Physiotherapy helps with pregnancy, delivery and postpartum. Physiotherapists know how to work with pregnant women throughout their birthing journey. Keep reading to learn our top 5 reasons why!
1. Physiotherapy helps with pregnancy pain
Firstly, while pregnancy can be an amazing time, it can also be filled with aches and pains. From pelvic girdle pain to tailbone pain, low back pain to pubic bone pain, women’s health physiotherapists are used to dealing with pain conditions commonly affecting pregnant women. Treatments include exercises to stretch and strengthen, taping and bracing techniques, manual therapy to help joint and muscle quality, ergonomic advise and other education to help improve pain levels.
2. Physiotherapy helps with birth preparation
Women’s health trained physiotherapists are happy to help prepare your pelvic floor and core muscles for birth. Need to learn how to kegel? They can teach you. Want to learn perineal massage to help reduce the risk of tearing? They’ve got that covered. Preparing for a C-section? They know how to help. Interested in labor positions and push techniques that might work for you? Pelvic floor physiotherapists know how to help with those too. Moreover, physiotherapists can help to answer some of those other birth preparation questions that you might have.
3. Physiotherapy can help guide exercise during pregnancy
While it’s recommended that pregnant women aim for 150 minutes of exercise per week to support a healthy pregnancy, sometimes that can be tricky. If you are confused about safe exercise, or not sure how to adapt your current exercise regime to be appropriate for pregnancy, a physiotherapists can help. Do you have aches and pain or fatigue interfering with your exercise? Physiotherapists can offer modifications and other suggestions to navigate safe exercise during pregnancy.
4. Physiotherapy helps with those pesky bladder problems
Are you leaking urine with a cough, sneeze or laughter? Physiotherapists can teach pelvic floor muscle exercises (not just kegels) to help build strength, endurance and coordination. Research supports treating bladder leaks during pregnancy because it can make your recovery more successful. In other words, if you have any bladder concerns during pregnancy, it’s best to chat with your physiotherapist as soon as possible.
5. Physiotherapy helps with postpartum recovery
Are you worrying about recovering the strength of your pelvic floor and core muscles following delivery? How about healing from a tear? Rehabilitating a C-section? Do you need to learn how to get back to exercise after baby? Pelvic floor physiotherapists can assess and treat these concerns.
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