How Physical Therapy Supports Pregnancy & Postpartum
A woman’s body goes through some very obvious (and some not-so-obvious) changes during pregnancy. Managing these changes during pregnancy, as well as rehabilitating afterwards, can help the mother to stay safe and recover from postpartum more comfortably.
Physical Changes During Pregnancy
During the prenatal phase, physical and hormonal changes occur, which can affect the musculoskeletal system. These changes include altered posture, shortened muscles, potential muscle imbalances, as well as changes in spinal mobility and bony alignment.
Musculoskeletal Concerns in Postpartum
During the postpartum phase, fluctuating hormone levels combined with additional physical changes as a result of delivery may also result in musculoskeletal concerns, such as excessive joint mobility, potential muscle imbalances, weakness of the core stabilizers, and altered spinal mobility and function.
Support for Pregnant and Postpartum Mothers
We can help both pregnant and postpartum mothers adjust to the many changes their body undergoes, both throughout pregnancy and after childbirth. Common Conditions Related to Pregnancy include:
- Neck Pain
- Thoracic Pain
- Low Back Pain
- SIJ Dysfunction/Pelvic Pain
- Pubic Symphysis Dysfunction
- Nerve Compression Syndrom (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Peroneal Nerve Palsy)
- Pelvic Floor Strengthening
- Diastasis Recti
- Postural deficits with pregnancy or/or breastfeeding