Pregnancy & Post-Natal

pregnancy

Pregnancy is such an exciting time, but it can also be an overwhelming time. Your body undergoes such significant change, both physically and hormonally, and often many of these changes are not widely spoken about!



A pelvic health physiotherapist can help you to navigate your way through these changes by providing you with information to prevent and manage common pregnancy symptoms, give you advice on safe activity and exercise, educate and provide you with exercises for your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles, and assist you in preparing for the birth of your baby.

 

We believe all pregnant women benefit from a pregnancy assessment!



We can assist with:

  • Education surrounding the changes that occur to your body in pregnancy, and ways to prevent common pregnancy-related conditions.
  • Pregnancy related musculoskeletal pain – including common conditions such as pelvic girdle pain (pubic symphysis and/or sacroiliac region pain), back, neck, rib or hip pain.
  • Pelvic Floor Education – teach you how to activate your pelvic floor correctly and educate you on ways to prevent pelvic floor dysfunction.
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction – including the management of incontinence, sexual pain, bowel related issues, pelvic floor muscle “overactivity” and prolapse.
  • Exercise – providing you with up-to-date recommendations for pregnancy related exercise, safe exercise options, and ways to keep you moving!
  • Birth Preparation – including active birth skills, pelvic floor education, perineal massage, physio-related pain management options (such as TENS).
  • Swelling management
  • Guidance through this exciting but constantly changing period!

post-natal

Your body undergoes MASSIVE change throughout pregnancy and childbirth, and these changes are often underestimated and under-recognised.  Your body needs time to adjust and recover. We can guide you through this. Whether it is your first time, your last time or any time in between; if you are experiencing new symptoms, you want to get back to exercise, or you want to nurture your body safely back to its full potential, we are here to help.

We believe all mums will benefit from a postnatal assessment.  We recommend an appointment at around 6 weeks postpartum, where we can thoroughly assess your pelvic floor, check you for conditions such as prolapse and abdominal separation, guide your rehabilitation, assist with scar management and help you to get on top of any lingering pregnancy or new motherhood pains.  However, it is never too late to book in for this – even months or years down the track!

If you are experiencing pain, incontinence, vaginal heaviness, or you sustained a 3rd or 4th degree tear, we recommend booking in as soon as you feel up to it. It is never too early, and we are passionate about ensuring you are supported through these early postpartum weeks.

We love helping women return to their usual activities, navigate the new demands of motherhood,  and return to exercise safely, and believe it is so important to have your pelvic floor assessed prior to resuming high impact exercise.
Even if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms, a pelvic floor assessment is beneficial to ensure you are on the right track and to help prevent any issues from arising later on.

We can assist with:

  • Teaching you how to activate and rehab your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles.
  • 3rd and 4th degree tear recovery
  • Incontinence and other bladder or bowel concerns
  • Prolapse assessment and management
  • Painful sex (dyspareunia)
  • Abdominal muscle separation
  • Scar Management – for perineal and caesarean scars.
  • Recovery advice – for both vaginal and caesarean deliveries.
  • Musculoskeletal pain – including (but not limited to) pelvic girdle pain, back, neck and rib pain.
  • Mastitis
  • Exercise advice and rehabilitation.
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