PregnancyPrenatal Reasons to See a Physiotherapist

If you experience any of the following symptoms during pregnancy, you would benefit from pelvic floor physiotherapy:

  • Incontinence
  • Pain with sex
  • Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP)
  • Vulva varicosities
  • Tailbone pain
  • Pregnancy related aches and pains
  • Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)
  • Pressure or heaviness in the vagina
  • Difficulty holding in gas
  • Low back pain

Seeking pelvic floor physiotherapy during pregnancy can better prepare you for birth and postpartum recovery in the following ways:

  • Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA) prevention and management
  • Learn how to relax and recruit the pelvic floor during labour
  • Review and practice various birth positions
  • Core stability training
  • Exercise prescription and guidelines for each trimester
  • Be instructed on ways to minimize injury to the pelvic floor during delivery
  • Education and strategies to improve comfort at work
  • Learn positions and strategies for a better night’s sleep
  • Assess tone and strength in the pelvic floor
  • Pelvic floor muscle training to prevent incontinence and prolapse
  • Learn postures and movements that reduce and prevent pain
  • Learn non-medicinal techniques to use during labour
    (ex: TENS machine, acupressure points)

    ©Lynn Sweeney, Physiotherapist
    BSc. Kin, MPT

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