POST-PARTUM PHYSIOTHERAPY OPTIONS.
This is not a time to get back to high-intensity exercise. If during this time you have any discomfort or concerns and want to have an assessment or treatment, please come in for a visit. We can discuss any issues regarding diastasis recti, urinary leakage and pelvic girdle pain.
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING AFTER PREGNANCY 6 WEEKS POST-PARTUM, CONSULT WITH A PHYSIOTHERAPIST:
- Tenting of your abdominal muscles (diastasis recti)
- Difficulty with activities of normal living
- Urinary or fecal incontinence when you cough, sneeze, laugh, exercise, etc.
- Pain with intercourse
- C-Section scarring, episiotomy or tearing
- Any bulging at the opening of the vagina
- Heaviness or pain in your back, hips, abdomen, pelvis, rectum or vagina
- Pelvic girdle pain (difficulty walking or transferring)
- Difficulty emptying your bowel or bladder
The first 6 weeks post-partum, sometimes called the 4th trimester is a time to get plenty of rest and allow your body and nerves to recover from birth. This is not a time to get back to high-intensity exercise. If during this time you have any discomfort or concerns and want to have an assessment or treatment, please come in for a visit. Although we do not do an internal vaginal exam until 6 weeks post-partum, we can assess externally.
“Birthing is the most profound initiation to spirituality a woman can have.” – Robin Lim
WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH SHOW?
- 50% of women have some degree of prolapse after giving birth (Hagan et al, 2011)
- Pelvic floor physiotherapy should be the first line of treatment for women with urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse