Pregnancy and Post-natal Care:
During pregnancy there are hormones released which influence the laxity and softening of ligaments to help prepare the body for vaginal delivery by allowing the pelvic outlet to enlarge. However, this can have an adverse effect during the pregnancy by decreasing the stability of the pelvic girdle and resulting in low back and pelvic pain and other musculo-skeletal problems.
Urinary incontinence, bowel problems and prolapse are also complications associated with pregnancy and childbirth. Early education as part of the ante-natal physiotherapy care on how to prevention and treatment can lead to a more comfortable pregnancy and reduce the likelihood of developing these issues during the post-natal period.
Physiotherapy during pregnancy includes:
- Specific strengthening exercises to help with back and pelvic pain
- Pelvic floor strengthening exercises
- Bladder and bowel education
- Advice on safe levels of fitness training
- Relaxation techniques to prepare for labour
- Fitting of corsets/belts if needed for pelvic girdle support
It is commonly recognised that as soon as the baby is born the focus shifts from the mother to the baby with the mother’s needs put to one side.
Post-natal physiotherapy is aimed at addressing the needs of the mother post-delivery and ensuring she is in the best physical and mental shape to embrace this recovery
Most women after having a baby have weakness in their tummy and/or pelvic floor which can generate instability and poor core strength. This can often result in back pain, pelvic pain, bladder and bowel weakness.
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