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  • Camille Poulin

Why Every Woman Should See a Pelvic Floor Physio in Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is a time of immense joy and anticipation, but it can also bring about a host of physical changes and challenges. A woman's body undergoes remarkable transformations to nurture new life. One crucial aspect of prenatal care is pelvic health. This is where a pelvic floor physiotherapist (PT) plays a pivotal role.


Understanding Pelvic Health in Pregnancy

The pelvic floor, a network of muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues, provides crucial support to organs. During pregnancy, hormonal shifts, and the expanding uterus place increased strain on these structures. This can lead to a range of discomforts including back pain, pelvic pain, and hip pain, or new onset of issues such as urinary leakage (incontinence).


The Role of a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist


A pelvic floor physiotherapist specializes in assessing and treating conditions related to pelvic health. They are trained to address issues such as:


  1. Back, Pelvic, and Hip Pain: These are common complaints during pregnancy due to changes in posture, weight distribution, and hormonal influences. A pelvic PT can offer exercises and techniques to alleviate pain and improve mobility.

  2. Preventing and Managing Incontinence: Pregnancy can cause weakness or too much tension in the pelvic floor muscles, leading to urinary or fecal incontinence. Physiotherapists teach exercises to strengthen or relax these muscles, reducing the risk of incontinence during and after pregnancy.

  3. Preparing for Labor and Delivery: PTs educate expectant mothers on optimal positions for labor, breathing techniques, and exercises that promote pelvic floor relaxation, which can facilitate an easier delivery and postpartum recovery.

  4. Postpartum Recovery: After childbirth, the pelvic floor undergoes further stress. A PT can guide women through exercises to aid in recovery, addressing any lingering issues like prolapse or ongoing pelvic pain.


For many first-time moms, the idea of pelvic floor physiotherapy might seem unfamiliar or unnecessary. However, investing in pelvic health during pregnancy is investing in overall well-being. By proactively addressing pelvic floor issues, women can enhance their comfort levels, improve their quality of life, and potentially prevent complications both during pregnancy and in the postpartum period.


Seeing a pelvic floor physiotherapist during pregnancy isn't just about managing pain; it's about empowering yourself with knowledge and tools to navigate this transformative journey with confidence. Whether you're experiencing back pain, pelvic pain, or simply want to prepare your body for labor and beyond, the expertise of a pelvic floor PT can make a world of difference. Consider incorporating pelvic floor physiotherapy into your prenatal care routine—you and your baby deserve the best possible start to this incredible adventure called motherhood. 💕

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