Pregnancy and Post-Partum Management
Pregnancy is such a miraculous experience. However, the changes a woman’s body goes through are dramatic and can cause a number of possible dysfunctions. Many women who are pregnant may begin to experience different types of pain related to the changes in their body due to pregnancy. Some of these new symptoms are from the mechanical changes, due to increase in weight and subsequent changes in the distribution of how the weight is carried in the body. Other discomforts or pain may be due to hormonal changes. The increase in the amount of estrogen combined with the release of the hormone, relaxin, cause women’s bodies to be more susceptible to mechanical changes in the spine and sacroiliac joints as well as stretching of ligaments. This may cause pain in and around the low back area that can refer pain to other areas of the body. Some other common complaints are tendonitis, nerve compression syndromes, foot and ankle pain, abdominal pain and urinary problems.
Most physicians don’t tell their pregnant patients that the delivery process (both vaginal delivery and cesearan sections) can be quite traumatic on a women’s body. Any or all of the pelvic organs (bladder, uterus and rectum) can be affected. Some of the common complaints after the delivery are urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and painful scars which can lead to painful intercourse. Your pelvic floor physical therapist is trained to help each patient with any and all of the possible post partum complications.
Just because many women commonly deal with all types of pelvic floor dysfunctions after pregnancy and delivery does not make it normal. You deserve to return to your previous level of function and enjoy spending time with your children without worrying about your bladder or feeling pain or pressure in your pelvis. ITR Physical Therapy is here to help you!