Helping You Navigate Pregnancy & Postpartum Changes
The pregnant body experiences many physical and hormonal changes as it adjusts to the demands of a growing baby. Although many of these changes can be fun and exciting, some of them can be uncomfortable and painful. Physical therapy can support birthing parents throughout their pregnancy and into the “fourth trimester.”
Physical therapy allows moms the ability to go beyond simply dealing with pregnancy and postpartum related pain to truly enjoy the changes they’re experiencing in their bodies. Research indicates that increased physical activity during pregnancy helps lead to shorter duration of labor, lower risk of a C-section or preeclampsia, and improvements in wellness and depressive scores. One of our goals is to take some of the fear out of pregnancy so the patient can feel stronger and more confident throughout the duration of their pregnancy.
A physical therapist specializing in women’s health can help women manage pregnancy with less pain and discomfort, prepare their body for childbirth, and help them to develop or restore core and pelvic floor strength during and after birth. They can even give practical advice on lifting mechanics, nursing positions, breast care, posture, and more. For postpartum patients, a physical therapist can help to resolve any incontinence issues that arise after childbirth.
Most Common Pregnancy-Related Conditions Physical Therapy Can Treat:
Managing expectations for changes in body and lifestyle
External techniques to help reduce pain
Empowering patients to understand their options in giving birth
+ Retraining patients to use diaphragmatic breathing
+ Setting a realistic pace for activities during pregnancy
+ Teaching breathing techniques to reduce pain during and after pregnancy
Prescribed exercises for an individualized care plan
+ Bracing and taping
+ Education on when they are functional and applicable
Educating pregnant and postpartum patients
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