Whether Janette is on the track, training, or sharing her C-section and postnatal recovery expertise on her next IGTV reel, as a perinatal Therapist she is focused on helping mothers postpartum and as an athlete guiding fellow athletes on balancing athleticism and motherhood through informed C-section recovery.
With over 19 years of experience in athletic and massage therapy, Janette’s work as a perinatal Therapist is dedicated to bridging the gaps in healthcare to take a woman safely from conception to childbirth and returning to safe exercise. Although Janette has had two vaginal births of her own, she is extremely passionate about C-section recovery.
Join us as we sit down for this inspiring conversation with Janette about healing, creating a village, and maintaining your identity in motherhood.
I started leaking, I was running around that track at a very high pace, faster than I’ve ever done before since having kids and I started to pee myself at 4 years postpartum for the first time.
So, when we talk about that healthcare gap, focusing on supporting women going back into sports, that's what I'm talking about.
For women who want to get back into higher-level sports, or sports in general, there are still going to be postpartum implications.
If their strength and recovery aren't taking that one step further, she is going to be discouraged, and their confidence is going to drop, her self-esteem is going to be butchered and then the negative effects of that is, “I’m not an athlete anymore, I should just stick to being happy pain-free, active with my kids.” That’s not good enough.
Serena Williams is one of a handful of professional female athletes who have intimately shared their childbirth experiences. After being rushed into an emergency C-section, Serena experienced serious shortness of breath and had a pulmonary embolism.
This caused severe coughing which re-opened the C-section incision sending Serena back into surgery where doctors found a large hematoma and swelling of clotted blood and she spent the first 6 weeks of motherhood bedridden. Professional and high-intensity athletes can face a different kind of recovery than most moms.
Due to the relaxin hormone being released during pregnancy- mainly to help loosen the pelvis for birth, this hormone also increases a woman’s flexibility but can create issues with muscle capacity.
WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU? WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE OUR AUDIENCE TO KNOW?
As the founder of The “Proactivemoms Method”, an exercise and rehabilitation program designed with athletes, I want women to stay connected and empowered to their healing. For anyone who can use a supportive coach cheering you on, you can check out more of what I do here.
HOW CAN PEOPLE STAY CONNECTED WITH YOUR JOURNEY?
You can find me on Instagram @askjanette where I hold weekly IGTV Q+As or over on TikTok where I teach women different exercises that promote a healthy C-section recovery.
A special thank you to Osato Erebor for capturing Janette so beautifully in her element.
VIDEO INTERVIEW: CHECK OUT JANETTE’S MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEW ON C-SECTION RECOVERY, ATHLETICISM & MOTHERHOOD
Janette's Bra was customized in a 32A and she is wearing a Small in the Lenea High Waist Control Boyshort with Tummy panel healing.