Pregnancy and Postpartum Therapy
Physical therapy can be incredibly effective in managing discomfort and common aches and pains during pregnancy. Our pregnancy and postpartum specialists provide a variety of ways to make your pregnancy more comfortable, and enhance your body’s ability to have a smoother birth.
Following delivery, your Sol therapist will guide you through your postpartum rehabilitation. This can include pain resolution, pelvic floor strengthening, as well as the education of infant-care body mechanics (including breast feeding ergonomics).
Prenatal and postpartum conditions we treat include (but are not limited to):
- Pelvic pain
- Abdominal and low back pain
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Tailbone pain (coccygodynia)
- Abdominal separation (diastasis recti)
- Urinary incontinence
Research has found that regular exercise during an uncomplicated pregnancy is not only safe for most women, but can also decrease the risk of developing gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and preterm birth. Regular exercise also helps control excessive pregnancy weight gain and increase the potential of a vaginal delivery. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends participating in regular aerobic exercise and strength training including (but limited to) walking, stationary cycling, dancing, aerobic exercise, resistance exercise, stretching, and water aerobics.
Before starting an exercise routine, every pregnant person should be evaluated by their obstetrician to determine if there are any safety restrictions. If an exercise regime has been started and there are any concerns, contact your obstetrician right away. It might be recommended to see a physical therapist who treats pregnancy-related conditions if there is pain in the back, hips, or pelvis, or if the pregnant person needs more guidance on exercise.
Stretching is a vital component of any fitness routine, but can be even more important during pregnancy. Stretching can not only help alleviate pain but can also help prepare for the birthing process. This can be done through yoga, pilates, or in your own routine, but modifications will need to be made for the pregnant body. For instance, pregnant persons should avoid laying on their back after the second trimester, so stretches in this position should be modified to another position.
It is generally safe to stretch in any fashion throughout all trimesters of pregnancy; however, if you have pain during or after, you should stop and talk to your obstetrician. If pain persists or limits your ability to perform daily tasks, a physical therapist that specializes in treating pregnancy conditions might be recommended.