Why Would Someone Go to a Pelvic Health PT While Pregnant or Postpartum?

I recently went to a party where I didn’t know many people or hadn’t seen them for a long time. Small talk ensued and the common questions of, “what do you do?” “What have you been up to?” were asked. Leading with, “I’m a pelvic health PT and starting a business and working on putting out info about the 4th trimester“ is sure to raise some questions. 

I was shocked at the number (4, all that I could muster to talk to about it) of educated women who literally asked “why would a woman go to a PT after child birth?” One said, “oh you teach women how to Kegel!” I responded with, “if that’s all I learned during my doctorate then I deserve a massive refund!” It made me realize I am in my own little wellness bubble of people who know about and support care for the mother in addition to wellness of the baby.

The biggest surprise to my friends who are new moms, is how little care they received postpartum, one visit at 6 weeks postpartum. They are sent home sore and tired and with pads and instructions on perineal care and that’s about it. Not feeling very supported and not knowing what is normal.

When questions or complaints of pain or discomfort are met with “yeah, you’re pregnant, everyone goes through that.” “You’re pregnant, it will go away once you deliver.” Or “Yeah, you just had a baby, you are going to hurt.” Then seek out other resources! It doesn’t have to be this way.

Common issues don’t have to be the norm.  ⠀

PHYSICAL THERAPY IS EFFECTIVE FOR ALL OF THESE CONDITIONS

  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Prolapse symptoms
  • Education on breastfeeding positions
  • Education on biomechanics while feeding the baby, wearing the baby, changing the baby
  • Positional considerations for delivery when you’ve had pelvic girdle pain throughout pregnancy⠀
  • Movement in the first few days to support healing
  • How to safely get back to exercise
  • How to prevent acute pain becoming chronic pain or
  • Pain with sex
  • C-section scar management
  • Low back pain
  • Pelvic girdle pain

And the list goes on…

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Hi, I'm Dr. Laurel Proulx

I’m a researcher, educator, Pelvic Health PT, and advocate to help you find the answers and care you’ve been looking for.

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