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pregnancy Physical Therapy

Pregnancy related Pain

  • Pubic symphysis Pain (or “lightning crotch”)

  • Lower back pain

  • Hip pain

  • Tailbone pain

  • Rib pain

  • Sciatica

  • Pelvic pain (with intimacy, using the bathroom, resting, or with activity)

  • Pelvic girdle pain (pain that seems to wrap around from the front to back on one or both sides)

  • Pain with walking (or the pregnancy waddle)

  • Plantar fasciitis or foot/ankle pain

  • Carpal tunnel or hand/wrist pain

Prenatal Care

  • Incontinence, urinary leakage

  • Urinary frequency and urgency

  • Constipation (hard, infrequent or difficult to pass stool)

  • Bowel urgency or leakage (leakage of solid, liquid or gas)

  • Managing hemorrhoids or painful bowel movements  

  • Pelvic organ prolapse (feeling of pelvic pressure, heaviness, bulging, dragging)

  • Pain with intimacy (new or ongoing)

  • Nutrition for bowel/bladder health and overall pregnancy wellness

  • Activity and exercise prescription (how and when to move or exercise based on your body, goals, limitations)

Pelvic therapist instructing pregnant patient on exercise and pelvic floor health.

Birth Preparation

Our Birth Prep Program consists of sessions spread across the 3 trimesters and includes:

  • How to relax the pelvic floor well in preparation for delivery

  • How to contract the pelvic floor effectively in cases of pressure, heaviness, and for optimal postpartum recovery

  • Best pushing strategies for your body and to reduce pelvic floor injury during delivery

  • Ideal pushing positions to avoid pelvic floor injury and finding those that feel best in your body

  • Education and tools for pain management and movement for both stage 1 and 2 of labor

  • Collaboration with you partner to teach pain management and supportive techniques 

  • Education on current research and best practices for births in various settings

  • Preparing your physical space for labor, how your environment impacts your nervous system and birth

  • How to advocate for you, your baby, and your desires/needs in any birth space

  • What questions to ask your provider

  • How vaginal or cesarean recoveries are similar/different 

  • Education on the types of interventions available in various birth settings and pros/cons of each one - to help you make informed decisions about your care

  • Prenatal and postpartum nutrition for optimal pregnancy and postpartum

  • Preparing for postpartum healing

  • Postpartum movement, return to exercise and how to reconnect to your pelvic floor

  • What symptoms to look for postpartum that warrant treatment or discussion with a provider

  • What is normal/not normal after having a baby

  • What to expect with your first bowel movement or care for hemorrhoids

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