PHYSICAL THERAPY TREATMENTS DURING & AFTER PREGNANCY
Many women experience discomfort, pain, urinary incontinence, and diastasis recti or abdominal separation during or after pregnancy. Research has shown that 80 % of women can establish pain or urinary incontinence and 76.4% have reported for having it for 12 years. During pregnancy, the most common areas where women experience pain are the pelvic girdle, lumbar region, and hips. These begin from any hormonal change in a women’s body.
Women who have more than 1 baby are more likely to experience pelvic girdle pain. Another pain that women experience during and after pregnancy is coccyx pain. Physical Therapist can help with this kind of pain by suggesting to the patient that she can lie on her side instead of on her back. Physical Therapist suggest exercising while pregnant or in postpartum will help with any discomfort or pain. Types of exercises include: squatting, picking up the baby, lunging, sit-to-stand, rolling over, and neuromuscular reeducation. Neuromuscular exercises focus on back muscles, the core muscles, and pelvic floor strengthening. These exercises are retraining the muscle in functional activities and also can be healthy for pregnant women as well. Women who exercise during pregnancy recover faster and also lose their weight faster. Wojciechowski, Michele.
What to Expect When They’re Expecting: PTs Who Treat Patients During & After Pregnancy.
PT in Motion. 2017: 17-23.