Pelvic health physiotherapy is a meaningful complement to your prenatal care.
Pregnancy is the best time to gain postural awareness. Prenatal care may include learning the correct way of performing a pelvic floor contraction or Kegel, prevent and treat incontinence, prolapse and pain; and learn ways to reduce injury to your pelvic floor during labour and delivery.
When symptoms like incontinence, pelvic pain, low back pain or pelvic organ prolapse appear during pregnancy or after giving birth, most women think and are sometimes even told it is normal and part of being a new mom. FALSE! These symptoms are signs of pelvic floor dysfunction and not something you just need to live with.
Much can be done to help!
Did you know?
- 92% of women who leak urine at 12 weeks postpartum will still be leaking five years later? (Viktrup & Lose 2000)
- There are birthing positions that can slow down or speed up labour?
- 50% of all women who deliver a child will develop pelvic organ prolapse? (Hagen and Stark 2011)
- There are steps you can take to decrease the possibility of trauma / tears to the pelvic floor during delivery?
Consult a pelvic health physiotherapist during pregnancy if you have:
- Pain in your pubic bone, groin, back, pelvis, buttocks or legs
- Difficulties doing everyday tasks such as rolling over, walking or getting in/out of a vehicle
- Leaking urine, gas or stool when you laugh, cough, sneeze, walk, etc.
- Bulging or tenting of your abdomen when you lift your head off a pillow (diastasis recti)
- Pain with intercourse
- Vaginal varicose veins
- Questions about preparing your body for labour, delivery and postpartum
“You must know that you can do this. You are strong. You will make it. Just hang on and keep believing in yourself, always.”
— Heather A. Stillufsen