Here at PT in Motion, we're known for taking care of kiddos.

 

HOWEVER, there's someone that tends to get lost in the mix – moms! AND, we have NOT forgotten you. The 4th Trimester is real and the struggle can be intense. We are here to help.

Pregnancy & Postpartum


Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)

What is POP?

  • Occurs when one or more pelvic organs drop down into the vagina
  • Could include the uterus, bowel and bladder
  • Can occur after child birth

Signs/Symptoms

  • Heaviness sensation in lower belly and vagina
  • Visible bulge in vagina
  • Worsening symptoms with increased pressure or exertion

How Physical Therapy Can Help

  • Addresses pelvic floor muscle tightness or laxity to decrease prolapse
  • Pelvic floor muscle training to decrease prolapse during daily activities
  • Pressure management using breath to reduce prolapse during daily and recreational activities

Diastasis Recti (DR)

What is it?

  • Condition that occurs when the tendon that runs down the abdominal wall tears. 
  • Common during pregnancy due to the mother’s abdomen stretching.
  • DR can heal on its own, but sometimes it does not and can lead to significant abdominal weakness

Signs/Symptoms/Common Complaints

  • Visible gap in the middle of the abdomen
  • Upon exertion or pressure to abdomen, bulging in the middle of the abdomen
  • Difficulty engaging abdominals

How Physical Therapy Can Help

  • Teaching correct abdominal engagement
  • Target correct abdominal muscles to help close the gap
  • Education on safe body mechanics and how to avoid further gapping

Urinary Problems

Signs/Symptoms

  •       leaking with activity (jumping, exercise, or picking up kids, groceries, etc.)
  •       leaking with sneezing/coughing/laughing
  •       leaking after void or don't feel like emptying bladder
  •       frequent urination
  •       feel like you have to push out to urinate
  •       constipation and difficulty with bowel movements, urgency with bowel movements

How Physical Therapy Can Help

  •       PT can help with bowel and bladder habits for improved lifestyle and decreased embarrassment
  •       Also, can help relaxing muscles that may be overactive and tight leading to bowel and bladder dysfunction
  •       PT can help with the coordination and strengthening if necessary for decreased leaking 

Pain with Intercourse or Penetration

(such as getting a PAP smear)

Signs/Symptoms

  •       Painful pelvic exams pain with penetration
  •       discomfort with certain positions

How Physical Therapy Can Help

  • PT can help to teach to relax muscles that are tight that can lead to pain with pelvic exams and/or intercourse

Musculoskeletal Pain

Some women develop back, hip and neck pain during or after pregnancy due to postural changes and laxity.

Signs/Symptoms

  • Can be constant pain
  • Can be pain associated with activities such as standing, lifting, bending, etc.
  • Can be pain associated with certain positions like sitting or working on the computer

How Physical Therapy Can Help

  • Focus on postural strength and body mechanics during daily and recreational activities
  • Trains core system to work optimally during and after pregnancy
  • Improves mobility, flexibility, strength and stability to help reduce pain

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