Post Partum Care
From the excitement of having baby to process of delivering a baby is quite a journey. After having you go through roller coaster of emotions from anxiousness, pain, joy or even grief. Along with the baby, your body is also going to experience psychological and physical changes and you are going to start feeling like a new person. Post-partum pain it’s common and normal but there is treatment for it.
You don’t have to live with it. Going for physical therapist care after pregnancy and childbirth isn’t standardized care in America, but it absolutely should be.Other countries like France, Netherlands and Australia, take postpartum physical therapy care very seriously to help women recover from the rigors of childbirth. However, in the USA, a lot of times we get to hear as quoted: “Not only do we do nothing in the U.S., but also if a woman goes to her physician, particularly her obstetrician, with these complaints after delivery it’s written off as ‘Well, you just had a baby,’” said Stephanie Prendergast, author of “Pelvic Pain Explained.” Research shows:
35% of new moms’ experience stress urinary incontinence in the postpartum period.
More than 50% of women have a diastatis rectus abdominis after pregnancy. (A diastatis rectus abdominis is the separation of the abs from their central tendon and is a leading cause of low back pain, stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.)
20% of first-time moms show severe pelvic floor muscle injury after a normal pregnancy/delivery.
25% of women with pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy remain in pain after delivery.
11 to 20% of women experience post-partum depression every year.
What are the benefits of Pre-natal exercises
Pelvic rehabilitation is a type of physical therapy that can be very helpful for postpartum moms. Benefits are often multi fold –
• Pregnancy and childbirth can damage the muscles and connective tissue of the pelvic floor, causing all kinds of inconvenient and uncomfortable symptoms for women after they give birth.
• Lose weight
• Tone abdominal muscles quickly
• Prevents low back pain
• Childcare duties can put strain on your body biomechanics
• Strength to carry on with lifting, carrying your growing baby
• Are you leaking a little with cough, sneeze, laugh or changing positions?
• Relieves stress!
When is it appropriate to start with Post-Partum classes?
When you get an okay from your physician to start exercising, usually after your follow up visit after delivery
6 weeks after normal delivery
8 weeks after C-Section
Do you have diastasis recti ?
If you have had an episiotomy, you should wait till incision has healed
At i-Health Physical Therapy, we are concerned with you and your baby’s health. Our care will offer-
• Relaxation, stretching, strengthening, posture retraining and proper lifting techniques will be addressed.
• If you have been exercising while being pregnant and if you not in pain you can start with gentle strengthening
• We will be starting with slow impact light exercises
• Then patient will be educated on gradual progression to moderate intensity when appropriate
• Client will also be educated if scar tissue mobility is necessary as a home exercise program, however won’t be performed during the classes.
• Home exercise program will be provided at the end of the class.