NOT HAVE TAKEN PRIDE IN AT THAT TIME BUT THAT SHE APPRECIATES NOW?

about DR. Mae Hughes

DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY AND PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING WOMEN MOVE THROUGH ALL STAGES OF MOTHERHOOD, DR. MAE HUGHES BEGAN TO WORK WITH FEMALE ATHLETES IN HER SPORTS RESIDENCY PROGRAM AFTER COMPLETING HER UNDERGRADUATE AND DOCTORATE DEGREES AT VANDERBILT AND BELMONT. THERE, SHE STARTED TO UNDERSTAND THAT PELVIC FLOOR ISSUES ARE COMMON BUT SO ARE THE MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT THEM. NOW, WITH HER DOCTORATE IN PHYSICAL THERAPY, SHE IS COMMITTED TO EDUCATING AS MANY WOMEN AS SHE CAN ABOUT HOW STRONG THEY TRULY ARE.

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