Being pregnant takes a toll on your body. As your belly and skin stretch with the growth of your unborn child, your center of gravity shifts, your joints and ligaments relax and loosen, and the curvature of your spine lengthens to accommodate that growing belly.
And with those body changes, pain and discomfort can become a constant problem.
But did you know that doesn’t always go away after you give birth?
Those same pain and problems can last for a while even after your bundle of joy has made their appearance in this world. And no matter how you give birth (vaginally, C-section, VBAC, etc.), new pain and problems can arise.
But don’t worry, new mommas! There is help available! We know no new parents want to have to deal with pain and discomfort while they adjust to having a new little human to take care of at home. Did you know that here at Cutting Edge, Women’s Health is something that our therapists specialize in? That’s good news for you!
We found an amazing site, Modern Mom, and with the help of author Ginger Garner, we’re here to let you know “4 Reasons New Moms Need Physical Therapy”.
Managing Urinary and Fecal Continence
No mother wants to leak urine or worse, feces, after giving birth. But the reality is that if you have given birth, or are about to, you have an increased chance of doing just that.
The good news is that physical therapists treat incontinence (both stress and urge related) without invasive methods. No surgery and no drugs. New mothers should seek physical therapy to remedy a weak or damaged pelvic floor.
Prevent Scar Tissue Adhesions & Pelvic Pain
Pelvic pain is more common than ever, in part because of the US’s astronomical rate of C-sections. Scarring is a natural part of the healing process, but when left to heal on their own after C-sections or abdominal surgery, incision sites (or tears or episiotomies from childbirth) can cause permanent pain.
Low back pain, sexual dysfunction, and painful intercourse are all reported side effects of unabated scarring. Scarring can cause permanent pain if left untreated, which is why I recommend women seek PT after surgery, or if they have suffered a perineal tear or cut from an episiotomy.
Manage Low Back Pain
Over 80% of Americans suffer from lower back pain, and I would dare to guess that an equal or greater percentage of pregnant women suffer from some type of back pain.
The good news is that a physical therapist can determine why and how the back pain occurs, and can help manage it during and after pregnancy. Sometimes pain can arise from deep pelvic muscle imbalance, pelvic misalignment, spinal issues, or misalignment in pubic symphysis, sacroiliac joint, or the lumbosacral junction. The point is, physical therapists are the experts in evaluating, diagnosing, and helping you manage your pain and discomfort in this area.
Wellness for Future Pregnancies and Daily Life
Physical therapists are also experts in the field of fitness, prevention, and wellness.
Because PT’s are experts in knowing how the body works, they can design a personalized treatment plan to fit your needs. A PT can help you get your body back, and/or prepare it for future pregnancies.
Click here to read Ginger’s complete post on Modern Mom! You won’t regret it!